Heather "Anish" Anderson did it again. On Thursday, September 24, 2015, she set the fastest known time (FKT) for hiking the Appalachian Trail "unsupported." Anish's time: 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes.
In 2013, Anish set the FKT for a self-supported, 2,650-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail: 60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes.
At first, I failed to find the exact time of her departure from Katahdin that began her southbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike, but it was posted in her own writing on her Facebook page.
Anish didn't want her hike to be a media event, so she flew under the radar. On purpose.
She carried a GPS device to prove her claims to doubters/haters.
It is only in confronting fear that you can truly conquer it.
And confrontation can only come when you step into that unknown space between initiation and success.
So please, do your part to respect the nature of a self-supported journey by not trying to engage with me along the trail. Trust me, your prayers, positive energy, and cheers from home can indeed be felt by a woman walking her own path many miles away.
I hike to find the answers to my questions about my own strengths, weaknesses, abilities, desires, and purpose in life. I hike to be immersed in the wild places that I love. I hike to find communion with my God and learn reliance thereon.
I hike, because that is the essence of my being.
2,189 miles of adventure await!
"Fortune favors the brave."--Virgil
"I think I'll just do the minimum miles necessary to break the record and just coast in from here," said Anish.
To no one.
As the miles dwindled into the double digits I became aware that I was crushing more than miles. I was crushing a lifetime of self defeating beliefs.
So now, I walk off of Springer Mountain, alone just as I came. My pack, my feet, and my heart are light, unburdened at last.
And, I am aware that the end of every journey is simply the beginning of the next and that, far from being behind me, the greatest achievements of my life lie ahead.
New Appalachian Trail self-supported speed record: 54:7:48
Anish defines herself as an "endurance adventurer." Indeed.
We define her as a woman worthy of her accolades.
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