Heather, known as Anish on trails, is the second female to complete the “Double Triple Crown of Backpacking”–completing the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails each twice. She also holds overall self-supported Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) on the Pacific Crest Trail (2013)–hiking it in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 min, which broke the previous men's record by four days and established the first female record–and the Arizona Trail (2016) which she completed in 19 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes. She also holds the female self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (2015) in a time of 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes.
She has hiked over 20,000 miles since 2003 including 10 thru-hikes: Appalachian Trail (2003, 2015), Pacific Crest Trail (2005, 2013), Continental Divide Trail (2006, 2017), John Muir Trail (2005), Wonderland Trail (2010), Arizona Trail (2016), and Oregon Desert Trail (2017).
She is also an ultra-marathon runner and has completed six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. She is also an avid mountaineer and peakbagger working on several ascent lists in the US and abroad.
When not on an adventure Heather is an ACE certified Personal Trainer who coaches online. She also speaks regularly about her adventures and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trail records (due out 2019).
Photo: Sirena Dufault.