Meet Heather Anderson, current record holder for fastest self-supported through-hike of the PCT, in Portland on February 1

Heather Anderson

Heather “Anish” Anderson, hiking the PCT in June 2013. Meet Anish on February 1 in NW Portland. Photo from the Anish Hikes facebook page.

If you know what that headline means, you may have already heard of Heather Anderson, AKA Anish Hikes, and her recent record-breaking effort to cover the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Skip to the bottom of this post to find out how you can meet her.

If not, here are a few definitions:

Self-supported through-hike: A hike following the entire length of a trail that is done completely by one person – that person receives no help from others delivering food, aid or equipment, uses no forms of transportation other than their own body, and leaves no trace – everything they bring with them on the trail leaves with them.

PCT: Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,655+ mile long trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada – including some beautiful sections in Oregon, including Crater Lake and the Three Sisters Wilderness area). (I’ve found information stating it’s 2,650 miles, 2,655 miles, and 2,663 mile – no matter how you cut it, it’s a big deal.)

Fastest: Heather Anderson completed this impressive feat in just 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. That’s about 45 miles per day. PER DAY.

What kind of person can do this?

Find out yourself – meet the woman who just did it last summer: Heather Anderson, who lives in Bellingham, Wash. She’ll be talking about her PCT adventures – probably including some of her ultramarathoning experiences too – on Saturday, February 1 in Portland. The exact location is TBD, but it will be in NW Portland. Tickets are only $10 online here or $15 at the door.

Get more details, RSVP, and share the event with friends through the “Evening with Anish” facebook page. 

This event is sponsored by our friends at Animal Athletics. Thank you, guys!


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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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