Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home

Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home

By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT)?a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mounta By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail (AT), P...

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Title:Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home
Author:Heather "Anish" Anderson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1680512366
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home Reviews

  • Michelle Morrell
    Apr 13, 2019
    I read this straight through in about three hours on a Saturday morning, and in doing so I felt maybe I understood the author's staggering determination to do something amazing, break the fastest time ever to walk the Pacific Crest Trail. Okay, no, I'm kidding, lying in bed with my...
  • Ali Edwards
    Aug 12, 2019
    Since I can?t hike right now (ankle sprain) I decided to order some books about hiking/hiking memoirs and this was the first I read. I read it in a few hours and enjoyed it - I can?t imagine hiking 40+ miles daily for two months - definitely inspiring in the ?get out there and ma...
  • Danika
    Jul 13, 2019
    Heather is pretty remarkable. I?ve been following her endeavors for a few years and was excited to read this memoir. Thoroughly enjoyed it, though it felt a little superficial. Maybe I just wanted more. My favorite story was the exchange with her 5th grade gym teacher who doesn?t b...
  • Leah
    Feb 28, 2019
    I have admired Heather Anderson for years, following along with her mindblowing journeys on America's long trails. She recently completed a calendar triple crown, shortly before this book was released. We're taken back to her first record setting hike on the PCT, an intro to a woman wh...
  • Misti
    Feb 03, 2019
    Loved, loved, loved this book! The PCT has never been high on my list of the Triple Crown to hike (I've done the AT and the FT (not a TC trail)) but Anish's writing enticed me to re-evaluate it as a potential priority the next time I'm in a season of life to do another thru-hike. H...
  • Chana
    Jun 16, 2019
    I enjoyed Heather's story very much. She has grit and determination beyond anything I have ever imagined. I have a little secret wish in me to through hike. I am 61 with no hiking skills or experience whatsoever. I go out and walk in my neighborhood with my secret wish in my heart. It ...
  • Leah Hortin
    May 20, 2019
    Overall, I enjoyed reading through Anderson's adventure but I found myself wanting a lot more to this book, especially afterward. I would have also liked to have had some pictures included in the book as well. I didn't feel like I connected with her "why" or her drive at all, though I ...
  • Nina
    May 13, 2019
    I live in the Northwest. So when this local author published this book, my local online hiking group talked about it. Then the author piped into the discussion to say ?order the book from my website and I?ll sign it.? Score! I loved this adventure tale. I was thirsty for her a...
  • Tracy Fleming-Swehla
    Jun 08, 2019
    I?m reading and researching and following youtubers & Instagramers focused on the PCT this year in excitement and support of my son as he hikes the 2600+ mile trail. This book drew me in because ?Anish? set the record for the fastest completion time of an insane 60 days. ...
  • EJR
    Aug 16, 2019
    I felt like I was hiking with Jeremy and listening to 10 hours of complaining about having no water. ...
  • Amy Moritz
    Feb 20, 2019
    Full disclosure: I have interviewed Heather "Anish" Anderson on more than one occasion. I don't know her. I wouldn't even go so far to say we're acquaintances. But I love her. So I went into this with a preconceived notion that I was already going to love this book. And it did not d...
  • Eli
    Apr 27, 2019
    This was yet another of my ?guilty pleasure genre? (long distance hiking) reads. As is often the case, people who are capable of impressive feats of physicality are often not capable of equally impressive writing. AND WHY IS HER TRAIL NAME ANISH. Ugh, the constant racism of cultura...
  • Stacey
    Apr 02, 2019
    As a fellow thru-hiker of the PCT, I really enjoyed reading Thirst. Anish does a great job sharing her personal journey within and along the trail as she pushes herself in ways that would break most of us. Hiking a long distance trail is a profound personal pilgrimage no matter how you...
  • Martha☀
    Aug 14, 2019
    Exhilarating! In 2013, Anish set the fastest known time (FKT) for backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, alone and self-supported, in a record time of 60 days 17 hours 12 minutes. This young woman was faster than any other man or woman on this 2650 mile (4265 km) long trail. Imagine hav...
  • Tara deCamp
    Mar 11, 2019
    I have so much respect for Heather "Anish" Anderson, and I identify with her in some regards. I was never good at sports in school - always picked last for teams, one of the last to finish the mile, etc. But something about hiking did it for me. I have a huge connection with nature, an...
  • Fred Friel
    Apr 19, 2019
    A must read for every thru hiker or tentative thru hiker. Heather completed her Pacific Crest Trail Fastest Known Time in 2013 in over 60 days and so many hours. Her descriptions of thirst and heat exhaustion in the desert, altitude sickness in the Sierra, and just overall exhaustio...
  • Brett Anderson
    Mar 26, 2019
    "My day starts at 5 a.m. I will walk all day at 3 miles per hour, stopping only to get water, dump sand from my shoes or such. Each stop lasts but a few minutes. I walk until the miles pile up, until night falls and my headlamp comes out, until the aching in my feet and legs seems unbe...
  • Anita Elder
    May 28, 2019
    I love books like this and wish that I were younger and could do something similar. I'm older now and things hurt too much to attempt them, but this book has given me the courage to try to hike longer/higher than I have. ...
  • Kasey Lawson
    Mar 05, 2019
    ?Why is it that I can?t be content to live a ?normal life?? Why do I spiral into depression when I am away from the wilderness too long? What possible use could my only talent be when it?s something as basic as walking?! Why am I happiest as a vagabond of the wild? I?d pra...
  • Dan Ward
    Jun 04, 2019
    It was an interesting read but like much of the genre surrounding thru hikers there is a ton of 'Me' or 'I' throughout this book. It is hard to get over the self absorbtion of the author. I've listened to podcasts and read other books about thru hiking and this is pretty typical. Walki...
  • Gail Storey
    Mar 11, 2019
    Shimmering with Heather Anderson's sensibility, finely honed by thru-hiking the "Triple Crown" of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home is an exceptional book in that Anish (her trail name) reveals the Pacific Crest Trail a...
  • Robin
    Aug 06, 2019
    Heather Anderson hiked a mind-boggling 40+ miles per day for 60 straight days to complete the 2600 mile PCT faster than anyone previously. I enjoyed her descriptions of the slog, and I read it in a day. Her accomplishment was amazing, and I'm in awe of her pure deep grit and athleti...
  • Sergey
    May 02, 2019
    I'm giving the book 4 stars for her achievement, but, to be honest, as a piece of literature it's not very good (even though short). Also, I have hiked the PCT (and live in Washington). I have my own memories of the places she talks about and know how they look and feel. Without it ...
  • Franziska
    Mar 17, 2019
    This was not my first book about a PCT thru-hike but the first about a FKT record attempt. I have a lot of respect for what Heather ?Anish? (her trailname) Anderson achieved. In her book she describes most of her days during her record hike and takes small sidesteps into her childh...
  • Natalie
    Apr 15, 2019
    Never go hiking, lest you discover what your life has been missing, and yearn for it every day after. I read a review of this book as part of my job, and the timing was just what I needed: feeling like life had little to offer me at present, I figured I might as well finally do the ...
  • Stefan Shirley
    Aug 11, 2019
    From an outsider's perspective, Anish is not just hiking a trail in pursuit of a record. Anish is walking away from a past not fully explained in this book. It's as though I was reading about one person's struggle with life, love, and just being human ... oh, and on the side, she's str...
  • Erica Zutz
    Mar 21, 2019
    Love this book and the vivid detail of hiking the pct. it was amazing. All I want to do is hike. Hike forever. ...
  • Natalie zieman
    Feb 21, 2019
    For those who know me ? you?ll know that the woods and the connection to nature through hiking is something especially important to me. There is no other activity that I can think of in my life that brings me a real palpable rush of joy and calm as does standing on the precipice ...
  • Ryne Anderson
    Apr 03, 2019
    This was a fun and quick read. I wanted more on what was driving her to go for the record. It seemed to me like she was holding back in telling the full story of how her past and dissatisfaction of trying to have a "normal" life affected her motivations on the trail. I'd love to read t...
  • Tim Mathis
    Feb 11, 2019
    This book is SO good! It chronicles the author's 2 month process of setting the speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail, and manages to make an unimaginable accomplishment - hiking 2650 miles in 60 days - deeply relatable. There's just so much to like here. It's beautifully written, an...