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...
  • Leigh
    Mar 12, 2019
    Great read! I meet Anish on the PCT last summer while she was going for the triple crown. I don't think this book would be good to read if you were interested in hiking the pct for the first time and wanted to learn about it. There is a lot of trail detail she leaves out (she was just ...
  • Andrew
    Apr 07, 2019
    Amazing accomplishment - 2600 miles in 60 days. Writing was good and quick, didn?t ever feel monotonous as you might fear a book about hiking would. I did find myself asking ?why? a few times - why did she do this, why did she decide to take herself out of the rest of life for th...
  • Sarah
    May 13, 2019
    Heather Anderson didn't grow up your typical athlete. She didn't even start hiking until college, and fell in love with it, and her determination carried her forward. "Anish" (her trail name) succeeded in breaking the time record for the fastest hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), c...
  • 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...
  • Tracy
    Mar 03, 2019
    I don't currently have anyone in my life who connects with wilderness in the way I used to before I gave into a conventional suburban life with my two kids and a minivan. I ask myself hourly what I am doing here and if I have lost the courage to go back out for fear of something happen...
  • 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...
  • David Kessler
    May 14, 2019
    If you wish to capture what it is really like to hiking long-distance trails, this book will do it. The elation of rising over a pass or rounding a arÍte or the fear of a lightning storm or lack of drinking water, it is all captured by Anish in her story. This is a special sort of hi...
  • 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...
  • Shelley
    May 15, 2019
    The could not understand me and therefore criticized me... Over the years and miles, I'd berated myself. I'd tried to change. I'd tried to settle down. I'd tried to have a career. I'd tried to substitute running for thru hiking. I'd tried to force myself into any number of conventional...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Nancy N
    Mar 08, 2019
    It doesn?t matter if you?re a thru hiker, a day hiker, a woods wanderer, a simple meanderer, or anti-outdoors, this book is amazing! It?s something to read if you?ve ever totally doubted yourself and the things you can achieve. If you?ve faced fears of any kind. You will pick...
  • 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...
  • Amber R-C
    Apr 13, 2019
    A thoroughly enjoyable and exhausting account of Anish?s FKT record on the PCT. I saw a recent review that lamented the factual play-by-play of the book & I have to disagree that this is a bad thing. It?s exactly what we want as armchair athletes - we want to be with the author...
  • 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...
  • Sasha Wolf
    May 04, 2019
    I had such mixed feelings about this book. Anish's struggle to accept herself as an athlete with her body image, her disability and her depression really resonated with me, as did her spiritual experiences on the trail. On the other hand, I often wanted to shout at the book in frustrat...
  • David Lastinger
    Mar 31, 2019
    I have spend a wee bit of time on the PCT compared to what Heather has done. However, I was able to envision myself on the same trails as she laid out her journey. If you are a hiker of any sorts, this will be a great read for you. Once I started, I could not put it down. There will be...