March 18, 2019 / Doug Schnitzspahn & King Staff / National Geographic & King5News

Bellingham Hiker Heather Anderson Named National Geographic 2019 Adventurer of the Year

Bellingham woman hiked America's 3 longest trails in a single year. King5News - King Staff

It took Heather Anderson 251 days to complete the Triple Crown - that's thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail.

On November 8, Anderson - whose trail name is "Anish" - became the first woman to hike the nearly 8,000 miles in a single calendar year. Only five others, all men, have completed the Triple Crown in under 365 days.

The feat earned her the title of National Geographic's Adventurer of the year for 2019.

 

Meet the trailblazing thru-hiker who walked 8,000 miles in a year. National Geographic - Doug Schnitzspahn

With 28,000 miles to her name, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Heather Anderson has made history on America's most iconic trails. I ASK HEATHER “Anish” Anderson if she is a spiritual person. I know it must take more than pure physical strength to will someone to walk 8,000 trail miles in 251 days. I have also heard that she does not like a lot of fanfare—such as being named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year—and I want to give her a question that will resonate deeper than just asking how she pulled it off. She answers simply, “yes.” Nothing more. No explanation.

 

 

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