Fastest Self-Supported Hike of the Appalachian Trail
The Feat: Jurek wasn’t the only athlete to break a record on the Appalachian Trail this year. Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson speed-hiked southbound from Maine to Georgia in seven weeks, all while carting a backpack that contained her tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, and supplies. She arrived at Springer Mountain on September 24, 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes after she began, beating the previous record for an unsupported hike-thru of the 2,189-mile trail by an astounding four days. Anderson is no stranger to record-breaking feats of endurance. The Seattle-based personal trainer also holds the self-supported speed record for the Pacific Crest Trail (60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes).
Previous Record: Matt Kirk set a record of 58 days, 9 hours, and 38 minutes in 2013.
The Near-Miss Moment: Anderson’s biggest obstacle was timing. She’d mailed herself food resupplies by post ahead of time, but struggled to pick up the boxes during regular business hours and still maintain her pace.Back to top