Monday, August 26, 2013

the fastest woman in the West

Last week the media jumped all over the story of a 30-year-old vegan hiker who broke the speed record for the Pacific Crest Trail. Dude deserves credit for sure, but it's important to note that he had help from Whole Foods, and his record was for a supported hike. Far more impressive was a lone female hiker who arrived at the end of the 2,650-mile trail at midnight the night before, exhausted and alone. Heather Anderson, a 32-year-old hiker, has been kinda ignored by the press, but earlier this month she became the fastest woman to ever hike the PCT and the fastest self-supported hiker of any gender, shattering the previous record by four days. This girl -- who was overweight in high school and didn't get outside til she was 20 -- hiked an average of 44 miles a day for SIXTY STRAIGHT DAYS. No matter what you think about speed-hiking, that deserves some recognition.

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