Thirst: 2600 Miles to Homeby Published 01 Mar 2019
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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 mountains.
In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is "Anish," conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage--her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail--pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers--she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward. (Mountaineers Books)
Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home Reviews
I felt like I was hiking with Jeremy and listening to 10 hours of complaining about having no water.
Another whine-y story about a girl believing herself a looser "finds" herself on the Pacific Crest Trail as she looses weight, some emotional baggage, beating some dude's record.... Yawn....
Do not waste your time. Read about this title in a Hiker Mag. Downloaded it. waste of dough and time.
Poorly written. Use in "what not to do" in a writing class. Lots of "thats' and prepositions. Got distracted by poor prose.
"Wild", another book by a young woman on the PCT, is better written but she too has LOTS of emotional baggage; not kid-friendly, lots of expletives.
don't waste your time.
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 of a trail along a mountain ridge, or listening the leaves in the thick of a Maple Forest , or drinking in the sweet un-mistaking scent of coniferous smells of a trail through the pines . Every year I grow more and more bold and adventurous and spend more time day dreaming about working up the nerve to push further , do a solo overnight that may lead to a long thru hike. The PCT is on my bucket list – but first I I aim aiming something closer to home in Canada 😊
To keep my daydreaming alive - I started a page on Facebook to Journal and share my adventures as I embark on completing the full end to end hike of the Bruce Trail ( in Ontario, Canada) . You quickly learn about the hiking community when exploring social media and ravenously I joined a whole slew of groups to take in everyone’s experiences, advice and of course the pictures of adventures amongst the tree’s, and trails. When I think about it - really only Hikers can appreciate the endless pictures tree’s, creeks, trails and rocks and keep interested 😊( I mean really after the first few pictures of tree’s one would think they’d get bored of posting the next 20!! Not avid hikers!) In joining these groups I stumbled on an All Women Hiking group that really got me excited – as these were experiences of like minded women, sharing their love of hiking , their frustration, their fears, their accomplishments and their failures – in such an open way that it could help but inspire women like myself to continuing pursuing the thing I love to do. As a result of joining this group I heard about this book – of which Heather had posted herself!
Once downloaded into my kindle – I ravenously read the pages and couldn’t put it down. Well written, raw and full of openness and emotion – I was shocked at how emotional I was reading the chapters and truly feeling Heathers experience’s on the PCT. The daily descriptions of the hike allowed me to imagine for myself where she was and the sensory elements that a hiker can experience through varying climates and terrain. I held my breathe every time she stumbled on an animal and reacted the same I would – fearful and grasping “what I do now?” “Should I be loud?”, “Should I run?” “Am I really to tired to be scared anymore?”. I cried when she made it to northern terminus and felt the accomplishment I can only imagine must have been rushing through her. I could really empathize with the numerous fears she shared as she was marching north . I felt her emptiness post hike and know that yearning for myself ( albeit I am nowhere near her trail experience!!) The fears she shares in this book are the same fears that I know I have and I hope to draw on her experience as an inspiration to push my limits further and further. This was a great read, an inspirational one- especially for like-minded women and am so thankful to have stumbled on her post on Facebook to prompt me to download it .
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 make it happen” realm.
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 having the single mindedness to pursue a seemingly impossible goal for two solid months without any break. It is unfathomable. But she did it with the simple mantra of 'take another step'. There are very few rainbows and unicorns in Thirst. She is sore, muscle-fatigued, sleep deprived and loses an alarming amount of weight. She has wounds that won't heal and strange aches and pains. But she has a strength of mind that pulls her through.
Her day-to-day account of her journey is lyrical, poetic and humble. She gives details about significant events or landscapes that she encounters, making each day an adventure. She is honest about her self-doubts and shows the darkness that can take over the mind once the body is weakened. Unlike other backpacking books, Anish spends more time describing her trail experiences, as well as the wildlife and flora she encounters, rather than describing the towns, resupply stops, showers and burgers along the way. Perhaps this is because she spent so little time socializing, updating media and resupplying. She wanted to be on trail and alone and her story shows that passion.
I have hiked and run on some parts of the PCT and a few other long trails and I hunger (and thirst!) for more. Anish has made me want to lace up my shoes and get out on the trails again. She reminds me that there is always suffering involved when raising the bar but there is also a deep satisfaction
(PS this book is the absolute polar opposite to Cheryl Strayed's Wild. Anish is a true athlete who prepared for and completed her goal with grace, humility and modesty. Strayed, on the other hand ....)