Summer Adventures with Champion Thru-Hiker Anish Anderson

Originally Posted on July 11, 2016

Our newest brand ambassador, Anish, chatted with us recently about her favourite trips and her tips for new adventurers.

 

H: Hi Anish! Thank you for taking the time to have a chat with us. How’s your summer going so far?

A: So far it’s been great! I’ve been doing a lot of peakbagging all over the western states.

H: Can you tell us a little more about how you like to spend your summer months?

A: I generally like to stay in the mountains as much as possible! I split my time between peakbagging, trail running, climbing, and hiking.

H: Where would you say is the most awesome place you’ve been to in the warmer seasons?

A: Wow, that is a tough one! I have been to so many gorgeous places. So far this year I think I’d have to say Northern Nevada. It was surprisingly beautiful there. But Glacier National Park in Montana and the Canadian Rockies are two of my all time favorite places to hike.

H: You love to go on big trips, but what’s your favorite place to adventure to in your own hometown?

A: Seattle is perfectly placed between the Cascades and the Olympics, so we’re very lucky here. I generally use any excuse to roam around the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It’s wild and rugged back there.

H: Do you have any tips for beginner travelers/adventurers?

A: Do your research! There are a lot of excellent resources out there both online and in print. Having contingency plans and verifying details in advance (including multiple sources) can save you a lot of headaches on any trip.

H: Camping in the woods or camping by the water?

A: Definitely in the woods. Camping by water comes with a host of problems ranging from higher environmental impact to an increased likelihood of adverse animal encounters.

H: What keeps you going? What motivates you to keep travelling and adventuring?

A: The pure love of it.

H: As someone who holds several fastest-known-time records, do you find you push yourself harder when you’re alone on a self-supported journey, or when you are racing side-by-side against other athletes?

A: I’m always just eager to do my best. How that stacks up to other people is incidental. I like how it feels to push myself physically and mentally.

H: What do you look forward to most when you wake up?

A: Coffee!

H: What’s the next big thing you have planned?

A: Haha, well, whatever mountain has good weather this week!

H: Thank you so much for your time! We loved chatting with you. So glad to have you on board as an ambassador. We can’t wait to catch up with you next!

A: Thanks! It’s been a pleasure.

 

You can read her introductory blog post here.

Follow Anish on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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