Mud, Rocks, Blazes
Mud, Rocks, Blazes Book Review
Mud, Rocks, Blazes Letting Go On The Appalachian Trail by Heather “Anish“ Anderson is an amazing story about a young woman pushing herself to the extreme. This is not just a story of a woman hiking the Appalachian Trail it is a story about a woman trying to set the fastest know time or FKT for this thru hike. she shares her ups and down physically and mentally all along the way, pushing her mind and body to their absolute limits. Her incredible strength and determination is nothing short of a true inspiration.
Anish hiked for 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes covering 2,189 miles. Traveling southbound from Mt. Katahdin in Maine all the way to Springer Mountain in Georgia she spent long days on the trail hiking well into the night and getting only 4 hours of sleep or less a day, burning more calories than she could consume.
Anish invites us in to her daily thoughts and battles within herself and deep rooted pains that once plagued her. Through her journey she shares her transformation along the trail.
“After a couple of minutes I was finally able to stand. I looked at my watch and was shocked to see I’d been in the river for half an hour. I looked north on the AT - white blazes beckoned me backward to the last road crossing in Franconia Notch and the warm hostels of nearby North Woodstock. I could go there and call Apple Pie. She would take me to the airport. I could accept my complete failure once and for all. I could live with the fluke of the PCT. It no longer permeated my dreams or my daily life now that I no longer spoke of it. Only on the trail did the specter of Anish the Ghost haunt me. I tried. Now I can let it go forever.” - Excerpt from Mud, Rocks, Blazes by Heather “Anish” Anderson
Heather Anderson’s story is a true inspiration to any one thinking about taking on a hike such as this one. It’s a real awakening on how beautiful and cruel the Appalachian Trail can be. I recommend this book to any who enjoys hiking or has interest in hiking, thru hiking or is looking for a absolutely inspiring story.
Anish is also the author of “Thirst 2600 Miles to Home” her story of thru hiking the PCT. Another amazing journey of Heather “Anish“ Anderson. This is another of her books I highly recommend if you are looking to be inspired by a incredible adventure.