March 8

Brand Ambassador Gear List – Heather “Anish” Anderson on the AZT

Next up in our series where we give you a look at what’s inside of our Brand Ambassador’s packs:  Heather “Anish” Anderson and her gear list for her Arizona Trail self-supported Fastest Known Time.

The terrain on the AZT is very diverse and a surprising amount of the trail isn’t the classic desert terrain one would expect. In fact, from the Utah border the trail immediately climbs to the Kaibab Plateau which is at 9000 feet. After going from rim to rim in the Grand Canyon, it traverses the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world which is at an elevation of 7000 feet before dropping off the Mogollon Rim into the mountainous southern half of the trail. Rugged mountain ranges in the Mazatzal and Superstition Wilderness provided nighttime wildlife sightings, including a mountain lion that watched her as she ate her snack. After the Superstitions the trail goes through the lowest elevations near the Gila River at 1100 feet. The southernmost 200 miles are dominated by the Sky Islands, ranges that take you from cactus to aspen in just one day.



Anish on the AZT
Anish on the AZT

This set up took Anish through a wide range of environmental challenges from freezing sleet to 100 degree temperatures during her 19 day journey. She hiked the 800-mile trail southbound in the fall from October 4th to October 27th. Here is her gear list:

Anish AZT FKT Gear
Anish AZT FKT Gear
Gearweight carried (oz)weight worn (oz)
Gossamer Gear Mariposa35
Loksack Opsack1.6
Bamboo spoon0.7
Ultimate Direction Body Bottle Plus1.7
extra batteries2.4
Black Diamond Icon headlamp w batt6.9
Gossamer Gear Nightlight Sleeping Pad6
Sawyer All-in-One Filter w inline Adapter3
Sawyer 64 oz pouches (2)2.8
Ibex Balance Bra1.7
Montbell U.L. Shell Gloves1.7
3pr Point 6 extra light mini crew hiking socks31.5
Gossamer Gear Polycryo Groundsheet1.5
Ultimate Direction Beanie0.7
Ultimate Direction Desert Hat2
Point 6 compression socks2.6
Fleece sleep pants4.4
Altra Trail Gaiters1.1
Suntactics 5 cell solar panel
Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket5.3
ditties/first aid2
Platypus hoser bladder3
Altra Performance Half Zip3.6
scorpion light3
trash compactor bag1.4
Zpacks Soloplex16
Gossamer Gear Umbrella8.5
Altra Paradigm shoes15.2
Zpacks sleeping bag16
Montbell Tachyon Jacket1.4
Total9.4 lbs.1.6 lbs.

The only items that she would not have carried again were:

Scorpion flashlight: Used it, but never saw a scorpion. Probably a non-essential unless you’re very allergic.
Suntactics solar panel charger: Not functional to use while walking since it needs VERY direct sunlight.
South Kaibab Trail
South Kaibab Trail
Mazatzal Wilderness
Arizona Trail at Picketpost Trailhead
Arizona Trail at Picketpost Trailhead
The big finish- 19 days 17 hours 9 minutes, a new self-supported Fastest Known Time!
The big finish- 19 days 17 hours 9 minutes, a new self-supported Fastest Known Time!

If you’re interested in reading more about her adventures follow her on social media at @anishhikes or visit Run, Hike, Live, Love.

To learn more about the Arizona National Scenic Trail, visit