Anish’s vast wilderness experiences have provided a deep well from which to draw on in her presentations. Her presentations weave together adventure stories with meaningful life lessons. A typical talk is slide show based, with images from her adventures. It can revolve around a single adventure or meld multiple experiences together. A Q&A session can be included. Below are examples of talks she has given. She can also customize talks to create a program that suits the needs of any organization.
Sample Presentation Topics
These talks center on a specific hike and weave stories and experiences from the trail into a compelling storyline. Perfect for outdoor groups looking for an evening of entertainment.
Trails: Oregon Desert Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Arizona Trail
Dream Big, Be Courageous
This talk centers on the concept of choosing your own path in life. Anish has pursued her dreams both on trail and off despite setbacks, failures, and societal pressures to the contrary. An excellent choice for any group seeking inspiration through the lens of thru-hiking.
Education and Instruction
These talks synthesize Anish’s deep knowledge and experience base into concise and informative presentations. These presentations can be combined with one another and/or interactive sessions to create a workshop format. Great for outdoor clubs looking for educational programming.
Sample topics: Intro to Ultralight Hking, Thru-hiking 101, Backpacking for Women, Trail Nutrition, Training for your First Thru-hike
“Sure, Heather’s reputation as one of the fastest hikers in the long-distance backpacking community helped attract folks to her Oregon Desert Trail presentation last year, but it was her engaging and humorous storytelling that really made her talk a success. With refreshing honesty, Heather shared her challenges and struggles with the difficult desert route in a way that made the hike more approachable instead of daunting…an impressive outcome considering the source!” Renee Patrick, Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Oregon Natural Desert Association
“Heather, your talk [Overcoming Fear on the Pacific Crest Trail] was so powerful. It touched a lot of people at a deep level, as we all have fears and insecurities. I am so pleased that you shared your vulnerability in such an honest way. A far more memorable message than a pure adventure story.” ~Steve Ghan, Inter-Mountain Alpine Club
TedX Napa Valley April 2015