PCT Thru-Hike Record Setter Swears By Patagonia Houdini Jacket

“I had never used the Houdini Jacket before my hike, but now I know it will always find its way into my running and backpacking packs for every trip!”

On August 7, 2013, Heather “Anish” Anderson set a new speed record for her self-supported thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. She completed the 2,260-mile hike in just 60 days – that’s about half the time most hikers spend on the trail. Anish (Heather’s trail name) wore her Patagonia Houdini Jacket almost every day of her hike, and she loves it so much we decided to team up with her to host a giveaway: the first five people to buy a Houdini jacket from www.tahoemountainsports.com will get a $20 gift card toward their next purchase!

A thru-hike on one of America’s 2,000+ mile long trails always puts gear and clothing to the ultimate test. Daily use for months on end is more than most items are manufactured to withstand. From June 8th to August 7th 2013 I hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail (2,660 miles), setting a new self-supported record. During this hike I needed gear I could rely on since there wasn’t really time to replace things along the way. I had several pieces of critical gear that met and exceeded my expectations. The Patagonia Houdini Jacket was one of them.


Heather, aka Anish, rocking her Patagonia Houdini Jacket on Forester Pass

This jacket was the workhorse of my layering system. I wore it probably 50+ days out of the 60 I was on the trail. It offered excellent protection from everything: sun, cold, wind, bugs, etc. I did not carry a separate long sleeve hiking shirt since this jacket covered all my bases. Its versatility is exactly what I was looking for in a jacket/layer and the fact that it dried in an instant was one of the biggest bonuses of all. I also appreciated the hood, which is missing on some other ultra-light wind shirts. Despite constant use it shows no real signs of wear except some discoloration where it was under the pack straps. Add all of that to the fact that it weighs in at less than 2-oz and can pack down to the size of an energy bar and you have the perfect windproof shell.

Tahoe Mountain Sports is a “brick and click” family owned business in Kings Beach, California. They carry gear from top brands such as PatagoniaThe North FaceDeuterMerrell and Black Diamond, and their knowledgeable staff can outfit you from head to toe for any outdoor adventure. I love supporting independent businesses and am very excited to help them with their Patagonia Houdini Jacket promotion because really, everyone should have one of these jackets!  Just in time for the best hiking season (and rainy months), the first five people to buy a Houdini jacket from Tahoe Mountain Sports will get a $20 gift card for use toward their next purchase!


A lifetime achievement – 2,660 miles later at the US/Canada border







I had never used the Houdini Jacket before my hike, but now I know it will always find its way into my running and backpacking packs for every trip!











Adam Broderick manages the web content at Tahoe Mountain Sports. When he is not in the office, he tries his best to be in the field doing something awesome.

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