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On cold autumn mornings in Montana, Heather “Anish” Anderson would hike along wrapped in her sleeping bag, carrying a water filter she’d cuddled with all night to keep it from freezing. Each day, the number of daylight hours waned, and each day she raced south, trying to keep pace with fall as she thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail. She passed yellowing aspen leaves through the rolling hills of southern Montana and into Wyoming, all the while hoping not to see snowflakes.

“Autumn is one of my favorite times to hike, but there was a lot of stress,” Anderson says. “I still had a long ways to go, and so I was trying to do as much as I could, as

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