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Slow & Steady = Trail Record

Heather “Anish” Anderson smells the flowers on a North Idaho hike last week, a pleasure she forfeited during her speed-record trek on the Pacific Crest Trail. (SR photo: Rich Landers)

“I ’m not a particularly fast walker,”  Heather Anderson said – much to the relief of  her interviewer – as she hiked a North Idaho trail last week. “The difference between me and the thru-hikers who have a fast pace is that I walked 3 mph all day and into every night, averaging 5 hours of sleep, without a rest day.” For two months! That’s how Anderson, 32, beat the unsupported backpacking speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail by four days. Starting June 8, 2013, at the U.S-Mexico border, the Bellingham hiker averaged nearly 44 miles a day gobbling up nearly 2,700 miles along the PCT to arrive at the Canada border in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. “Once I realized this was not a backpacking trip – that it was all about pain and suffering – it was easier to cope,” she said/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: How far is the longest hike that you've ever taken?

Complete Ironman Coeur d’Alene Results

After crossing the finish line with a new women’s Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene course record of 9:17:54, Linsey Corbin goes back to be congratulated by spectators Sunday afternoon in downtown Coeur d’Alene. (Photo: Bruce Twitchell, special to The Spokesman-Review.)

The battle is joined: Walla Walla inmate files records request re: proposal to ban excessive inmate record requests…

Alan Parmelee, an inmate at the state penitentiary at Walla Walla, has filed a large records request for “any and all records in any format, from any agency and/or person, relating to the prospective and subsequent passing, directly or indirectly, of HB 1181 and SB 5130.”

The bills he cites are bills aimed at limiting excessive records requests by prison inmates.

“I think it’s fitting that the very person who prompted the law in the first place will be the legal test case to try it out,” Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, said in a press release this morning. Carrell sponsored the Senate version, which would allo courts to limit requests if they seem aimed at harassing or intimidating state officials.

Attorney General Rob McKenna has urged lawmakers to pass such a law, saying that some inmates have made a “cottage industry” out of filing massive records requests, then seeking cash penalties when the records are late or a record is wrongly denied.

For more on Parmelee, see this Seattle Weekly profile from last summer.