On the Trail
Jennifer Pharr Davis has hiked over 11,000 miles on long distance trails, trekked on six continents, and currently holds endurance records on three separate trails. In 2011, Davis became the first woman to claim the overall record for fastest thru hike on the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,181 mile journey in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes—an astounding average of 46.9 miles per day. Davis, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will recount stories from her record-setting hike on the Appalachian Trail.
More About Jennifer Pharr Davis
Jennifer has hiked over 11,000 miles of Long Distance Trails. She has trekked on 6 continents and currently holds endurance records on the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track. She is the first woman to be the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. She set this mark by hiking the 2,181 mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes – an average of 46.9 miles per day.
In 2008, Jennifer was named Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year. In 2011, Jennifer appeared in the Sunday edition of The New York Times; and on national television and radio shows such as CNN Headline News, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She was also named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and voted Ultrarunning Magazine’s top female performance of 2011.
Jennifer has written for, or appeared within, the following magazines: Blue Ridge Outdoors, Backpacker, Trail Runner, Men’s Journal, Shape and Fitness Magazine. She has also authored several books, including three North Carolina guidebooks, her hiking memoir: Becoming Odyssa, and her latest, Called Again.
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days – an average of 47 miles per day – she became the first female to ever set that mark. But Called Again is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love.
The most amazing part of this story is not found at the finish, but is discovered through the many challenges, lessons and relationships that present themselves along the trail. This is Jennifer’s story, in her own words, about how she started this journey with a love for hiking and more significantly a love for her husband Brew. Together, they were able to overcome rugged mountains and raging rivers, sleet storms and 100 degree heat, shin-splints and illnesses. They made new friends and tested old friendships; they shared together laughter, and tears – a lot of tears. But, through it all, they fell more in love with one another and with the wilderness.