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Since then, Jennifer has hiked more than 11,000 miles on six different continents, with North American hikes including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont's Long Trail, and the Colorado Trail, and completed three thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail. She has hiked and traveled on six continents; some of the highlights include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the 600-mile Bibbulmun Track in Australia.
In the summer of 2011, Jennifer topped her own 2008 Women's Endurance Record for the fastest thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, making her the overall record holder for both women and men. Jennifer is the first woman to hold the overall title.
Jennifer hiked from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. Her goal was to hike the entire 2,180-mile faster than the current overall speed record of 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes, which she did in 46 days.
To break the record, Jennifer hiked an average of 47 miles a day, camping along the trail. She had trail support from legendary ultra-runner and former AT and Pacific Crest Trail speed record holder David Horton, as well as veteran AT expert Warren Doyle and Davis' husband, Brew Davis. Her hiking and backpacking accomplishments, as well as her influence as an outdoor role model, are remarkable and momentous.
Jennifer is a 2012 National Geographic Top Adventurer of the Year nominee for her record-breaking thru-hike, has been on CNN, The Early Show, NPR numerous times, and was featured in Fitness Magazine and Shape Magazine, among others. Jennifer has also written for Trail Runner magazine, Away.com, and is a frequent contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, and is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co.
Jennifer is the author of two memoirs about her experiences on the Appalachian Trail, "Becoming Odyssa" and "Called Again," and has written three guidebooks.
Top Customer Reviews
Jennifer Pharr Davis' story starts off well, buoyed by the charm of a young hiker fresh out of college who doesn't even know how to wash her pans properly in the wild, someone who's decided to hike with an old pack she dug out of her parent's basement. She is not "tech-savvy" about her gear as so many hikers are these days, and has to learn almost everything through trial-and-error. In many ways it's the early-on-the-trail, day-to-day inanities like these that are so appealing about tales of thru-hikers.
But there is an odd lack of joy in her perception of the glorious world through which she passes, and it doesn't take long for a sort of sourness to creep into her narrative. She is sympathetic to those who seem most like her (a woman she perceives to be in distress, for example, or a fellow Christian hiker) but is shockingly judgmental about everyone else, calling other hikers "left-wing anti-fundamentalist squirrels." She claims such people are everywhere on the trail, and the impression is that she has been subjected to some sort of persecution at their hands; yet she never relays a single incident of any intolerance towards her own religious views. And when she stumbles upon a suicide at a New Jersey shelter, she manages to interpret it as specifically having something to do with her.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It is a must read for potential through-hikers, but it is so much more than that. I am giving it to my mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and a co-worker for Christmas. Despite being in different stages in their lives, they all will appreciate the coming-of-age story of a woman as she dares to encounter new adventures. It makes me want to go out and do something!
Buy this book - you won't be sorry.
I especially liked her admittance of early mistakes on the trail, amusing thoughts about other hikers, and the details about various towns and the strange or normal people populating them. She made me very excited about my future thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
For young women who previously haven't read anything about the AT, and don't mind constant inserts of Christian preaching, this book might be worth reading. However, there are other accounts of the AT out there that are SO much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it and couldn't put it down. Author does minimal preparation to hike and relays her experiences for others to learn from both good and bad. Fast read and well worth it.Published 3 days ago by abbiblu
I liked it so much I would pace myself reading it so I didn't read it all in one sitting. I loved reading about her self discovery, her faith and her adventure intertwined. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Carjlin
A better than average Appalachian Trail travelogue, but probably only will sustain the interest of those who, like myself, are familiar with the trail. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Michael Grosh
Title was misleading; might have been called "God helps me because I'm special" (and you're not). Got to respect anyone who makes the whole treck. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tstone,tstone
It was just fine. I can't believe I am going to write a negative review for a book that was recommended and I had such high expectations to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NCman
Most of the book is great. The ending where she brags about her other fastest times on other hikes really sucks.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. I picked it up when I first got into hiking and wanted to know what life on the AT was like, especially as a youngish woman. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie
I don't read as much as I used to. Most books, I start, but don't finish. I feel like I "get the point" in the first few chapters, and then have no further interest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Mark Lane
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