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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
If you are thinking about getting this book for the equipment reviews and recommendations, don't do it, there aren't any in this book. If you are looking for hiking techniques, tips you can use, secrets about completing the trail that a record holder would hopefully know, Jennifer doesn't share any of those in this book either, maybe the next one. And lastly, if you think you are going to gain some sound practical backpacking knowledge or profound insight that would surely be part of supreme test of endurance, you would be mistaken again.
What clearly comes out in this book is how hard the hike was for Jennifer. If you aren't familiar with the Appalachian Trail then Jennifer's description of her perseverance adds gravitas to her achievement. There are a couple things that her storytelling doesn't do. It doesn't inspire me and it doesn't portray Jennifer in a positive light. Her husband is a saint and her friends make incredible sacrifices to support her but she doesn't really treat them with equal generosity, so this book is disappointing in that regard.
I have a library of hiking and backpacking books that goes back over 40 years to the first edition of Colin Fletcher's Complete Walker and I am proud of each and every book. I was initially going to toss this book when I finished it, but I thought better. Maybe I'll read it again in a couple years and discover something useful the second time around. For now, I can't recommend it.
This isn't a book just for people interested in the Appalachian Trail. The author's description of her spiritual and emotional feelings will resonate with anyone. And she doesn't present herself as a plaster saint: she gets grouchy at times (as who wouldn't, after hiking a sixty-mile day, or when being confronted by an importunate paparazzo!) My partner (an occasional hiker and frequent one-man support crew) clipped out a cartoon from The New Yorker a while back and it's on our refrigerator door: two hikers are in the woods and one says to the other "It's a good thing this is a leisure-time activity, because you couldn't pay me to do it." Yes, indeed! As Ms. Davis says (p. 177): "I may not be having fun, but I feel a sense of joy and purpose. When things are this difficult it causes you to change and grow."
People hike the trail for various reasons: to get in touch with nature, for a 2000-mile party, or for a personal challenge.Read more ›
The athletic achievement certainly deserves accolades but overall, what would make a wonderfully fascinating trail journal makes just an okay book. The writing is, at best, serviceable, and at times it was difficult to get through it. It also seemed a little too personal and specific sometimes and after a while, I simply didn't care what she was thinking or how she felt because a lot of it had nothing to do with hiking and would be more suitable for a diary. Furthermore, the illustrations would be more appropriate for a shelter log than a published book—although they did make me chuckle at times, as with the bear family peeking around the tree or the close-up of the kangaroo.
I would definitely recommend this book for endurance athletes to gain an understanding of the internal struggle to succeed. For average hikers and Appalachian Trail aficionados, there are more informative and entertaining books available.
*** = "it's okay"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to follow Becoming Odyssa! Really enjoyed her journey and couldn't hardly put it down through the whole book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marty Lawson Lee
Jennifer is driven and brave and amazing! This book encompasses the struggle for self love and the sacrifices we make in relationships so honestly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tara Millington
Second book of the triliogy, almost couldn't put it down. Wonderful writing
and wonderful story.
A well written book which takes you on the author's journey to set the AT trail record. It definitely captures love at work through great difficulties and challenges. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NJ gal
Jennifer Pharr Davis is, in my opinion, a wonderful writer and story teller! This particular story chronicles her trials and tribulations, along with the great adventure as she... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clifford Greaves
A tale of conquering a seemingly impossible feat by taking one step at a time and pushing your body beyond it's perceived limit. A great read if you're a fan of the AT.Published 4 months ago by Sarn
Walked on the Appalachian Trail this summer.. 12 miles.. This is a great story about this young girls adventure on the Appalachian Trail...Published 4 months ago by annieptigger
After reading Jennifer Pharr Davis' book, "Becoming Odyssa," I couldn't wait to read her next book, "Called Again." I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edwin E. Cole
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