Jennifer Pharr Davis

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Jennifer Pharr Davis
Nationality American
Known for Hiking

Jennifer Pharr Davis is an American long distance hiker and author.[1] She currently holds the unofficial record for the fastest thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, an average of 47 miles (76 km) a day, set on July 31, 2011.[2][3][4]

Pharr Davis lives in Asheville, North Carolina.[3] She first hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2005 after graduating from Samford University.[2] In 2008, Pharr Davis set the record for the fastest Appalachian Trail hike by a woman, in 57 days and 8 hours, an average of 38 miles (61 km) per day. She had previously set the Women's Long Trail trail record in 7 days and 15 hours in 2007. [2]
Pharr Davis has written two hiking guidebooks about hiking in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, as well two memoirs; 2010's Becoming Odyssa, about her experience hiking the Appalachian trail in 2005, [3][5] and her most recent book, 2013's Called Again, about her experience hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, offering guided hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.[6] She was featured as one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year in 2012. [7][8][9]


  1. ^ Mulvihill, Keith (23 July 2011). "Speed Hiker Thrives on Natural Rhythms of the Appalachian Trail". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Collins, Jeffrey. "Woman sets Appalachian Trail fastest-hike record". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Horan, Jack (2 August 2011). "One step at a time for 46 days, 2,181 miles". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Woman hikes Appalachian in 46 days". United Press International. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Thomson, Candus. "Woman breaks Appalachian Trail speed record". Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blue Ridge Hiking Company"
  7. ^ "Adventurers of the Year: The Hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis" retrieved April 30, 2014
  8. ^ Clemmons, Anna Katherine, "Pharr Davis Thrives on Trail," retrieved July 2, 2013
  9. ^ Gordon, Jacob, "Jennifer Pharr Davis: 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year," retrieved May 10, 2014

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