Jennifer Pharr Davis

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Jennifer Pharr Davis
Born (1983-05-25) May 25, 1983 (age 36)
NationalityUnited States of America
Other names"Odyssa"
OccupationAuthor, Speaker, Hiker, Founder and Owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (Asheville, NC)
Known forLong Distance Hiking

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a long distance hiker from the United States of America, author, speaker, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and Ambassador for the American Hiking Society.[1] She has hiked over 14,000 miles on six different continents, including thru-hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail (three times), the Colorado Trail, the Long Trail in Vermont, the Bibbulmun Track in Australia, and numerous trails in Europe and South America (e.g., the Tour du Mont Blanc, West Highland Way, Laugavegur, GR 11 (Spain), GR 20, and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Cotahuasi Canyon and the Inca Trail.

Pharr Davis lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Brew and their daughter Charley.[2] She attended the Asheville School.[3] She first hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2005 after graduating from Samford University.[4] To prepare for her initial hike, she attended a class taught by Warren Doyle at the Appalachian Trail Institute. In 2008, she 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 Long Trail trail record in 7 days and 15 hours in 2007. She also established the fastest known time on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia in 2008.[4]

In 2011, Pharr Davis held the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail completing it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. In 2015, Scott Jurek finished 3 hours and 12 minutes faster.[4][2][5].

Pharr Davis has written a number of books: She has written two guidebooks about hiking in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, and one about hiking near Asheville, North Carolina. She has also written two memoirs- 2010's Becoming Odyssa, about her 2005 Appalachian Trail thru-hike,[2][6] and 2013's Called Again, about her record setting A.T. hike. Jennifer has also written 2017's Families on Foot[7] and 2018's The Pursuit of Endurance. [8]

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Pharr Davis has shared her trail lessons hundreds of time all across the country, including presentations to Fortune 500 companies, trade organizations, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, libraries, festivals, churches, and other non-profits. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and The Early Show on CBS. Her articles have appeared in print and online editions for Outside Magazine, Trail Runner, and Blue Ridge Outdoors, and she has contributed to articles in Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and Backpacker.

In 2008, Pharr Davis founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company, with the belief that "the trail is there for everyone at every phase of life" and with the goal of getting people outdoors on their own terms. The company leads half-day, full day and overnight trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville.[9]

Pharr Davis is an ambassador for the American Hiking Society, and she was featured as one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year in 2012. She was also named Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine's Person of the Year in 2008, and her record-setting A.T. hike in 2011 was named "Performance of the Year" by Ultrarunning Magazine.

In 2012, Pharr Davis hiked 600 miles while six and seven month pregnant with her daughter, Charley,[10] and once her daughter was born, she hiked with her husband and young daughter, in all fifty states by the time she was two[11].

In 2017, Pharr Davis hiked the 1,175 mile Mountains to Sea Trail in partnership with the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. With the support of her husband, Brew, she was able to complete this hike while still nursing her one year old son, Gus, who was born in 2016. [12][13]

Pharr Davis is also hiking the Continental Divide Trail in sections through the Rocky Mountains.[14][15][16]


  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 Horan, Jack (2 August 2011). "One step at a time for 46 days, 2,181 miles". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
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  4. ^ a b c Collins, Jeffrey. "Woman sets Appalachian Trail fastest-hike record". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Woman hikes Appalachian in 46 days". United Press International. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  6. ^ Thomson, Candus. "Woman breaks Appalachian Trail speed record". Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  7. ^ News, 2014; Lowenstein, Observer File Photo-Corey. "Whether a day hike or a trek across the state, 'Families on Foot' authors can get you there". newsobserver. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  8. ^ "Appalachian Trail thru-hiking season gets a boost by Jennifer Pharr Davis". Citizen Times. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  9. ^ "Blue Ridge Hiking Company"
  10. ^ "Record breaker Jennifer Pharr Davis on hiking while pregnant". 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. ^ LaRocco, Leah (2018-05-30). "Pushing Through Self-Imposed Limits: The Question That Fueled Record-Setter Jennifer Pharr Davis To Endure On The Appalachian Trail". Women You Should Know®. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  12. ^ "AHS Ambassador, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Reflects on her Mountains-to-Sea Trail Thru Hike". American Hiking Society. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  13. ^ "Asheville thru-hiker bags 1,175-mile trek across Mountains-to-Sea Trail". Citizen Times. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  14. ^ "Adventurers of the Year: The Hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis" retrieved April 30, 2014
  15. ^ Clemmons, Anna Katherine, "Pharr Davis Thrives on Trail," retrieved July 2, 2013
  16. ^ Gordon, Jacob, "Jennifer Pharr Davis: 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year," retrieved May 10, 2014

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