UVa Chapel Free Trolley Bus Stop
Jefferson School City Center
Join me for an evening with an author, speaker, and three-time Appalachian
Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Phar Davis. We’ll meet at the Chapel Free Trolley Bus Stop (McCormick Rd.) at
6:30PM and take the bus to the Jefferson School City Center.
Biography from amazon.com:
Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where
she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one,
Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell
in love with long-distance backpacking.
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.