Jennifer Pharr Davis

About Me:

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, adventure speaker, and 2012 National Geographic  Adventurer of the Year. She has covered over 12,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents and has hiked with her husband and two year old daughter in all fifty states. In 2011, Jennifer covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the “A.T.” and became the first woman to set that mark.

Jennifer has written five books, including her most recent memoir Called Again: Love and Triumph on the Appalachian Trail, which Kirkus Reviews called “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” She is also a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures hundreds of times and in all fifty states, including programs with corporations, colleges, libraries, bookstores, and trade associations. 

Jennifer is the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (, a guiding service that strives “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable” for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew and their two year-old daughter Charley.

Favorite Sawyer Product and Why:

“Sawyer Mini because it only weighs 2 ounces and costs around $25. It’s the best filter in the world!”

Favorite Outdoor Location:

“The Appalachian Trail through Grayson Highlands in southwest Virginia.”

One Piece of Advice or Something You’ve Learned Spending So Much Time Outdoors:

“If you want to finish a thru-hike, you have to be simultaneously very stubborn and very flexible.”

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Facebook: /jennifer.p.davis.3
Twitter: @JenPharrDavis
YouTube: /jenpharr
Hometown: Asheville, NC