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Jennifer Pharr Davis

Hometown:  Asheville, NC


Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has covered over 13,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents.

In 2011 Jennifer hiked the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven miles a 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 the mark.

Jennifer has written six books, including three North Carolina guidebooks, a “how to” with her husband Brew, and two hiking memoirs called Becoming Odyssa and Called Again. She has also written for the New York TimesOutside magazine, and Trail Runner, and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. Next spring she will have a new book with Viking called The Pursuit of Endurance.

Jennifer is a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures with corporations, conferences, and schools across the country. She is 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’s also a board member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society.

She’s received numerous accolades including National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, One of Men’s Journal‘s 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years, and North Carolina’s Laurel Wreath Award. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew, their four-year-old daughter Charley and their newborn son Gus.

Favorite Sawyer Product and Why:

Stay Put Sunscreen- I have two young kids and don’t have to worry about re-applying when we hike all day. Once in the morning does the trick!

Favorite Outdoor Location:

Max Patch, Appalachian Trail in Western North Carolina

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

The trail is there for everyone at every phase of life

Provide Clean Water Water Filtration