Jennifer Pharr Davis
Hiker, Author, Speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Jennifer Pharr Davis Bio
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, Jen 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. Since that time, her A.T. record has held up against numerous male challengers.
Jen has written five books, including three North Carolina guidebooks and two hiking memoirs called Becoming Odyssa and Called Again. She has also written articles for Blue Ridge Outdoors and Trail Runner magazines and has contributed to articles in Backpacker, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure.
She is a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures hundreds of times and in all fifty states, including presentations to corporations, colleges and universities, libraries, bookstores, and trade associations.
Jen is the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (www.blueridgehikingco.com), 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.