Authors on Stage with Hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis

Category: AuthorsCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Jennifer Pharr Davis is well known in the outdoor adventure  realm as the record holder for the women's supported hike in the Appalachian Trail, which runs between Mount Katahdin in Maine and Springer Mountain in Georgia. On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Ms. Davis will visit New Canaan Library to speak about her book Becoming Odyssa, an account of her first venture onto the Appalachian Trail.  The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Unsure about her life’s focus upon college graduation in 2008, Jennifer was drawn to hiking the famous Appalachian Trail, which stretches 2,175 miles, Maine to Georgia. Despite pleas from her family and friends to reconsider, she set out alone to hike the trail, hoping it would give her time to consider what to do next. Though the next four months brought her physical and emotional challenges the likes of which she had never imagined, she also gained so much more than she had imagined. Becoming Odyssa recounts Jennifer’s hardships along the trail, encounters with fellow hikers, unexpected kindnesses and the discovery of her own resilience and growth.
Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. Since her first Appalachian Trail hike, Jennifer has hiked more than 11,000 miles on six different 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 is a 2012 National Geographic Top Adventurer of the Year nominee for her record-breaking thru-hike, has been on CNN, The Early Show, NPR numerous times, and was featured in Fitness Magazine and Shape magazine, among others. Jennifer has also written for Trail Runner magazine,, is a frequent contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and has written three guidebooks. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, and is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co.