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Jennifer Pharr Davis The Trailblazer: Hiker, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
Jennifer Pharr Davis is an internationally recognized adventurer, speaker, author and entrepreneur who translates her experiences into a path that allows people to better navigate their work and their world.
An expert on "what it takes to keep going," Jennifer has covered more than 14,000 miles of trails on six different continents. In 2011, she set the overall record on the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,185-mile footpath in 46 days – an average of 47 miles per day. She is the first and only woman to hold this title.
Jennifer has backpacked over 700 miles pregnant, walked across North Carolina while still nursing her newborn son, and hiked in all fifty states with her two-year-old daughter. She is a proponent of "moving women forward" in every season of life.
As a speaker, Jennifer has shared her original stories and outside-the-box insights with Fortune 500 companies, conferences, secondary schools and universities. She is an example of endurance and excellence, and is a thought leader for self-care in extreme environments. She is highly regarded for her ability to relate backcountry adventures to a variety of audiences and objectives.
Jennifer is an author who has published nine books, including her recently released "empowering blueprint on resilience" The Pursuit of Endurance (Penguin Random House) and her best-selling adventure memoir Becoming Odyssa. She has also written articles for The New York Times, Outside magazine and Backpacker.
As an entrepreneur, Jennifer founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company in 2008. Her business strives to make the trails "enjoyable and accessible" through its Asheville based shop, Appalachian Trail Bunkhouse, and professional guiding service.
Jennifer has been been named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and one of Men's Journal's 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years. She is featured in the 2020 IMAX Film Into America's Wild (narrated by Morgan Freeman), was a board member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, currently serves on the President's Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
But more than her accomplishments, it is Jennifer's capacity to connect with people and inspire them to engage positively with their work, their community and their environment that makes her... The Trailblazer.