She’s Hiking For A Living
Imagine having the opportunity to turn a hobby into your career. That’s what Jennifer Pharr Davis found herself doing….and didn’t even realize it.
Growing up in North Carolina, Davis played basketball, tennis, ran marathons and even finished an ironman triathalon. But hiking was never something that interested her. Until the age of 21 when she decided she wanted one more adventure before she entered the ‘real world’ of a full-time job.
So, living only one hour from The Appalachian Trial, she knew she had found her adventure. For the next five months, Davis hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, by herself, dealing with the elements, wild animals and her fears of trekking the entire 2,181 miles through 14 states from Maine to Georgia.
When she stepped off the trail after 5 months, she realized she had learned more there then she had in all her formal education. She did go back to her job of working in a museum, but continually found herself being pulled back to her love of hiking.
That’s when Davis realized she needed to start her own business. At 25, with the help of her husband, she started her own business called Blue Ridge Hiking Company, with the goal of getting people outdoors to enjoy nature’s beauty.
But just because she could check hiking the Appalachian Trail off her list, didn’t mean she was done with it. Davis later returned to re-hike the Trail. And to do it in a record pace. She broke the women’s record for the fastest completion of the trail. She did it in 57 days and 8 hours.
Jennifer Pharr Davis will be talking about her experiences on the Appalachian Trail and other adventures at the Sioux Falls Public Library-Main Branch in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, October 17.