Samford Classics alumna Jennifer Pharr Davis '04 is on the path to a second record-breaking hike of the full Appalachian trail. According to a July 23 New York Times article about Davis, she is hoping to break the current record of 47 days 13 hours 31 minutes for a supported thru-hike. The day that article was published--day 37 of her trek--Davis reported via her Facebook page that she hiked 46.9 miles between 5:25 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.
In 2008 Davis broke the women's record for a supported thru-hike, a feat chronicled in her adventure memoir, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail. The book explores Davis' physical and emotional transformation through the grueling 57 day, 8 hour journey.
For her Appalachian Trail record Davis was named 2008 Outdoor Person of the Year by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. To date, she has hiked more than 9,000 miles of long distance trails on six continents and hold endurance records on the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track. She founded Blue Ridge Hiking Co. to make the wildnerness accessible and enjoyable through written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.