National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis, plans to speak at a special event in the Gallery Room of the Richland Public Library at 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
Pharr Davis, who just released her third book, has logged more than 12,000 miles on six continents and has completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail three times, including a 2011 thru-hike of 46 days where she logged 47 miles per day. That trek set the overall endurance record for men and women on the Appalachian Trail.
Thru-hiking is hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end.
She has also completed thru-hikes of the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 486-mile Colorado Trail, the 525-mile GR11 through the Spanish Pyrenees and numerous other trails throughout Europe and America. In addition to her record on the Appalachian Trail, she has held endurance records on Australia’s 620-mile Bibbulmun Track and on Vermont’s 280-mile Long Trail.
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Her 2011 Appalachian Trail hike was named “Performance of the Year” by UltraRunning Magazine, and she has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Guideposts magazine, as well as on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Morning Show.
Her latest book, Called Again , chronicles her record-breaking Appalachian Trail hike.］