Adventurer Jennifer Pharr Davis to visit Sisson library

By Meg Wempe
Special to The PREVIEW

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at noon, the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library will host athlete, author, speaker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis.

The program will be held in the large conference room from noon to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No registration is required — just come on in and hear from this special speaker.

Jennifer has logged over 12,000 miles on six different continents, including thru-hikes of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 485-mile Colorado Trail, the 275-mile Long Trail in Vermont, numerous trails in Europe and the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.) three times.

In 2011, Jennifer wanted to test her physical limits and, with the help of her husband, Brew, and a dedicated group of friends, she set the fastest known time (male or female) on the A.T. by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 days straight.

Jennifer will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions and reading excerpts from her new book called “Again,” which Kirkus Reviews calls “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” She will also be selling and signing books afterward.

For her adventures, Jennifer has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ESPN and the CBS Early Show. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (www.blueridgehikingco.com), an Asheville, N.C.-based guiding service whose mission is “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through the written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.”

For more information about the program, please call Meg at the library, 264-2209. We hope to see you at the library.

This story was posted on November 4, 2014.