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Becoming odyssa : adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Author Biography

Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking.Since then, Jennifer has hiked more than 11,000 miles on six different continents, with North American hikes including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont's Long Trail, and the Colorado Trail, and completed three thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail. She has hiked and traveled on six continents; some of the highlights include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the 600-mile Bibbulmun Track in Australia.In the summer of 2011, Jennifer topped her own 2008 Women's Endurance Record for the fastest thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, making her the overall record holder for both women and men. Jennifer is the first woman to hold the overall title.Jennifer hiked from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia. Her goal was to hike the entire 2,180-mile faster than the current overall speed record of 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes, which she did in 46 days.To break the record, Jennifer hiked an average of 47 miles a day, camping along the trail. She had trail support from legendary ultra-runner and former AT and Pacific Crest Trail speed record holder David Horton, as well as veteran AT expert Warren Doyle and Davis' husband, Brew Davis. Her hiking and backpacking accomplishments, as well as her influence as an outdoor role model, are remarkable and momentous.Jennifer is a 2012 National Geographic Top Adventurer of the Year nominee for her record-breaking thru-hike, has been on CNN, The Early Show, NPR numerous times, and was featured in Fitness Magazine and Shape magazine, among others. Jennifer has also written for Trail Runner magazine,, is a frequent contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and has written three guidebooks. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, and is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co. - (Independent Publishing Group)

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
David Horton
Introduction ix
Warren Doyle
1 Love
Abol Campground, ME, to the top of Mount Katahdin, ME---3.87 miles
2 Truth
The Appalachian Trail Institute, Banner Elk, NC
3 Ineptitude
Unicoi Gap, GA, to Springer Mountain, GA---50.9 miles
4 Adventure
Unicoi Gap, GA, to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC---84 miles
5 Adversity
Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC, to Waterville School Road, NC---103.4 miles
6 Home
Waterville School Road, NC, to Hot Springs, NC---33.4 miles
7 Friends
Hot Springs, NC, to Cherry Gap Shelter, TN---84.5 miles
8 Confidence
Cherry Gap Shelter, TN, to Damascus, VA---104.9 miles
9 Oppression
Damascus, VA, to a little past Pearisburg, VA---165 miles
10 Discomfort
Outside Pearisburg, VA, to Troutville, VA---92 miles
11 Inspiration
Troutville, VA, to Rockfish Gap, VA---132.3 miles
12 Generosity
Rockfish Gap, VA, to US 522 (Front Royal), VA---107 miles
13 Diversity
US 522 (Front Royal), VA, to Pen Mar Park, MD/PA---95 miles
14 Abnormality
Pen Mar Park, MD/PA, to Delaware Water Gap, NJ---260 miles
15 Mortality
Delaware Water Gap, PA, to Bear Mountain State Park, NY---107.9 miles
16 Perseverance
Bear Mountain State Park, NY, to Mount Greylock, MA---183.9 miles
17 Optimism
Mount Greylock, MA, to Hanover, NH---160 miles
18 Regrouping
Hanover, NH, to Pinkham Notch, NH---123 miles
19 Tribulation
Pinkham Notch, NH, to Monson, ME---199 miles
20 Triumph
Monson, ME, to Mount Katahdin, ME---118 miles
21 Homecoming
Summer 2005 to Summer 2008---3 years
2008 Itinerary 301(2)
Acknowledgments 303

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