11/17/2011 - Asheville's Jennifer Pharr Davis nominated NatGeo's Adventurer of the Year
by Alli Marshall - Mountain XPress
Local athlete Jennifer Pharr Davis was named fastest Appalachian Trail thru-hiker after after completing the 2,180-mile AT in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. Because of this accomplishment, she's been nominated for NatGeo's People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.
According to a press release, "National Geographic released the list of Top Ten Adventurers of the Year last week, and now the polls decide who will be the People's Choice winner of 2012. Voting ends on January 18, 2012, allowing for two months of logging on and 'Voting Jen,' one vote per day, per computer (or cell phone). Davis is an inspiration to people from all walks of life for first breaking the Women's AT Thru-Hike Record, and then the Overall/Men's Record by 26 hours."
A graduate of Samford University, Jennifer Pharr Davis completed her first Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2005. Since then, Pharr Davis has hiked over 11,000 miles on six continents, completing the Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail, Long Trail, Foothills Trail, Bibbulmun Track, GR-20, Haute Route, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, West Highland Way, Inca Trail, and a summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Long Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Pharr Davis resides in Asheville, NC with her husband and hiking companion, Brew.
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