Woman sets Appalachian Trail record

5:18 PM, Aug 4, 2011   |    comments
Jennifer Pharr Davis in Georgia at the end of her record Appalachian Trail hike.
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  • SPRINGER MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A 28-year-old North Carolina hiking enthusiast ended a 2,180 mile journey in the mountains of North Georgia, completing the Appalachian Trail in what appears to be world record time.

    No official trail records are kept, but Jennifer Pharr Davis believes her 46-day hike is the fastest, eclipsing the old unofficial record by a day.

    "I hope it will inspire other women to take part in outdoor activities and to set their sights high," Davis said.

    Davis has hiked the trail three times. Her last journey in 2008 was completed in 57 days.

    Her journey began on June 16 on Mount Katahdin in Maine. Davis averaged 47 miles a day, walking at a pace of about three miles-per-hour.

    Davis said it wasn't the speed, but the hours. She hiked 15 to 18 hours each day.

    "I had some bad weather," she said. "I had horrible shin splints. I was sick on the trail. So, there were plenty of times when I thought I wouldn't be able to do it."

    Still, she said there were plenty of moments that kept her going.

    "It's amazing," Davis said. "You go through the hard times, but the scenery is so beautiful. I saw 36 black bear. I saw moose and deer. You become a part of nature."

    Her pictures and blog can be found at www.blueridgehikingco.com.

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