Jennifer Pharr Davis hits the trail

Jennifer Pharr Davis and her whole crew – husband Brew, daughter Charley, and son Gus – are starting the first steps down Clingmans Dome to begin an epic three-month journey across NC on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail today. The whole family will hike 4 miles, likely with a few M&Ms dispensed to nudge the children along (well, and maybe the grown-ups, too).

Tomorrow, Jen will begin the work of logging the serious daily miles that will bring her to Jockey’s Ridge State Park, some 1,175-miles distant, sometime in mid-November.

Jen is no stranger to long hikes. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail right out of college in 2005. She returned in 2008, and with the support of new husband Brew, she set the women’s record for fastest hike (57 days, 8 hours), and was back in 2011 to set what at the time was the new overall record (46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes).

On the MST, however, Jen plans to take time to savor the view of leaves coloring the landscape as she moves West to East.

She’ll be keeping us posted on the journey, and Brew will be adding in with notes on cultural and family-friendly venues along the trail. She’ll also be taking time out to meet and talk with you at several special events – in Asheville, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Wilmington. To register for the events, go to the Jennifer Pharr Davis Hikes the MST page.


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