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Take a Hike with a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year May 26

April 4, 2018 — Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, adventure speaker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. She has covered over 12,000 miles of long-distance trails on six continents, and has hiked with her husband and 2-year-old daughter in all 50 states.

Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis for a moderate hike, and hear her amazing story on Saturday, May 26, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way.

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – 2.1-mile hike on the Long Trail. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for this moderate hike. Registration for the hike begins May 1; call 616-0554.  
  • 11 a.m.-noon – Davis will present “The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance” in the auditorium. Her book, ‘The Pursuit of Endurance,” will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

In 2011, Davis covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of 47 miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest-known time on the “A.T.” and became the first woman to set that mark. On May 26 she will describe the internal and external struggles involved in maximizing her miles and her potential. 

Davis is the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives “to make wilderness accessible and enjoyable” for hikers of all ages, genders and ability levels. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.

Sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Libraries and the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

For more information about the event, call the Nature Center at 888-4237.


Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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