Jennifer Pharr Davis

Award-winning author

Sought after speaker

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

President’s Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition

Being struck by lighting. Trudging through a blizzard with one eye frozen shut. Covering 47 miles a day for a month and a half straight on the legendary Appalachian Trail. Hiking 500 miles through the rugged Spanish Pyrenees in her second and third trimesters. Walking 1,100 miles across North Carolina while nursing her newborn son.

These are the experiences that have made Jennifer Pharr Davis who she is. An award winning author and small business owner, a wife and mother who can juggle evening grad school classes with a robust speaking career, an environmental activist and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who served on the President’s Council for Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition and has been called “the Serena Williams of long-distance hiking” (PBS).

Jennifer Pharr Davis knows how to keep going- to persevere, remain adaptable, communicate clearly, rely on a team, take care of herself in extreme environments. And shatter a glass ceiling. She’s done it time and again. Let her inspire YOUR team to go farther and accomplish more than they ever thought possible. 

Meet Jennifer

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Pharr Davis knows what it takes to keep going. As a hiker, she has covered more than 14,000 miles, exploring trails on six continents and in all fifty states. Jennifer has hiked the Appalachian Trail three times. In 2011 she set the fastest known time (FKT) on the A.T., completing the 2,190 mile footpath in 46 days- an average of 47 miles a day- and besting marks established over decades by elite male ultra runners.

As a mother of two, Jennifer has yet to slow down. She backpacked 700 miles across the Pyrenees and Iceland during the second and third trimesters of her first pregnancy, hiked 1,100 miles across North Carolina while nursing her newborn son, and took her daughter on trails in all 50 states before she turned two. Off-trail, Jennifer is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning author, and the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew, their children Charlotte and Gus, and a pair of pet goats named Coffee and Cream.

Previous Clients

Speaker Reel

Jennifer took the time to tailor her comments to our financially influenced audience and was engaging, inspiring, and reinforced our strategic initiatives. It is rare to find a speaker who connects so well, and our entire audience’s response was overwhelming. We would love to have her back again!

Marc Mullins

Regions Bank

Jennifer’s story will touch every emotion and leave you amazed at her strength and perseverance. Her authenticity and genuine spirit make you feel as if you’ve known her forever. The feedback from our audience was tremendous and she left our female leaders inspired and motivated to never doubt the possible.

Clarissa Felts

VP Corporate Communication, Lowe's Home Improvement

Jennifer was outstanding. Her stories were relatable and her messages to our students were spot on.

Dr. Thomas S. Lyons

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

“At times reminiscent of the writings of such travel memoirists as Cheryl Strayed and Bill Bryson, Pursuit of Endurance is an inspiring work that could become a regular companion for distance hikers or, indeed, for anyone embarking on a personal challenge.”

- Publishers Weekly

Award-winning Author

Jennifer has published nine books, including her seminal Appalachian Trail memoir Becoming Odyssa. She also has a blog with tales from the trail and beyond!

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