Encourage, inspire and educate is not only the motto for Blue Ridge Hiking Company, but it's exactly what store owner Jennifer Pharr Davis does. She has trekked on six continents and currently holds three endurance records for the Long Trail, Bibbulmun Track in Australia and the Appalachian Trail. All this, in under six years and 30 years of age. Check out a list of her accomplishments:
2005 – Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
This 28 year old phenom trekked about 47 miles a day in order to break the Appalachian Trail record on July 31st, 2011. The previous speed record, held since 2005 by Andrew Thompson, was 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes. Beating that record by at least a day, she set it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. Her love for the trails started in the Mountains of North Carolina where she grew up. In 2005 after her first solo female thru-hike on the AT, she wrote a book Becoming Odyssa, Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.
Through her adventures, Jennifer finds out she is stronger then she thought. Being under thirty and accomplishing such amazing feats right out of college is something a lot of us would love to do. Even if we can't accomplish the same things she has, I challenge you to set out on at least one epic adventure of your own. Challenge yourself to push your limits, get out of your comfort zone, trust others, and most importantly, become self-confident. Personally, I struggle with this every day and it's hard to "find yourself" buried under the monotonous day-to-day grind.
Jennifer is truly an inspiration to us all, especially those 21-30 year old women who tend to stay in our comfort zone and not push our limits. I hope to meet up with her at this week's upcoming Outdoor Retailer Show and share more inspiring info about her with you!