Niagara Gazette

June 9, 2013

'Adventurer of the Year' Jennifer Pharr-Davis leads hike into the Niagara Gorge June 19

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The record holder for hiking the Appalachian Trail — at a pace of nearly 50 miles per day — will be leading a more leisurely hike into the Niagara Gorge on June 19.

Jennifer Pharr-Davis, also named a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will follow the four-and-a-half-hour hike with a lecture and signing of her new book, “Called Again,” which chronicles her record setting hike.  

Pharr-Davis, who currently holds the overall record for hiking the Appalachian Trail in just 46 days, has hiked over 11,000 miles of long distance trails. She has trekked on 6 continents and currently holds endurance records on the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track. She is the first woman to be the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. She set this mark by hiking the 2,181 mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes — an average of 46.9 miles per day.

The hike will begin at 11 a.m. at Niagara Falls State Park and will end at Artpark.  Reservations for the hike are required and space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 282-5154. Following the hike, at 6:30 p.m., Pharr-Davis will give a talk on her accomplishments and sign copies of her new book on Old Falls Street by the Comfort Inn The Pointe. Both events will take place rain or shine.

In 2008, Pharr Davis was named Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year. In 2011, she appeared in the Sunday edition of The New York Times; and on national television and radio shows such as CNN Headline News, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She was also named one of a group of National Geographic Adventurers of the Year and was voted Ultrarunning Magazine’s top female performance of 2011.