One out of every five people who attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail will finish the trail. Thru-hiking on the 2,100-mile trail normally takes 5 to 7 months. Jennifer Pharr Davis completed the trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 31 minutes.
Davis wrote about the experience of setting the record in her book, but instead of merely focusing on the trail, she gives the reader an look into the world of thru-hikers, a subculture that few outside the world of serious hikers even know exists. Davis, who set the women’s record for thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2005, decided to tackle the general record six years later.
So she set off in Maine and hiked southward towards Georgia. Davis averaged just fewer than 50 miles a day. During that time, she hiked from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. usually. Two years later, her record remains unbeaten as she continues her book tour. Not one to stay off the trails for long, she’s moved on to a new project of hiking in all 48 continuous United States.
Her book came out in June.