A Feat of Endurance: Hiking The Appalachian Trail
This spring, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts have begun hiking up the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, hoping to complete the nearly 2200 mile Appalachian Trail.
While most people take about six months to complete the hike, Jennifer Pharr Davis completed the trail in a record-setting 46 days and 20 hours in 2011--the fastest time ever recorded at that time. We talk with her about what drives record-breakers on the trail. Pharr Davis is author of the new book The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.
Pharr Davis talks about researching her book, The Pursuit of Endurance
- Jennifer Pharr Davis - American long-distance hiker. In 2011, she set the record for the Fastest-Known Time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail, a distinction she held for four years. She’s the author of The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience, released April 2018 (@JenPharrDavis)
- Laurie Potteiger - Information Service Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (@lpotteiger)
- Sam Ducharme – Connecticut resident who thru-hiked the trail in 2015. He now speaks about the Appalachian Trail at libraries around New England. (Watch Sam's AT vlog here)
Chion Wolf and Carlos Mejia contributed to this show.