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Record-breaking hiker to speak at The Barn

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The fastest person to ever hike the Appalachian Trail will discuss her travels and her newest book during an appearance this month at the Amelita Mirolo Barn.

In 2012, Jennifer Pharr Davis set the overall speed record for hiking the Appalachian Trail, finishing the 2,181-mile journey in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes -- an average of 469 miles per day.

Not only did Davis break a record held for the previous 40 years by men, but she trimmed 26 hours off the old standard by hiking for 16 hours a day, beginning at 4:45 a.m., and sleeping on the trail or at road crossings, thereby eliminating commute times to and from the trail.

She also was named National Geographic's "2012 Adventurer of the Year."

Davis will share her experiences at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 while promoting her newest book, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph, at the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.

The event is free and is being presented in a partnership between the Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department and Outdoor Source at 3124 Kingsdale Center.

"(Davis) actually contacted us about appearing as part of her book tour," said Ryan Hamler, manager of Outdoor Source's Upper Arlington store. "It ties in with what we're all about -- backpacking, kayaking, travel.

"She's a woman who's out there doing this amazing stuff."

Immediately prior to Davis' appearance, Hamler said, there will be a brief presentation about the Buckeye Trail, an approximately 1,200-mile trail that loops around the entire state of Ohio and is the state's longest scenic hiking trail.

Both programs, Hamler added, are geared toward encouraging area residents to be active and experience the natural world, be that in Ohio or beyond.

"If you hop in your car, four hours gets you to some amazing places in Kentucky and West Virginia and other places," he said. "We've been in business here for 10 years and every year, we talk to between four and eight people who are heading out for a trip on the Appalachian Trail."

As part of the Aug. 14 program, attendees will have opportunities to purchase Davis' books and have them signed by the author, Hamler said.

Additional information about the program is available by calling parks and recreation at 614-583-5309.