National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to visit South Stokes High School

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, South Stokes will host athlete, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held at South Stokes in the gymnasium from 2:15 p.m. until 3:20 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Davis has logged over 12,000 miles on six different continents, including thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, numerous trails in Europe, and the Appalachian Trail three times. In 2011, Davis wanted to test her physical limits. With the help of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of friends, she set the fastest known time (male or female) on the “A.T.” by hiking 47 miles a day for 46 days straight.

Davis will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions, and reading excerpts from her new book Called Again, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” She will also be selling and signing books after the program.

For her adventures, Davis has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ESPN, and the CBS Early Show. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company (, an Asheville, North Carolina-based guiding service whose mission is “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through the written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.”

For more information about the program, please call South Stokes at 336-994-2995. Visitors should plan to arrive between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. and sign in at the office upon arrival.

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