Adventurer of the Year

Friends of Panthertown will host a presentation by Jennifer Pharr Davis – athlete, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year – on Saturday, August 18.  The program will be held at The County Club of Sapphire Valley from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. as a benefit in support of conservation work in Panthertown Valley.

Jennifer Pharr Davis has logged over 14,000 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, Jennifer 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!

Jennifer will be sharing slides and stories, answering questions, and reading excerpts from her new book, “The Pursuit of Endurance.”  Publishers Weekly says, “This inspiring work [is] at times reminiscent of the writings of such travel memoirists as Cheryl Strayed and Bill Bryson… [and] could become a regular companion for distance hikers or, indeed, for anyone embarking on a personal challenge.”

Jennifer will also be selling and signing books after the program.  For her adventures, she 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.”

Friends of Panthertown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization that works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to conserve this outstanding natural resource while improving the quality and experience of recreational opportunities in Panthertown Valley, a 6,295-acre backcountry recreation area with 30 miles of public trails within Nantahala National Forest.

General admission tickets for “An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis” cost $10 per person.  Tickets are available online at and at Cashiers Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center.  For more information, or to inquire about VIP ticket packages, contact Friends of Panthertown at [email protected].