Hiker Breaks Record on Appalachian Trail By KEITH MULVIHILL
Published: August 1, 2011
Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked the roughly 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days 11 hours 20 minutes, breaking the record of 47 days 13 hours 31 minutes held by Andrew Thompson since 2005. Pharr Davis set out from Mount Katahdin in Maine on June 15 and reached the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia at 3:26 p.m. Sunday.
Pharr Davis rose at 2:45 a.m. the past two days, hiking 60.2 miles Saturday and the final 36.2 miles Sunday. A crowd of more than 50 people gathered atop Springer Mountain to greet her. “I just cried,” she said. “It was such a relief.”