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World-class adventurer speaking in Kamloops and Merritt next week

Jennifer Pharr Davis. (via Blueridge Hiking Company/Facebook)

It's a title many would want, but few have achieved: National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Jennifer Pharr Davis was given the title in 2012, and for good reason after hiking more than 22,500 km across six continents.

And not just easy meandering pathways through suburban neighbourhoods!

In 2011, she set a record for hiking the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, logging over 75 km a day.

The American followed up with over 960 km of hiking while six and seven months pregnant in 2012.

If that struck a chord, then there's more where that came from at a pair of Thompson-Nicola Regional Libraries.

Pharr Davis, who's been on CBS and in the New York Times talking about her experiences, is going to be at the Merritt Library in less than a week — Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

For those in Kamloops, she'll be at the downtown library at 6 p.m. on July 17.

She'll be focusing on a recent book of hers, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience (the title is nearly as long as one of her hikes).

It won't just be a talk, there'll be slides from her trips, she'll be answering questions and things will wrap up with a book signing. 

The event is free, but you still need to register by calling 250-372-5145 or via email at

If you're not able to go but still are interested, it'll be live-streamed via the regional library systems Facebook page, HERE.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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