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Northern State University hosting ‘A Life of Exploration’ on Tuesday
ABERDEEN, S.D. – She has
hiked thousands of miles around
the world, and now, Jennifer Pharr Davis is bringing her tale of perseverance to Northern State University.
Pharr Davis will present “A Life of Exploration” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in NSU Student Center Centennial rooms C and D. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NSU Women’s Club and NSU Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
A long-distance hiker from Asheville, N.C., Pharr Davis has hiked as far away as Africa and Australia as well as various locations around the U.S. She holds the record for the fastest through hike of the Appalachian Trail. She is the first woman to hold this honor, breaking the record in 2011. Her books, “Becoming Odyssa” and “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph,” detail her adventures on the Appalachian Trail, including her record-breaking trek.
Pharr Davis, founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co., was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. She has also been featured on various national television and radio shows and in numerous national publications. For more information about Pharr Davis, visit
Tuesday’s speech is one of several campus events that are part of the NSU Common Read. For more information, contact Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith at