BACKPACKING -- Ultra hiking specialist Jennifer Pharr Davis of North Carolina is trying to break her own speed record of 57 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes as she attempts to go from Maine to Georgia on the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail.
Davis, who began her supported trek in midJune is also mindful of the men’s record of 47 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes.
For perspective, to set her record of 57 days she had to average a brisk pace of 38 miles per day every day for two months.
She knows what she's up against on the 2,181-mile footpath. Davis hiked end to end (called a thru-hike) from south to north in 2005 before setting the speed record three years later going north to south.
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"It's not about going fast. It's about being smart and efficient," she said in a telephone interview. "It's about being consistent and making the most of your time."