“Making the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.”
Our History & Purpose
Founded in 2005, Blue Ridge Hiking Co is committed to getting people outdoors on their own terms. By providing custom trips and individualized itineraries, our company creates trips for the backpacking novice or the group that seeks a challenging adventure – and everything in between.
Blue Ridge Hiking Co wants ALL people to experience the outdoors. We especially encourage women and children to experience the outdoors through yearly Women’s Adventure Weekends and Family Backpacking Trips.
As a company, BRHC also strives to keep its services affordable – thus making the wilderness accessible. Our prices are consistently more competitive than regional and national guiding services.
About Jennifer Pharr Davis
Jennifer has hiked over 11,000 miles of Long Distance Trails. She has trekked on 6 continents and currently holds endurance records on the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail and Bibbulmun Track. She is the first woman to be the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. She set this mark by hiking the 2,181 mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes – an average of 46.9 miles per day.
In 2008, Jennifer was named Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year. In 2011, Jennifer appeared in the Sunday edition of the New York Times; and on national television and radio shows such as CNN Headline News, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She was also named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and voted Ultrarunning Magazine’s top female performance of 2011.
Jennifer has also authored four books, including three North Carolina guidebooks and her hiking memoir: Becoming Odyssa. She has written for, or appeared within, the following Magazines: Blue Ridge Outdoors, Backpacker, Trail Runner, Men’s Journal, Shape and Fitness Magazine.
Jennifer on the trail
- Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike
- Kilimanjaro Summit, Africa
- Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike and Fundraiser ($10,000)
- Hike for Habitat Fundraiser ($10,000)
- Machu Picchu and Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru
- Women's Long Trail Record (7 days, 15 hours)
- Unsupported Bibbulmun Track Record, Australia
- Women's Supported Appalachian Trail Record (57 days and 8 hours - an average of 38 miles per day.)
- Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year
- Colorado Trail
- Foothills Trail, GR20, Tour du Mont Blanc, Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, West Highland Way
- Overall Appalachian Trail Record (46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes - an average of 47 miles per day)
- Ultrarunning Magazine Female Performance of the Year
- National Geographic Adventurer of the Year