Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Female AT record holder to speak at SCC

The women’s Appalachian Trail Record Holder, Jennifer Pharr Davis, will be at Southwestern Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to speak to students, faculty and the community about her journeys and adventures.

Last year, Davis smashed the women’s Appalachian Trail record when she completed the 2176-mile trek in just 58 days. The previous women’s record was 87 days.

Davis will share her insight on what hiking more than 8,000 miles of trails has taught her about goal setting, sacrifice and achievement. “Jennifer will inspire and teach you to experience the woods and life in a new and exciting way,” said SCC’s outdoor leadership director Paul Wolf. “In her presentation, she stresses you are never too young to set goals and never too old to dream.”

This two-session event, a part of SCC’s “Discover America Series,” will take place in the Balsam Building on the Jackson Campus. Following pizza at noon, the program titled Life Lessons from the Appalachian Trail will be 12:30-2 p.m. in the auditorium.

In session two, “How to Plan, Prepare for and Execute Adventure Events,” from 2 to 4 p.m., Davis will provide in-depth discussion about the logistics, planning and execution of such adventures, including nutrition, gear, training, schedules, budget and more.

All students, faculty and the public are invited.

Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC can be reached by calling 828-586-4091 or 800-447-4091.

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