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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Sep 6, 2018

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a woman on a mission. She wants to get people into the outdoors and, not only does she want to do it, she actually gets it done. Her Blue Ridge Hiking Company provides guided trips into the woods and over mountains, bringing many people who would never have considered going onto a trail before they came to her.

She has hiked over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails all over the world, including what was then the Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. She has been the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and written five books. Between this frenzy of activity, she also finds time to be a wife and a mother.

As you'd imagine, Jennifer is everywhere, so connect with her on Instagram at, or learn about her guided hikes at

She tweets at and, while you can find her on Facebook at both and

If you'd like to see a short YouTube video about her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance, click here.

From the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, this week's guests were Douglas Ruchevsky of Case Knives. Douglas showed me several camping knives, including the Kickstart Knife and the Southern Grind. You can find these at 

Matt Fitzgerald of Cauldryn showed me his "Swiss Army Knife of Travel Mugs," an impressive device that controls the temperature of your coffee through your Bluetooth-enabled phone, as well as performing a bunch of other tasks. See what Matt was talking about at

Claire Kooperman very kindly gave me a pair of Injinji toe socks. These turned out to be exceptionally comfortable. You can find more about these at