Called Again

27 May 2013 4:41 pm0 commentsViews: 5

Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked the 2,181 mile AT in 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes (averaging 46.93 miles per day) but this is not a book about numbers. The numbers and stats of this journey seem shocking and distant when you hear them alone in the cursory coverage of a news article.

Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph paints the fuller picture of her expedition, her motivations, and her lessons from the trail. This book truly is the story of love and the triumph Jennifer, her husband Brew, and their revolving crew of supporters acheived on the AT in 2011.

The text is filled with humbly presented wisdom and recognition of others’ role in her accomplishment.

The book also eliminates any misconceptions you may have that a supported hike is a cakewalk or that endurance speed records are inherently done with disrespect for the trail. The former is cleared up rapidly by the accounts of sheer and consuming pain that were endured on the hike, and the latter by a plethora of reverent passages such as the following:

“My motivation to keep hiking was rooted in the magnificent details of the Appalachian Mountains, and the more I poured myself out – the more energy I gave the trail – the more it gave me in return.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis, Called Again

Your interest in personally setting trail records has little bearing on the value of this book. The accomplishments of Jennifer and her husband detailed in this story serve as a powerful call for you to be the best form of your truest self.

At the end of each chapter, you will put this book down so revved up to hit the trail or train for it. It’s an inspiring account that comes highly recommended. I am incredibly grateful to have read the advance copy of it I purchased at 2013 Trail Days.

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