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'Explorer of Year' Pharr-Davis coming to Niagara County

by TSchmitt
Tue, Jun 18th 2013 09:00 am

She's tackled some of the world's most difficult hikes, and tomorrow, she'll add the lower Niagara River gorge to her list.

Jennifer Pharr-Davis was named the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the year, and on Wednesday she'll host a four-hour hike through the gorge, starting at Niagara Falls State Park and finishing in Lewiston.

Pharr-Davis has hiked over 11,000 miles on six different continents and she currently holds the overall record for hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in just 46 days, averaging about 47 miles a day.

She told WLVL she's excited about the opportunity to dig into the Niagara gorge and she also feels like hiking is symbolic.

"The trail is a metaphor for life," she said. "Everyone can relate to having to overcome hard obstacles and experiencing low points and high points as well. That's why I think trail hiking is so relevant."

Those interested in joining Pharr-Davis can do so by calling 282-5154 and making a reservation with the state parks .


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