Jeff Alt and Jennifer Pharr Davis to Sign Copies of Their Latest Books at the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center this July

Date Published: Jun 20, 2013

Harpers Ferry, WV (June 20, 2013) – Authors Jeff Alt and Jennifer Pharr Davis will each be signing copies of their latest books at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on July 7 and July 14, respectively. Alt and Davis are avid hikers and have written multiple books about their experience.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host these two talented authors at our visitor center in Harpers Ferry,” stated Javier Folgar, director of marketing and communications. “The public is really going to enjoy their stories of their journey across the Appalachian Trail.”

Jeff Alt is an avid hiker and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). His latest book, Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, is full of expert advice about how to make sure you and your kids have a great time outdoors. Alt will be at the ATC Visitor Center on Sunday, July 7, from 1-3 p.m.signing copies of his books. At 2:45 p.m., Jeff, his wife, and their two children will be performing an original song and dance, “Take a Hike.”

Alt completed his thru hike in 1998 in honor of his brother (who suffers from cerebral palsy). Alt wrote about the experience in A Walk for Sunshine, a book which has been featured on ESPN, CNN, the Hallmark Channel, and many other media outlets. (It also inspired the annual Sunshine Walk, 5K Run and Roll, which raises money for people with developmental disabilities.) Alt also hiked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, Beth, and wrote about the experience in Four Boots, One Journey.

In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set the overall record for hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), completing the entire distance in just 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. That experience became her latest book, Called Again. It is not a boastful retelling of a record attempt but a story about how Davis started this journey with a love for hiking and a more significant love for her husband Brew. Together, they overcame terrain, weather, and illness, all the while falling more in love with the wilderness and each other.

Davis will be at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., signing copies of her books and giving a presentation. She will be accompanied by her husband and their daughter.

After completing her record-setting feat, Davis appeared in the Sunday edition of the New York Times. She has also made appearances on CNN Headline news, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She was named a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. While her athletic accomplishment was impressive, visitors may be more captivated by Davis’s positive attitude and her husband’s unconditional support. As Davis likes to say, the value of a journey is not found in how far or how fast one travels but in the lessons learned, the relationships formed, and the memories made on the way.

Jennifer Pharr Davis has completed two other thru-hikes of the A.T (2005 and 2008). Davis wrote about her 2005 trek in Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.

Event Summary

Jeff Alt Book Signing
ATC Visitor Center, 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 1-3 p.m.
Original song and dance at 2:45 p.m.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Book Signing
ATC Visitor Center, 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Presentation on her latest book at 2 p.m. 

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About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: (304) 535-2200 x117
Fax: (304) 535-2667
Email: [email protected]

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