Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
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Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail


After graduating from college, Jennifer isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

Title:Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail Reviews

  • Diane
    Aug 05, 2012

    I've read numerous hiking memoirs and this is one of the weaker ones. Jennifer has a good story -- hiking the Appalachian Trail solo when she was 21 -- but the writing was too florid and she had long ...

  • Katie Jean
    Jul 08, 2012

    I cannot believe that there are not more raw reviews of this book! In the spirit of the author, here is my review: I tried really hard to like this author and her story but at about halfway through I ...

  • Ringo
    Jan 14, 2014

    The author strikes me as one of those hypocrite Christians--constantly talking about how much she's into God and then a paragraph later criticizing someone else for... well... pretty much anything and...

  • Shannon
    Jan 05, 2014

    As an incredible athlete and an honest writer, I have respect for Davis. Her hiking ability is unrivaled and the attention to detail in this story impressive. Moreover, the presentation of a female pe...

  • Robyn
    Dec 08, 2011

    I just started this book and was in tears in 5 minutes. Mostly because the topic is so close to my heart - a woman's journey on the Appalachian Trail. I just finished my 2nd hike on the AT in early Se...

  • Jackie
    Oct 14, 2012

    I enjoyed "Wild" so much that I went searching for similar books. This is one woman's story of her first time on the Appalachian Trail. I so admire the drive and physical ability to take something lik...

  • Tom
    Oct 20, 2012

    The author is the National Geographic Hiker of the Year Award for 2012, the current speed record holder for thru-hiking Appalachain Trail (2011), and a compelling writer. I could not put the book down...

  • David
    Jan 01, 2012

    I found this book incredibly dull for the most part, and only managed to finish I out of shear stubbornness. The trouble wasn't so much the book itself, rather with how it sets the expectations so far...

  • C
    Dec 04, 2010

    Jennifer Pharr Davis is like a superhero but better. We are alike in some ways. We are only a year apart in age. We both spent part of 2005 in different areas of Maine. But Jennifer is the superhero. ...

  • Read, Run, Ramble
    Feb 19, 2012

    Okay - first off, it didn't take me almost a year to read this book!! I started it last year and got sidetracked with book club books and reviews I was trying to finish up. So I started fresh after th...

About Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age twenty-one, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking.Since then, Jennifer has hiked more than 8,000 miles of trails in North America, including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, and the Colorado T