Register in advance: Woman who set speed record for hiking the Applachian Trail to talk Nov. 23 in Mount Pleasant

An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis

WHO: Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the speed record — male OR  female — for hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. In 2011, she did it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, besting the previous record by Andrew Thompson of 47d, 13h, 31m. For the math-challenged, Davis’ record marked an average of 47 miles miles per day.

In 2012, National Geographer Adventurer mag named her one of its “Adventurers of the Year.”

WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov 23.

WHERE: The Backpacker, located at 1140 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC.

NOTE: This event is FREE, but space is limited and The Backpacker staff asks that you please register in advance at either 849-3482 or  at

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Want a real adventure race? The ninth Barrier Island ECOthon IS the real thing.

For nearly a decade, the end of October meant more than just Halloween. It also has been the date for the Barrier Island ECOthon.

The ninth annual event will be 9 a.m. Sunday at the Isle of Palms Marina.

Now, talk about “adventure race,” the ECOthon is perhaps the most adventurous in the Lowcountry.

(Dana Beach, the executive director of the Coastal Conservation League, calls the ECOthon “the most beautiful race on the East Coast” and that it is do-able by anyone who is in decent shape.)

Participants launch kayaks from the Isle of Palms Marina and paddle three miles to Dewees Island. After landing on the beach, they run 2.2 miles to the other end, swim a quarter mile across Capers Island to Caper’s Island, run to the other end, where they turn around and repeat the course backward.

Once back at the marina, participants bike to the southern tip (or western tip, depending on your orientation) of Sullivan’s Island and return, for a total of about 18 miles.

A race that involved takes some money. Registration is $90 and a portion goes to support the efforts of Charleston Tibetan Society. Since its origination, the ECOthon has raised and donated $18,500 to the society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The founder and director of the race, Brett Carlson, says he created the ECOthon after developing a deep appreciation of the Lowcountry after “running, riding, swimming and paddling between the barrier islands for about a quarter century.”

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Mark your calendar: Climber Emily Harrington coming to Charleston on Oct. 15

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series Brings

Emily Harrington to Charleston

The North Face and Half Moon Outfitters present Adventure Unlimited


ALAMEDA, California— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Emily Harrington will come to Charleston, S.C., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series.

The presentation will take place at The Charleston Museum at 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Emily Harrington will recount her recent adventure of climbing a 3,000-foot big wall on Morocco’s infamous Atlas Mountains to Charleston residents on October 15.  In Adventure Unlimited, presented by The North Face and Half Moon Outfitters, she will discuss her passion for endless adventure – a fearless force that drives her to summit the world’s most-fabled mountains.

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