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"Jester" Section Hiker

The "Jester" Section Hiker is the premier podcast with the spotlight on section hikers!

The stories you will hear are about everyday people who, in addition to their everyday lives, make the commitment to hike long-distance trails where every section is a new beginning. 

From National Scenic Trails to National Parks and all Trails in between, listen with your host, Julie “Jester” Gayheart, to hear what it means to be a section hiker and the adventure that awaits them section by section. 

Jul 31, 2021

Tune in as Jester shares with us what she is calling her John Muir Trail Logistics. Jester shares her process of gathering information for the JMT Permit Process, JMT Hiking Itineraries, Maps, Apps, Bear Canisters and Food Re-Supply. Jester also reminds us to follow the first principal of Leave No Trace which is to...


Jul 24, 2021

Jester introduced us to 2016 missing PCT Hiker, Kris "Sherpa" Fowler back in Episode #13. Jester has also shared with us that her sister, Terri Kidder, is very good friends with Kris's Mother, Sally Guyton Fowler. Most recently, you can hear more about Kris in Episode #66 with Cathy Tarr, Executive Director of...


Jul 17, 2021

Jester reached out to fellow Hiking Radio Network podcaster, Anna Huthmaker (Mud Butt), to see if she was interested in talking about some common hiker topics such as hiking injuries, not completing a goal, and post trail depression. As you will hear once they started recording Jester suggested they talk about an...


Jul 10, 2021

Former guest of the show, Cori Strathmeyer (Pajama Mama) joins Jester this week to share her section hike completion of the Mason Dixon Trail.

Cori shares the beauty of the landscapes, the tough road walk sections, and her system for using the trail maps and shareable data for hiking the trail. You can find all of this...


Jul 3, 2021

Jester shares with us a glimpse into the life of Dr. Aaron Pospisil, who practices Veterinary Medicine in the State of Ohio. Dr. Aaron reached out to Jester and asked if he could share his story on the podcast of how discovering and section hiking the Buckeye Trail literally saved his life. Tune in as Dr. Aaron...