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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. 

Apr 25, 2020

Today's episode features section hiker, Chris Burke. Chris started his avid hiking career in 1984 by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail but soon realized that section hiking was more his cup of tea.

He has section-hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and is currently sectioning the Pacific...


Apr 18, 2020

Pacific Crest Trail Section Hiker Brad Fulton aka "Old School" joins Jester on today's podcast. Brad talks to us about how he got his trail name, how he first heard about the PCT, his gear changes after his first section hike, and why his gear makes him a more efficient hiker.

At the end of the interview, Brad reminds...


Apr 11, 2020

In today's episode, we talk to Dawn Bates aka "Right Turn." Dawn began her mission to section hike the Appalachian Trail when her kids left home and she loves every minute of it.

As you will hear Dawn has a love for the trail and her fellow hikers. She also has an incredible story of her day on Mt. Katahdin.

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"Let's...


Apr 4, 2020

On this episode Jester is excited to share the section hiking journey of Joan Young.

Joan is the first woman to hike the entire length of the North Country Trail by section hiking. Joan is an amazing advocate for the North Country Trail and on any given weekend you can find her giving a talk, selling her books about...