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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. 

May 30, 2020

This episode of the podcast is very special because it is the first time Jester has on Section Hikers from the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Kris Van Handel and Jared Wildenradt share their journey of how they met and why they love to section hike the IAT.

Kris has written a book titled "Hiking with Hair Tie:...


May 23, 2020

Episode #21 of the "Jester" Section Hiker podcast is dedicated to all of our Veterans, Active Military, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Leo McGonagle joins Jester today and talks about his love for the White Mountains of NH, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and how section hiking has become a cathartic...


May 16, 2020

Taran Branscum aka "Barley" joins Jester on the podcast today to talk about his Section Hiking and his passion for Trail Maintenance. Taran has become a "Career Section Hiker" and his work for the Southeast Conservation Corp. cannot be talked about enough.

Taran is very passionate about his work for the SECC and...


May 9, 2020

On this episode of the podcast Jester talks with Mark and Casey Moore about their 10-year section hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Mark and Casey set out to hike 100 miles in 2008 to celebrate Mark's 50th year and they continued section hiking every year after that until they completed the trail on Mt. Katahdin in...


May 2, 2020

Today's episode is another segment of "Entrepreneurs Inspired by the Trail". Jester is excited for you to hear from Cory McCall and Rob Gasbarro, co-owners of Outdoor 76 in Franklin, NC and Clayton, GA.

Outdoor 76 is an outfitter in the Appalachian Trail Community known for its shoe fittings, gear, and excellent...