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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. 

Jan 30, 2021

Jester's quest to complete all 40 Day Hikes from the book, Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail continues in this episode! Jester chats to us about hikes 21, 22, and 23 but also shares some awesome interviews along the way with those who have completed some "challenges" of their own.

During Hike...


Jan 23, 2021

If you have been into Long Distance hiking for any amount of time you have probably heard of a Triple Crown hiker. This means that a hiker has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Jester's guest today, Mary Davison, has completed the Triple Crown as a Section Hiker....


Jan 16, 2021

Jester set out on her Birthday in September 2020 to begin the goal of hiking all 40 Day Hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail. In this episode, Jester focuses on Day Hikes 18, 19, and 20. As you will hear these particular 3 hikes ended up being so much more than...


Jan 9, 2021

Several months ago Jester reached out to some Facebook Group pages asking for Section Hikers who were hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail to be featured on the podcast. Colleen "Teacup" Drake reached out to Jester in early 2020 and they have finally connected to record.

Colleen shares with us some great stories of...


Jan 2, 2021

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2021! Jester had a chance to connect with Kathryn Herndon-Powell, Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Kathryn educates us on the 7 Leave No Trace Principles, gives us some great resources to utilize as we plan our section hikes for 2021,  and...