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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 29, 2021

Jester's guest this week is Danielle Key. Danielle is the NC Trail Days Coordinator for the town of Elkin, NC. Jester is excited for you all to hear what's happening in Elkin, NC the weekend of June 3-6, 2021. Danielle shares with us how she got involved with NC Trail Days and goes over what we can participate in for...


May 22, 2021

It's always a good time when Jester and Maria Wishart (Wheezy Pee) can get together and hike. Recently they were able to spend a day together in Shenandoah National Park and answer more questions Jester has received from listeners about GPS Watches, Hiking Poles, and Cleaning your Gear.

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May 15, 2021

It's always a good time when Jester and Maria Wishart (Wheezy Pee) can get together and hike. Recently they were able to spend a day together in Shenandoah National Park and answer some questions Jester has received from listeners about Slackpacking, Section Hiking Transitions, and Family.

Please feel free to reach out...


May 8, 2021

Jester meets up with Betsy Brown, Outreach Manager for the Friends of the Mountains To Sea Trail Organization. Jester and Betsy enjoy a beautiful day in the State of North Carolina and chat trail. Betsy shares with us how a career in the music and sports industry lead to a position with the Friends of the Mountains...


May 1, 2021

Jester has been obsessed with the Fire Towers in North Carolina and beyond for several years. This obsession is partly the fault of Peter Barr. Peter wrote a book back in 2008 titled, Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers and the book included a "Tower Challenge." Jester accepted the challenge and has been to all but...