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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 14, 2022

Meet Carol Chirpich and Debbie Shiffer as they share their intentions to section hike on the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail starting this spring through the summer months. Carol (Late Bloom Hiker) and Debbie (Wrinkled Wanderer) share a little bit about who they are, why they love to be out...


May 7, 2022

Meet Charlie Carpenter, also known as Skyhawk, as he shares with Jester his plans for section hiking in 2022. Follow along with Charlie on his social media as he section hikes on the Pinhoti Trail, Colorado Trail, and on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Maine this summer. Charlie also shares with Jester his...


Apr 30, 2022

Jester recently rallied her co-hosts Austin, Charissa, and Jacqueline for an in-depth fireside chat on what it was like to be a co-host on the podcast for the last several months. Each co-host shares their perspectives on common themes amongst their shows regarding mental health, healing in nature, growth as...


Apr 23, 2022

Andy Niekamp, or more commonly known as Captain Blue, joins Jester this week to chat about his hiking adventures, volunteering, and his company, Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy has over 30,000 miles of hiking experience, with more than 11,000 of those miles being on the Appalachian Trail. Andy has completed the AT...


Apr 16, 2022

Jester and Austin have a great time in this episode talking about hammocks. You all know they both love their Dan Durston X-Mid tents, but also have a love for their hammocks as well. Jester is a new recruit to the hammock world, while Austin has been out many nights with his hammock set up.

There are many new terms in...