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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 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...


Apr 9, 2022

The Section Hiker Spotlight this week goes to guest Cindy Taylor. Cindy initially reached out to Jester via email to share her goal of completing all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in sections.

What you will hear is that there is so much more to her current journey than just hiking the miles....


Apr 2, 2022

RVA Hiker Girl is back this week as a guest co-host with Jester. Their conversation focuses on overcoming your fears when it comes to hiking and backpacking. Jester and RVA share some common fears they have heard out on the trail, their own fears, ways to combat those fears with research and planning, and how to use...