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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. 

Jun 25, 2022

Jester has a great chat with Larry Haines, her next member of "Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers". Larry or Lone Wolf has completed the Colorado Trail and has plans this summer to section hike out on the Continental Divide Trail. His overall goal over the next few summers is to complete the CDT in the State of...


Jun 18, 2022

Over the last few years, today's newest member of Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers has spent time section hiking the Allegheny Trail in West Virginia. Jester and Laura chat about how she got her trail name "Babycakes," Laura's plans for her section hike on the Allegheny Trail this year, and what it's been like for...


Jun 11, 2022

Sarah Chappell (Troubadour) joins Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers for this week's episode. Sarah enjoys hiking for several reasons. To reconnect with wild places, to get reacquainted with herself, and to test her limits, so she can grow stronger. The Appalachian Trail is her favorite. Each summer since 2019, she...


Jun 4, 2022

Jester continues introducing us to her Class of 2022 Section Hikers and this week you hear from Canadian Kelly McDonald or "Generous Dude." Kelly has spent the last 40 years hiking in the Canadian Rockies and working on completing the Great Divide Trail. Kelly is a certified Field Leader Instructor with the...