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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. 

Sep 30, 2023

Enjoy this Highlight Clip from Episode #162. Andrea's New Book, TRAIL OF THE LOST released on 8/22/23! 

Andrea Lankford is the author of TRAIL OF THE LOST and RANGER CONFIDENTIAL, a National Geographic "Top Ten Book About U.S. Parks,” and three trail guides. During her twelve-year career as a law enforcement ranger with the National Park Service, Andrea won several awards for her criminal investigations. After leaving the ranger ranks, the accomplished outdoorswoman thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaked from Miami to Key West, and was the first, with Beth Overton, to mountain bike the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Andrea is now a registered nurse living in Northern California. 

Full Episode With Andrea: 

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Missing From The PCT:

Episode #66 - Cathy Tarr, Founder & Executive Director - Fowler-O'Sullivan Foundation:

Episode #82 - Sally Guyton Fowler & Terri Kidder:

Fowler-O'Sullivan Foundation:

Bring Kris Fowler/Sherpa Home:

San Jacinto Trail Report:

Appalachian Trail Section Hiker Series: 

Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:



Music By: Victor Lundberg "Top of The Morning"