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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 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...


Apr 24, 2021

Josh "PBS" Smith is returning to the podcast for an exciting announcement regarding The MST Guide App by Pocket Trails.

Josh was first introduced on the podcast back in Episode #50, where he talked to us about his service in the military, his thru hike turned section hike on the AT, and his passion to create an App for...


Apr 17, 2021

Jester has completed the 40 Hike Challenge and all 40 Day hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains To Sea Trail. In this last episode of the series Jester shares with you day hikes 37-40. Jester brings you along as she completes the road walk on Cedar Island, visits the lighthouse on Cape...


Apr 10, 2021

Jester decided to give herself a little bit of a challenge for this week's episode as she is inching closer to hiking all 40 Day Hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains To Sea Trail. Jester takes you along with her for the day as she hikes, soaks in the views, and road walks her way to the...