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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. 

Jan 29, 2022

Jester is happy to have back on the podcast ATC Visitor Center Supervisor, Charissa Hipp. Charissa starts off the episode with some updates from the ATC, and some information about the Flip Flop Festival that is planned for April 23, 2022.

In the heart of the episode, Jester and Charissa do their best to answer two frequently asked listener questions, "How do you plan for your section hikes?" and "What do you do in between section hikes?" As you will hear, those two questions are not easy to answer!

Charissa Hipp is the Visitor Center Supervisor for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, WV. If you are ever in Harpers Ferry, please stop by and see Charissa! She would love to chat with you!

Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

Flip Flop Festival (April 23, 2022):

PATC Workshop:

Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us Into The Sacred, Victoria Loorz:

Podcast Episodes with Charissa Hipp:

Connect with Charissa Hipp:



Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:



Music for the Podcast provided by:
The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"