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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. 

May 21, 2022

Kate Stillwell, also known as Phoenix, joins Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers this week. Kate has been attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail since 2017 but due to injury, covid, and life responsibilities at home, she is now focused on completing the trail as a LASHer. As you will hear, Kate is mentally focused and ready to hit the trail in early May! Be sure to follow Kate on her social media sites to support and encourage her along the way!

Thanks for Listening and Happy Section Hiking!

Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers - Playlist:

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