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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 16, 2020

Taran Branscum aka "Barley" joins Jester on the podcast today to talk about his Section Hiking and his passion for Trail Maintenance. Taran has become a "Career Section Hiker" and his work for the Southeast Conservation Corp. cannot be talked about enough.

Taran is very passionate about his work for the SECC and takes great pride in knowing that he helps build bog bridges, footbridges, and clears downed trees with non-motorized tools. His "Call to Action" for all of us as we hike the trails is very powerful!

Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

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Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
"Through The Woods"