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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. 

Jul 29, 2023

Back in 2020 I had the opportunity to meet up with and chat with Tara Dower aka Candy Mama! She met up with me while I was out completing the 40 Day Hikes on the Mountains to Sea Trail.  I split her interview up and added it to my 40 Day Hike Series of shows but always wanted to put it out there as its own episode so I am re-releasing our chat today! 

Tara and I talked about her first attempt at an AT Thru Hike, her anxiety and how she deals with that, working at Blue Ridge Hiking Company during COVID, and her Mountains to Sea Trail FKT. I know you will enjoy my interview with Tara on this "Throwback Saturday". 

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MST FKT Video Series

Tara On Instagram

Hiker Safety Collaboration With Tara 

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Music By: Victor Lundberg "Top of The Morning"