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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. 

Oct 31, 2020

Mother-Daughter duo, Charissa and Julia Hipp, join Jester in this episode to share with you their passion and dedication to Section Hike the Appalachian Trail. Julia just recently turned 5 years old and as you will hear has her own pack, hiking pole, snacks she likes to carry, and a couple more special items that go in...

Oct 24, 2020

Machelle Brown chats with "Jester" from Woods Hole Hostel to share her experience, thoughts, and takeaways from the "Woods Hole Weekend."

Please visit to find out more information about the "Woods Hole Weekend". You will see bios about the presenters and the itinerary with the topics we talked...

Oct 17, 2020

Jester begins her quest to complete all 40 Day Hikes from the book Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail. In this week's episode, we hear about Hikes 1, 2, and 3. Jester starts with Hike #1 at the Western Terminus of the MST at Clingman's Dome. Hike #2 brings a 0.7-mile hike that has a lot of...

Oct 14, 2020

Jester catches up with Thru-Hiker, Craig "Hawk" Mains at Weary Feet Hostel near Bland, VA. Hawk is currently hiking his 5th Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail, but this time as a Flip Flop hike.

Thanks For Listening Everybody and Happy Section Hiking!

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Oct 10, 2020

Jester spends a weekend camping at the Black Mountain Campground in Western North Carolina and shares with us her hikes to Mt. Mitchell, which is the Highest Peak East of the Mississippi, and the Green Knob Fire Tower.

The Death of Elisha Mitchell: