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"Jester" Section Hiker

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...


Jan 22, 2022

Brad Felton, also known as "Crow," joins Jester this week to chat all things "As The Crow Flies Hiking." Brad begins with telling us why he started calling himself Crow and how the term "As The Crow Flies Hiking" became the name for his YouTube Channel.

Crow also shares the details on why his first section hike on the...


Jan 15, 2022

Mills Kelly, host of The Green Tunnel podcast, joins Jester to chat about his journey on the Appalachian Trail that began as a kid in 1971. Mills refers to himself as a lifetime AT Section Hiker and enjoys learning and sharing the history of the AT.

You will hear in their conversation Mills referring to...


Jan 8, 2022

Dr. Aaron is back on the podcast with Jester to answer listener questions regarding hiking with your dog. The listeners sent in some great questions and Dr. Aaron shared with us some best practices for each one. He shares with us a few breeds that would not make good hiking companions, why preventative care is key in...


Jan 1, 2022

Happy New Year everybody! Jester and guest co-host Austin pick up where they left off from on last week's episode by continuing to share their 10 Essential Gear items utilizing the list from The Mountaineers. This week you will hear what they carry for making a fire, emergency shelter, extra food, water, and clothes....