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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. 

May 28, 2022

Jester continues to introduce us to individuals out section hiking in 2022. This week we hear from Celeste Queen, who is retired and living life. Celeste is out section hiking on the Mountains To Sea Trail with no plans of stopping anytime soon! Celeste also leads group hikes for one of the North Carolina Chapters of...


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...


May 14, 2022

Meet Carol Chirpich and Debbie Shiffer as they share their intentions to section hike on the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail starting this spring through the summer months. Carol (Late Bloom Hiker) and Debbie (Wrinkled Wanderer) share a little bit about who they are, why they love to be out...


May 7, 2022

Meet Charlie Carpenter, also known as Skyhawk, as he shares with Jester his plans for section hiking in 2022. Follow along with Charlie on his social media as he section hikes on the Pinhoti Trail, Colorado Trail, and on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Maine this summer. Charlie also shares with Jester his...