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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. 

Sep 30, 2023

Enjoy this Highlight Clip from Episode #162. Andrea's New Book, TRAIL OF THE LOST released on 8/22/23! 

Andrea Lankford is the author of TRAIL OF THE LOST and RANGER CONFIDENTIAL, a National Geographic "Top Ten Book About U.S. Parks,” and three trail guides. During her twelve-year career as a law enforcement ranger...

Sep 23, 2023

Enjoy a clip of my conversation with Author and Historian Mills Kelly about his book, Virginia's Lost Appalachian Trail.

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Sep 16, 2023

Debbi Komlo also known as Omi set our for an adventure of a lifetime with the intention of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2023. Omi certainly had her ups and downs and ultimately decided she would get off trail but continue to section hike the AT. Out on a section hike near Pearisburg, VA she had a fall which...

Sep 9, 2023

Jester she shares the new podcast schedule going forward, gives a huge thanks to the listeners and watchers of the show, and hopes you will join her for the LIVE recordings of the podcast over on YouTube! 

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Sep 2, 2023

Dr. Matt Tracey came into Jester's life in the spring of 2023. Jester was at the end of her rope and hanging on by a thread when she decided to seek help one last time for her right foot. After three surgeries there seemed no hope but a Physical Therapist that understood that hikers are athletes too has changed her...