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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. 

Nov 27, 2021

Jester and co-host Austin Wallis are back this week and next week for a two-part series of conversations centered around Post Traumatic Stress. Austin shares with us about his career in the military and his current role of serving in the National Guard and working as a First Responder. Austin defines what PTS is for him, who can suffer from PTS, and begins to share how section hiking, paddling, and being in the outdoors have helped him in his daily life cope with PTS.

Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

Why do we go to the Wilderness?:

PTS Resources:
Military One Source:

Team River Runner:

Warrior Expeditions:

Reboot Recovery:

Connect with Austin Wallis:



Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:



Music for the Podcast provided by:
The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"