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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. 

Apr 23, 2022

Andy Niekamp, or more commonly known as Captain Blue, joins Jester this week to chat about his hiking adventures, volunteering, and his company, Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy has over 30,000 miles of hiking experience, with more than 11,000 of those miles being on the Appalachian Trail. Andy has completed the AT five times as a section hiker with his most recent completion in 2021.

Andy was the first solo thru hiker to complete the 1444 mile Buckeye Trail in 2011. Andy published a book about his hike titled: Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes, The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio’s 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail. Andy also started the Dayton Hikers Meet up Group with over 7000 members.

Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

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