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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. 

May 1, 2021

Jester has been obsessed with the Fire Towers in North Carolina and beyond for several years. This obsession is partly the fault of Peter Barr. Peter wrote a book back in 2008 titled, Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers and the book included a "Tower Challenge." Jester accepted the challenge and has been to all but a few towers from that book.

Peter Barr has fueled Jester's love for NC Fire Towers again by releasing his updated book, Exploring North Carolina's Lookout Towers! As you will hear, Peter is an avid hiker with a love for Lookout Towers, Peakbagging, and adventuring with his wife, Allison Barr.

Thank you to Phillip Ouellette of Trailsigns for sponsoring this weeks episode!
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Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

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Peter Barr - Speaking at Macon County Public Library: May 6, 6:30pm ET

Register by emailing: Kristina Moe,

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