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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. 

Jul 31, 2021

Tune in as Jester shares with us what she is calling her John Muir Trail Logistics. Jester shares her process of gathering information for the JMT Permit Process, JMT Hiking Itineraries, Maps, Apps, Bear Canisters and Food Re-Supply. Jester also reminds us to follow the first principal of Leave No Trace which is to Plan ahead and Prepare!

JMT Permit Process:

JMT Rolling Lottery Application:

Yosemite Full Trailhead Report:

Bearfoot Theory:

She Dreams of Alpine:

Follow Bigfoot - Everything you need to know about a JMT Permit:

Eric The Black's (Pocket Atlas, Itinerary):

Guthook (JMT App Download):

Pacific Crest Trail Association:

Bearfoot Theory:

Andrew Skurka - Bear Canister Comparison:

Bear Canisters:
BV500 -

Wild Ideas (Weekender) -

JMT Resupply:
Red's Meadows -

Muir Trail Ranch -

Mule Re-Supply - Sequoia Kings Pack Trains or Pine Creek Pack Outfit. Email:

Leave No Trace Principles:

Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

Kris "Sherpa" Fowler:

Fowler-O'Sullivan Foundation:

Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:



"Jester" Reference Tools, Gear Lists, Hiking Resume and more:

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