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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. 

Dec 2, 2023

Liz Thomas is a professional hiker, adventure conservationist, and outdoor writer who broke the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail. Considered among the most experienced hikers in the US, she’s known for backpacking light, fast, and solo. Liz has hiked more than 20,000 miles on 25+ long trails including completing the Triple Crown of Hiking (the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails) and first-known traverses of the Chinook Trail in the Columbia River Gorge and Wasatch Range in Utah.

Liz is the author of Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, which received the National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional book with judges calling it “destined to become the bible of the sport.” She recently published her second guidebook, Hiking Waterfalls in Southern California with Falcon Guides.

Connect with Liz "Snorkel" Thomas: 



Treeline Review: /

Long Trails: Mastering The Art Of A Thru Hike  

Appalachian Trail Fastest Know Time (2011):

Far Out Article:

Appalachian Trail Backpacking Series: 

Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:



Music By: Victor Lundberg "Top of The Morning"