"Jester" Section Hiker

"Jester" Section Hiker

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.

Recent Episodes

Jester's Class Of 2022 Section Hikers

Episode #125 - Kate Stillwell (Phoenix)

May 21, 2022

Jester chats with a familiar voice to the Hiking Radio Network, Kate Stillwell or Phoenix. Kate joins Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers with the hopes of LASHing her way on the AT South to Springer Mountain.

Jester's Class Of 2022 Section Hikers

Episode #124 - Carol (Late Bloom Hiker) & Debbie (Wrinkled Wanderer)

May 14, 2022

Jester introduces us this week to section hikers Carol Chirpich and Debbie Shiffer. Carol and Debbie have section hiking plans this year on the Continental Divide Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Jester's Class Of 2022 Section Hikers

Episode #123 - Charlie Carpenter (Skyhawk)

May 7, 2022

Jester begins to introduce us to the hikers that are part of her series of shows titled, Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers. This week you will hear from section hiker Charlie Carpenter or also known as Skyhawk!

Episode #122 - Jester & Co-Hosts (Austin, Charissa, Jacqueline)

April 30, 2022

Jester brings together her co-hosts Austin, Charissa, and Jacqueline for a fireside chat on what it's been like to co-host the show the last several months.

Episode #121 - Andy Niekamp (Captain Blue)

April 23, 2022

Andy Niekamp or also known as Captain Blue joins Jester to chat about his hiking adventures, volunteering, and his company Outdoor Adventure Connection.

Episode #120 - Let's Talk Hammocks

April 16, 2022

This week you will enjoy a conversation between Jester and Austin about why they both enjoy using Hammocks. Jester really gets a kick out of some of the hammock life terminology.

Guest: Austin Wallis

Episode #119 - Cindy Taylor (Section Hiking The Smokies)

April 9, 2022

Jester has a chat this week with Cindy Taylor. Cindy shares with us how loss, working in healthcare during Covid, and taking care of her mental health has led to a goal of completing the GSMNP 900 Miler.

Guest: Cindy Taylor

Episode #118 - Overcoming Your Hiking Fears

April 2, 2022

Jester is back to chat with guest co-host, RVA Hiker Girl about overcoming some of those common fears we all have while out hiking.

Recent Blog Posts

Podcast Studio Gear

Thought I would share with you all the equipment that works for me when it comes to recording the podcast and making sure I have great audio! Studio Equ…

10 Essentials Gear List: Austin Wallis (Co-Host)

Austin Wallis (Co-Host) - 10 Essentials Gear List The Mountaineers 10 Essentials (Detailed Listing)  Navigation (Map, Altimeter, Compass) - Garm…

10 Essentials Gear List: Jester

Jester - 10 Essentials Gear List The Mountaineers 10 Essentials (Detailed Listing)  Navigation (Map, Altimeter, Compass)  - Spot Gen 4 / Wh…

About the Host

Julie "Jester" Gayheart Profile Photo

Julie "Jester" Gayheart

Podcaster / Creator / Storyteller / Section Hiker

Julie “Jester” Gayheart completed the Appalachian Trail in July 2017 after 12 summers of section hiking. Julie is an educator by day and hiker at heart. Jester loves to talk trail and on this podcast you will hear amazing stories and experiences from other section hikers with a love for the trail and passion for hiking.

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