Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers continue's to grow and this week Deb Taylor (Sundial) and Danny Mooney (Fiik) join in and share where they will be section hiking on the Appalachian Trail this year.
Deb Taylor (Sundial) and Danny Mooney (Fiik) started their section hiking journey on the Appalachian Trail back in 2011 and have been hooked ever since. Prior to 2020, both Deb and Danny enjoyed being avid triathletes and became very involved in their local triathlon community. In 2020, when triathlons were being canceled due to covid, Deb and Danny stepped up their section hiking game and took more trips out to the AT and have become completely immersed in their hiking, the trail community, and trail culture.
Thanks for Listening and Happy Section Hiking!
Jester's Class of 2022 Section Hikers - Playlist:
Deb and Danny on Mighty Blue's Podcast:
Connect with Deb and Danny:
Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
Gear Lists & More: https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
Music for the Podcast provided by:
The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
My husband (Danny Mooney) and I started hiking the trail in 2011, by doing the Maryland section where we live. We fell in love immediately with the trail but only made time for 1 weekend hike a year, as we were avid long distance triathletes and runners, which occupied all our non-work hours.
In 2020, when the pandemic shut down races, we headed to the trail constantly. We bought new gear, watched videos of thru hikers, and started actively planning and hiking longer sections. We realized after 12 years of racing that we did not miss the races, and we preferred to be on the trail.
Now the AT is our passion, with the goal of completing the trail as section hikers over the next few years. We are about halfway, completing Amicalola to Hot Springs, about 60% of VA, Harpers thru NJ, Massachusetts, and the Whites. This year's planned sections are Hot Springs to the Roans in the spring, and then likely the state of Vermont in September. Along the way, we have met and made great friends on the trail - the community is one of our favorite things. Even for section hikers, you can become part of the AT community.
On the trail, we are known as Sundial & Fiik.