"Jester" Section Hiker Podcast Reviews

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Great and informative program

Have been enjoying the program for a year, look forward to 2022


As a section hiker love following this pod cast I can relate to it and get great tips for upcoming trips

Look forward to listening!

Great interviews, great tips on gears and trails. Fun to listen to each week!

Must listen for section hikers

Love the show. Keeps me motivated to keep chugging along the Buckeye Trail section by section, as well as fuels my desire for the other trails.

Makes me excited to hike!

If you day, section, or thru hike or just love good stories, then this pod cast is for you. Jester is up-beat,entertaining, educated, and informative. I can’t wait to next hit the trails after each episode. Well done! (And her theme song is amazing and spot-on!)


Great information on slack-packing! Always appreciate your insight!

Excellent podcast!!

Excellent podcasts for hikers. Really enjoy the content and great information for active section hiker. Currently me and my brother are section hiking the MST and this podcast has some great information.

Thank you!

Excellent podcast. Thank you for all of the great, detailed information on the MST. Your podcast has given me great advice as I am working on the 40 Day Hike Challenge. I replay each individual hike’s episode as I am driving to the trailhead. I hope to complete by the end of 2021. Thomas Dellinger

“Would you wander with me?”

I love how Jester records from the trail! Going uphill and out of breath? Describing a water crossing with the sound of rippling in the background? A fall hike with crunchy leaves? Jester’s high-quality recordings make you feel as if you’re hiking right next to her. Thanks for bringing us along on your hikes!

Look forward to each week...,

A friend encouraged me to listen in and have been hooked ever since. Love listening in my car while driving.

Can’t get enough of Jester!

I stumbled across this podcast and I am so happy I did. I’m section hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail and Jester’s MST episodes have been so informative. Her other episodes are introducing me to other trails that I would like to tackle next and many other hikers. Hearing about their experiences and trials has given me confidence that I can do it. I hate to admit it but before I began listening I felt kind of like a second rate hiker because I wasn’t thru hiking but not any more. Thanks Jester.

Love it!!

Always look forward to the drop on Saturday. Love that I found a podcast that is for section hiking since that is what I do. The interviews are inspirational and make me want to plan my next adventure. Thanks Jester!

Better and better!

Jester just keeps getting better and better....I love the diversity of her show; the guests, the trail talk and the overall whole show! It's so refreshing not just to hear the same old conversation about thru hikers (who are great in their own right) but Jester is truly giving section hikers their due credit! Keep up the GREAT work!

Awesome podcast!

Julie’s podcast is one I always look forward to because she is so informative, down to earth and real! Her series on the NC Mountains to the Sea Trail has been particularly enjoyable, but every episode in the series so far has been so good. Check this one out!

Fantastic Speaker

Julie does a terrific job on this podcast and as a fellow-outdoors/hiking podcaster I’m envious of how well spoken she is which makes her a true delight to listen to. I’ve particularly enjoyed her freestyle-format episodes live from the trail. Makes your feel like you’re out there in the woods instead of sitting in rush hour traffic, which is exactly what I want from a podcast. I also LOVE her intro song. It’s stuck in my head often. Absolutely worth subscribing to!

Love. Love.

Look forward to every new recording. I didn’t want the latest one with Teacup to end. Thanks so much.

A great podcast for section hikers

This is a great podcast! I’ve listened to a variety of hiking podcasts, but most are about thru hiking, and I’m not a thru hiker. Sometimes those podcasts just aren’t as interesting. As a section hiker, I like hearing about other section hikers. Jester has different guests from all over the place, so the podcast is also a great place to learn about other trails.

I immediately fell in love with this podcast!

MST! As a transplant to NC from Minnesota, I’ve been fascinated with the MST since I first learned of it. I subscribe to Kate Dixon’s newsletter about the trail and This podcast was mentioned. Jester makes the MST accessible to the average day hiker in her series about the trail.

Leo McGonagle

Really enjoyed listening to the episode with Multiple Tour Combat Veteran Leo! Leo truly loves his Country, hiking in the White Mountains of NH, and the Appalachian Trail! Thank you for your Service Leo!

Love Hiking Along with Jester

I have really enjoyed listening to Jester and learning more about the Mountains To Sea Trail in NC. I also enjoy listening to the crunch of the leaves as she hikes and describes the terrain where she is hiking. Love - Chopper

Great time with Hawk

Just finished listening to your conversation with Hawk. Excellent job. We all love Hawks videos because he’s so genuine. Your interview brought that out even more. Great podcast.


Just love listening to Jester and Company every week . Also I listen every week to the theme song til the end . So fun when you take us along on your adventures! Definitely a five star review.

Best backpacking podcast!

If your getting ready for a backpack trip, listen to this podcast.

Great Resource for Backpackers!

Julie is not only a great interviewer, but she has the skills and knowledge to backup what she talks about on this podcast. Definitely one of the best backpacking podcasts there is for all things stories, gear and downright good entertainment!

Great stories!

This is a joy to listen to while I’ve been stuck working indoors, after most of my hiking plans were thrown off this summer.. makes me feel like I’m out where I want to be 😊👌

Great episode!

What a wonderful episode for this weekend as well as the crazy times going on now. Leo's story is very interesting and what a great guy, thank you for your service Leo. Thanks Julie for the continued excellence in your show.

Section Hiking the Attainable Goal for Most

Finally a podcast for me! Seriously section hiking is the attainable goal for me until... well y’all know! Love and look forward to each episode release! Thanks Julie and Steve ♥️🥾🎒⛺️

Future Thru Hiker

Well, section hiking has some advantages! On top of that list: I can start now! (Not wait until I am between jobs or retire). Julie has done a great job keeping me entertained and I always learn something. My “someday” can start today! ... well, as soon as the trails open back up- I am sure that Jester will keep me updated. It’s a great show for hikers!

Thought I wanted to be a thru hiker!

I was planning a thru hike for the summer but I don’t want to be away from my family that long. This podcast has made me realize I can achieve my goals and still be there for my kids. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

Section Hiking West!!!

I’ve only section hiked on the Appalachian Trail but because of this podcast I want to head West to the PCT and start fulfilling my dream of section hiking the PCT. Thank you for starting a platform for Section Hikers.


So glad Steve added this podcast Much needed for section hiking Keep it up!!!

Great podcast

Love the pod! Jester is extremely informative and next hike I go on I’d love if you joined us! Contact our team and let us know if you would show us I’m person

Hurray For Section Hikers

Thank you for providing a platform for Section Hikers. I am really enjoying these episodes and look forward to each one. I am also enjoying the variety of section hikers from various long distance trails.

Can’t stop listening

This podcast is so informative and entertaining! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge. I am a hiking virgin and this pod cast is really helpful. I think I’m ready to get started and get sweaty. Would love to hear more about the most beautiful places you have been.


One of my main focuses as a mom is getting my boys out and active. This pod cast is just the knowledge and inspiration that I need to put away the screen and get outside! Can’t wait for more!

TimJeff says worth listening !

Jester is a prolific section hiker and all around outdoors lover. I have section hiked with Jester and enjoyed every trip. She knows her trails and maps and gear well. She always has a laugh and a deep respect for trail life. She supports the hiking community and other hikers young and old. You can bet her guests and friends will give you valuable input with every podcast. If you want hike - through hike or section hike- you will enjoy and relate to these podcasts.

Not just for section hikers

I love this new podcast. Julie has a great interviewing style that makes me feel like I am right there in the conversation. She picks interesting guests and shares helpful tips to use on trail whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned long distance hiker. Thanks for sharing great content. I can’t wait to see where the show goes over time!

Loving this!

I’m not a regular hiker, but I’m really enjoying this podcast. It’s informative and educational, but the passion of the hiking community is what really stands out. The love Jester and her guests have for the trail is inspiring. It makes me want to get out there more often! Keep ‘em coming, Jester!

Entertaining and Inspiring!

This podcast has not only been entertaining, it has also been educational and inspirational! Every time I listen it makes me want to drive out to the AT and start a new section. Keep the episodes coming!

Amazing AT Tales and Interviews

I’ve found myself unintentionally captivated by the engaging stories told by the author (“Jester”) and her interviews with a varied who’s who of the Appalachian Trail. The laid back stories of these hikers are fun to listen to and give a glimpse into what unique adventures you can find on the trail.

So motivating!

This podcast makes me want to stay in the woods and never go back to work. Such great interviews! I feel like I am there with the guests on the trail and love the theme song.

Love this!

Jester does a great job of interacting with her guests and working with them to weave and travel through their stories of section hiking the trails. Her love for the trail and trail community shines through! Also love her segment with Steve K., talking gear. Even though I’ve been section hiking for 5+ years, I’m still learning a lot through that segment. Lastly, there’s always a ton of time and space given for thru hikers to tell their stories so it’s absolutely awesome to have a space dedicated to us section hikers! Thanks Jester for an awesome podcast!

Love the Stories, Information and Oh That Laugh!

I really like the format of Jester Section Hiker...Julie talking one to one with hikers sharing their experiences and feelings about section hiking. The stories and people are fascinating and the equipment discussion section is timely and helpful! Great Job Julie!

Love love love it all!

The way Jester repeats important points cements them in the listener’s mind. And then there’s that really wonderful laugh! Jester gives a dynamite interview while entertaining even her guests. Love her podcasts!!!

Like the show

Like the show and enjoy the content, but hate the audio. Jester sounds like she is recording the show in her bathroom. Very hollow sounding with an echo. Invest in some new recording equipment.

Great Show

Love Jester’s laugh, the stories, the gear section, and the closing journal read by the guests!


Hooray! A podcast about section hiking! I enjoy Jester Julie’s interview style. I’ve embarrassed myself (many times) while on my gym elliptical, truly laughing out loud at the comments by both Julie and her guests. It’s like we are hanging out at a camp fire, telling stories. LOVE IT!

So Fantastic, and I’m not even a hiker

Jester really brings it home with her podcasts. I can’t wait to hear more!

Fantastic show

Awesome show Steve. Julie knocked it out of the park. Will be listening to this show from now on.

Great content and host!

I love hearing the hiking stories and the entertaining host. Great content! Keep up the great work. And single-serving Spam packs are where it's at!!

Awesome podcast!

Great podcast and love it that the main focus isn’t on thru hikers.

Great podcast!

Just listened to The first episode and loved it! Finally a fun and entertaining AT hiking podcast for non thru hikers!