100 episodes

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.

"Jester" Section Hiker Julie "Jester" Gayheart

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    • 4.8 • 94 Ratings

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.

    Episode #107 - Mills Kelly (Grandaddy Spartan)

    Episode #107 - Mills Kelly (Grandaddy Spartan)

    Mills Kelly, host of The Green Tunnel podcast, joins Jester to chat about his journey on the Appalachian Trail that began as a kid in 1971. Mills refers to himself as a lifetime AT Section Hiker and enjoys learning and sharing the history of the AT.

    You will hear in their conversation Mills referring to various historical landmarks along the trail and responds to one of Jester's questions with an answer that came from Myron Avery back in 1937.

    Mills Kelly is also a historian and College Professor at George Mason University. Mills has taught classes regarding the history of the Appalachian Trail and now produces The Green Tunnel Podcast along with his team at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Connect with Mills Kelly:
    The Green Tunnel Podcast: https://greentunnel.rrchnm.org/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tkelly7029/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100072559565053
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/jester-section-hiker/
    "Jester" Reference Tools, Gear Lists, Hiking Resume and more:
    https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 43 min
    Episode #106 - Dr. Aaron Pospisil (Veterinarian Q & A)

    Episode #106 - Dr. Aaron Pospisil (Veterinarian Q & A)

    Dr. Aaron is back on the podcast with Jester to answer listener questions regarding hiking with your dog. The listeners sent in some great questions and Dr. Aaron shared with us some best practices for each one. He shares with us a few breeds that would not make good hiking companions, why preventative care is key in a dog's life, what to carry in case your dog needs first aid, food and snack suggestions, what happens if your dog gets giardia, ticks, and more!

    Dr. Aaron earned his DVM from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, he's a Graduate of The Ohio State University, a Buckeye Trail Section Hiker, a Podcaster, Father, Husband, and advocate for Not One More Vet.
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Not One More Vet: https://nomv.org/
    Basic Calorie Counter: https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/basic-calorie-calculator
    Connect with Aaron Pospisil:
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1565252944

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CritterChroniclesPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PospisilPhotography
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/jester-section-hiker/
    "Jester" Reference Tools, Gear Lists, Hiking Resume and more:
    https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode #105 - The 10 Essentials (Part 2)

    Episode #105 - The 10 Essentials (Part 2)

    Happy New Year everybody! Jester and guest co-host Austin pick up where they left off from on last week's episode by continuing to share their 10 Essential Gear items utilizing the list from The Mountaineers. This week you will hear what they carry for making a fire, emergency shelter, extra food, water, and clothes. And Jester shares a tip she learned on how to keep the mice away if you stay in shelters!

    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    The Mountaineers:
    https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/what-are-the-ten-essentials
    The Mountaineers Official 10 Essentials List:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ETfWCshglQ0nFNgQFbJvWNocjIHr-8bg/view?usp=sharing
    Jester 10 Essentials Gear List:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/19ta-E9NKHANXppgfpx85R-8mjMAZ1wiMO73PxThDbz4/edit?usp=sharing
    Austin 10 Essentials Gear List:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/15kUWHMagCqfjjbdQUsG_MLonTEn_thVtYyR6-PcpPgI/edit?usp=sharing

    Hiker Safety Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/hikersafety/
    Hiker Safety Website:
    https://solo.to/hikersafety
    HangCon:
    https://hangcon.com/
    Connect with Austin Wallis:
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClx1T8H95n2cli-uHkeSwIw
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sidetrailadventures/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SideTrailAdventures
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 38 min
    Episode #104 - The 10 Essentials (Part 1)

    Episode #104 - The 10 Essentials (Part 1)

    December always seems to be the month that Jester begins to take a look at the calendar and starts to plot and plan her section hiking adventures for the next year. It's also a time when she starts to take a look at her gear, which includes the 10 essential items for each hike. As we all get ready for our upcoming adventures in 2022 Jester brings back guest co-host Austin Wallis to share their specific 10 Essential Gear items.

    Jester and Austin discuss the first 5 gear items from The Mountaineers 10 Essentials list which covers Navigation, Headlamp, Sun Protection, First Aid Kit, and Knife. Next week, they'll be back to close out the list with the final 5 items.
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

    The Mountaineers:
    https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/what-are-the-ten-essentials
    Jester 10 Essentials Gear List:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/19ta-E9NKHANXppgfpx85R-8mjMAZ1wiMO73PxThDbz4/edit?usp=sharing
    Austin 10 Essentials Gear List:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/15kUWHMagCqfjjbdQUsG_MLonTEn_thVtYyR6-PcpPgI/edit?usp=sharing
    Hiker Safety Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/hikersafety/
    Hiker Safety Website:
    https://solo.to/hikersafety
    Connect with Austin Wallis:
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClx1T8H95n2cli-uHkeSwIw
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sidetrailadventures/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SideTrailAdventures
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 33 min
    Episode #103 - Jester and Charissa: Connecting With Others

    Episode #103 - Jester and Charissa: Connecting With Others

    Guest co-host Charissa Hipp is back this week with Jester as they continue their talks centered on the healing power of nature. Charissa starts off with some updates from the ATC visitors center, shares with us about ATC Affinity Groups, shares about the Wild East Women's group, and rounds out the episode with some powerful words from one of her favorite authors.

    Charissa Hipp is the Visitor Center Supervisor for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, WV. If you are ever in Harpers Ferry, please stop by and see Charissa! She would love to chat with you!

    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Appalachian Trail Conservancy:
    https://appalachiantrail.org/
    ATC Affinity Groups:
    https://appalachiantrail.org/register-blog/communities-of-action-affinity-groups/
    Potomac Appalachian Trail Club:
    https://www.patc.net/PATC/Home/PATC/Home.aspx
    Umbrella Project:
    https://umbrellaprojecthike.org/
    Healing Trees a Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing by Ben Page:
    https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Trees-Pocket-Forest-Bathing/dp/1647224187
    Connect with Charissa Hipp:
    Email: charissahipp@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hipphikergal/
    Website: http://thenatureprescription.com/
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 30 min
    Episode #102 - Penny Vann (Reverse)

    Episode #102 - Penny Vann (Reverse)

    Jester has a great talk with ALDHA Board Member and H.A.S.T.E. Coordinator, Penny Vann. Penny shares with us how she got her unique trail name "Reverse", why she hikes backwards going downhill, and the benefits of why a long-distance hiker should join ALDHA. In addition to the benefits of joining ALDHA, Penny shares the importance of ALDHA's H.A.S.T.E. program, which stands for Hiker Awareness, Safety, and Trail Education.

    The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association defines itself as an off-trail family of hikers, dreamers, and friends of the trail, working to preserve, protect, and promote the long-distance hiking experience.
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    JOIN ALDHA:
    https://aldha.org/

    Hiker Safety Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/hikersafety/
    Hiker Safety Website:
    https://solo.to/hikersafety
    Outdoor Evolution Article:
    https://theoutdoorevolution.com/explore-by-foot/hiker-safet-prepare-practice-promote
    TSX Challenge (Mt. Whitney):
    https://tsxchallenge.com/trek-dates/trans-sierra-xtreme-challenge/
    Podcast w/Mighty Blue:
    https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/mighty-blue-on-the-appalachian-trail-the-ultimate-mid-life-c/episode-297-tom-sherry-stellar/
    HangCon:
    https://hangcon.com/
    Connect with Penny Vann:
    Email: plvann3@gmail.com
    H.A.S.T.E: https://aldha.org/haste
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jestersectionhiker/
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/jester-section-hiker/
    "Jester" Reference Tools, Gear Lists, Hiking Resume and more:
    https://solo.to/jestersectionhiker
    Music for the Podcast provided by:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Through The Woods"
    http://www.okeedokee.org/

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

The Usher 2016 ,

Great and informative program

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

pep786 ,

Sectioned

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

Central Coast Hiker ,

Meh - okay if you want to hike a lot in the Southeast

I initally really liked this podcast and hearing from folks who were section hiking the AT. It seems like the focus has more and more become on trails and people of the Southeast, not section hikers from all over, so it doesn't really hold as much interest for me. As a CA hiker, I also thought the episode on planning/permit for the JMT was terrible - misinformation and incomplete information.

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