52 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

    • Wilderness
    • 4.8 • 65 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 #49 - Jester, Mud Butt, and Mighty Blue

    Episode #49 - Jester, Mud Butt, and Mighty Blue

    Welcome to the "One Year Anniversary" episode of the "Jester" Section Hiker Podcast! It's hard to believe a year has already gone by, but wow what a year it has been. In a "round table" style discussion, Jester with fellow Hiking Radio Network Podcast Hosts, Anna "Mud Butt" Huthmaker and Steve "Mighty Blue" Adams reflect on the year 2020.

    All three of us take a look at how our own hiking pursuits were affected, how our podcasts were affected, and how our guests inspired us through 2020. And as with each guest Mud Butt and Mighty Blue sign off with an incredible journal reading and a powerful statement!

    Thank you for listening everybody and Happy Section Hiking!
    Steve "Mighty Blue" Adams:
    https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/mighty-blue-on-the-appalachian-trail-the-ultimate-mid-life-c/
    Anna "Mud Butt" Huthmaker:
    https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/the-trail-dames-podcast/
    Anna's Episode with El:
    https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/the-trail-dames-podcast/episode-57-el-miller-bear-spray/
    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jester@jestersectionhiker.com
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/show/jester-section-hiker/
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Email: steve@hikingradionetwork.com
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 56 min
    Episode #48 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 11, 12, 13)

    Episode #48 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 11, 12, 13)

    Jester continues to hike her way East across the State of North Carolina by completing the 40 Day Hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail.

    Jester describes Hike #11 as a very smooth terrain, Hike #12 contains excellent views of the trail moving into the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and Hike #13 is all within Stone Mountain State Park.

    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Benge Gap 268 Restaurant:
    https://www.facebook.com/Benge-Gap-268-101886201668362/?ref=page_internal
    And a Big Thank You to our show Sponsor, The MST Guide by Pocket Trails. Providing up-to-date maps and extensive trail information, Pocket Trails plans to give MST hikers everything they need to know, both when they need it and in the palm of their hand. The MST Guide App is now available in the Google Play Store and coming to the iPhone very soon!
    The MST Guide App by Pocket Trails:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.pockettrails.themstguide
    The MST Guide on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/themstguide/
    Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail:
    https://stores.portmerch.com/mountainstoseatrail/featured-products/great-day-hikes-on-north-carolina-s-mountain-to-sea-trail.html
    Mountains to Sea Trail:
    https://mountainstoseatrail.org/

    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jesternc2212@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesterhikes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jestersectionhiker/
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiNmowF8oy0C_tM3Ga7hPDg
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HikingRN/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingradionetwork/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 39 min
    Episode #47 - Ramdino

    Episode #47 - Ramdino

    In today's episode Jester shares with us her conversation with Ramdino. Ramdino has a YouTube Channel that he calls an information hub for all things Thru-Hiking when it comes to the Appalachian Trail. Ramdino is currently Section Hiking the AT and plans to Thru Hike when he retires.

    You will hear in this interview the passion that Ramdino has for hiking the Appalachian Trail and his love for the AT Hiking Community. His weekly updates on "what's happening" on the Appalachian Trail is a valuable asset to anyone wanting information on Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers, Shuttle Drivers, Trail Angels, and more.
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Connect with Ramdino:
    2021 Thru Hiker List Sign Up: https://forms.gle/Y68srEho1HUhX8Ux8
    Email: ramdinoroamingthetrails@gmail.com
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGAM_tlf2QiicHxk0gfsPGA
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ramdino/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Appalachianhikernet

    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jesternc2212@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesterhikes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jestersectionhiker/
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiNmowF8oy0C_tM3Ga7hPDg
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HikingRN/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingradionetwork/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 37 min
    Episode #46 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 8, 9, 10)

    Episode #46 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 8, 9, 10)

    Jester continues to hike her way East across the State of North Carolina by completing the 40 Day Hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail.

    On this Episode of the Podcast Jester brings you Hikes 8, 9, and 10. Jester has rated Hike #8 as the best hike so far in the quest, Hike #9 a wet and slippery trek, and Hike #10 a tour through the property of Moses H. Cone Memorial Park.

    Thanks for Listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail:
    https://stores.portmerch.com/mountainstoseatrail/featured-products/great-day-hikes-on-north-carolina-s-mountain-to-sea-trail.html
    Mountains to Sea Trail:
    https://mountainstoseatrail.org/
    History of Linville Gorge area in NC:
    https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/destinations/linville-gorge-and-falls/

    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jesternc2212@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesterhikes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jestersectionhiker/
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiNmowF8oy0C_tM3Ga7hPDg
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HikingRN/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingradionetwork/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 39 min
    Episode #45 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Episode #45 - "Jester" 40 Day Hikes on the MST (Hikes 4, 5, 6, 7)

    Jester continues to hike her way East across the State of North Carolina by completing the 40 Day Hikes from the Book, Great Day Hikes on North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail.

    On this episode of the podcast Jester brings you Hikes 4, 5, 6, and 7. These hikes cover some of the best hiking Western North Carolina has to offer in the Great Balsoms, Mt. Pisgah, Rattlesnake Lodge, and The Craggies!
    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!

    Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains-to-Sea Trail:
    https://stores.portmerch.com/mountainstoseatrail/featured-products/great-day-hikes-on-north-carolina-s-mountain-to-sea-trail.html
    Hiking NC Lookout Towers - Peter J. Barr:
    https://www.amazon.com/Hiking-North-Carolinas-Lookout-
    Towers/dp/0895873567
    Carolina Mountain Club - Lookout Tower Challenge:
    https://www.carolinamountainclub.org/index.cfm/do/pages.view/id/25/page/Lookout-Tower-Challenge-(LTC)
    Emergency Bivvy:
    https://www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com/survive-outdoors-longer-emergency-bivvy.html
    Nitecore Headlamp:
    https://www.nitecorestore.com/NITECORE-NU32-550-Lumen-LED-Rechargeable-Headlamp-p/fl-nite-nu32-bk.htm

    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jesternc2212@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesterhikes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jesterhikes
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiNmowF8oy0C_tM3Ga7hPDg
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HikingRN/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingradionetwork/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 44 min
    Episode #44 - Charissa & Julia Hipp

    Episode #44 - Charissa & Julia Hipp

    Mother-Daughter duo, Charissa and Julia Hipp, join Jester in this episode to share with you their passion and dedication to Section Hike the Appalachian Trail. Julia just recently turned 5 years old and as you will hear has her own pack, hiking pole, snacks she likes to carry, and a couple more special items that go in her pack. She also likes to play "Resupply.

    Charissa shares with us why she started hiking with Julia, and her methods for taking her on hikes at a young age. Charissa is also an advocate for Leave No Trace, Hiking Responsibly, and volunteers with Julia to clean up local trails. You will also hear that Charissa started her own company, The Nature Prescription, LLC.

    Thanks for listening and Happy Section Hiking!
    Connect with Charissa and Julia Hipp:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hipphikergal/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingwithpigtails/
    The Nature Prescription, LLC:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenatureprescription/
    Wild Keepers:
    https://keepnaturewild.com/pages/wild-keepers
    iNaturalist App:
    https://www.inaturalist.org/
    The Nature Fix:
    http://www.florencewilliams.com/the-nature-fix
    Jacqueline - Listener Who Recommended Today's Guests:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rvahikergirl/

    Connect with Julie "Jester" Gayheart:
    Email: jesternc2212@gmail.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesterhikes/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jesterhikes
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiNmowF8oy0C_tM3Ga7hPDg
    Connect with Hiking Radio Network:
    Website: https://www.hikingradionetwork.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HikingRN/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikingradionetwork/
    Music provided by: The Okee Dokee Brothers
    "Through The Woods"
    www.okeedokee.org

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Jester Sr. ,

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!

Mrs. Chopper ,

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

Mozzie Mike ,

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.

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