Glorious 2017 PCT Before-and-After Photos

Yes, we know the real transformation is what happens inside the soul of a thru-hiker, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love to see what 2,000 miles of hiking looks like. From fresh gear and nervous excitement at one end, to the glorious finish photos, here are our favorite 2017 PCT before-and-after thru-hiker photos.

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Alexa “Bonsai” and Bighorn

Flip-Flop: Started at Campo, completed at Kearsarge

Juliana “Chaunce”

Nadia “Furball”

“The Trek hat faded and the legs got dirtier.”


Grant “Gusha” Leonardi
May 14 – September 13

Randall “Blue Steel”
May 12 – September 12

Robert “Fireball”

Invisible Man

Flip/Skip: May 3, August 25, September 20

Mandy “Em Dash”
Completed September 16, 2017

Jacob “Griz”

Rose “No Words”


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