Per­ma­nent Paths

Spend five months trekking a long trail, and it’ll leave a mark on you— some­times lit­er­ally. These three thru-hik­ers com­mem­o­rated their achieve­ments by get­ting inked.

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Pat “Hud­son” Young

“My tat­too is a com­ple­tion pose,” says Hud­son. “Af­ter each hike, I raise my hick­ory sticks to recre­ate the AT sym­bol.”

Clint “Lint” Bunt­ing

“In­stead of car­ry­ing maps, I could rely on my map tat­toos to guide me,” says Lint. “Well, maybe.”

Evans “Juke­box” Prater

Dur­ing Juke­box’s trek in 2014, 2,185.3 was the magic num­ber: the mileage of the Ap­palachian Trail. Hik­ers to­day have to walk about four miles far­ther.

Jodi “Snake Jumper” Pud­will

Snake Jumper’s son, tat­too artist Michael Ol­son, cre­ated her dis­tinc­tive ink.

mount_ in­spi­ra­tion Asheville, NC

hud­son_ hikes Sharon, CT

snake­jumper Las Ve­gas, NV

Lint_ Hikes Ash­land, OR

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