Mitch Baertlein

Hey there! I'm Mitch, and come May 2019 I'll be heading NOBO on the PCT. This will be my first thru-hike attempt, but I've been doing short sections of the trail in Oregon with my mom for a couple of years. I've been in the solar industry since I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering, so I figured it's time to soak up a little sun myself in the great outdoors.

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Summits, Toilets, and Pizza

Summits, Toilets, and Pizza

Days 17-24 Miles 266.1 to 454.5 The easiest way to think of a thru-hike is as a bunch of section hikes tied together by town stops. With about

May 25, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Paradise and Beyond

Paradise and Beyond

Days 8-15 Mile 151.9 to 266.1 Paradise Valley Cafe to Big Bear It's easy to fall into routine out here. Wake up, clear up camp and make some coffee.

May 15, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
A Desert Full of Life

A Desert Full of Life

I've learned a very simple parkour in my first eight days on trail. The first five miles out of Campo, I was feeling on top of the world. Canada was

May 9, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Why My List of Reasons Isn’t a List

Why My List of Reasons Isn’t a List

I've sat down at a computer about 100 times now with the intention of making a list of reasons for why I'm hiking the PCT this year. And each time

Mar 4, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein