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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Going Solo Pt. 2

Going Solo Pt. 2

Yeah, yeah. This post is ridiculously late. I'm now only 300 miles from the border, but better late than never, as they say. I'm no longer on my

Aug 18, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Going Solo Pt. 1

Going Solo Pt. 1

I've been hiking in one group or another since the second day of this journey. This is not a complaint, as I was worried I'd be alone for the whole

Jul 29, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Goodbye Snow?

Goodbye Snow?

For the last three days before South Lake Tahoe, I can't remember how many times I heard "only five more miles of snow." Every time they were very

Jul 12, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Bent, Broken, but Whole

Bent, Broken, but Whole

After you finish the first half of the Sierra Nevada you may think the worst is in the rearview mirror. The tall passes are done, and you feel nearly

Jul 5, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
The Section of Passes

The Section of Passes

788.5-801.2 Kearsarge and Glen Pass I awoke for the second time on this trip from the comfort of a pit toilet. Debbie, a trail angel in Bishop, had

Jun 25, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
A Morning on Forester

A Morning on Forester

Miles 702.2 to 788.5, Kennedy Meadows to Bullfrog Lake. All you have to do is take one more step. My world shrinks to the size of that thought and

Jun 17, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Farewell to Sand

Farewell to Sand

The desert is over. The thought crossed my mind as I walked next to a flush river amid pine trees. It was still hot, but the Joshua trees were long

Jun 11, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Tehachapi to Lake Isabella

Tehachapi to Lake Isabella

Mile 566.5 to 580.6 Day 33 Woke up at trail angel Brenda's house only to realize the power was still out from the storm the afternoon before. We had

Jun 8, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
Distractions and Trail Names

Distractions and Trail Names

Mile 454.5-566.5 A thru hike won't necessarily change your life. This goes against a lot of people's beliefs, but I've found it so far to be

Jun 1, 2019 : Mitch Baertlein
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