Mitch Meier

AKA - "Google"

  • From Mason City, IA
  • Job: Product Development and Design Engineer
  • Experience: AT ’16, PCT ‘18
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Age: 32
Previous Thru-hikes: AT ’16, PCT ’18.

What are some of your hobbies?
I love to collect small pebbles in my shoe, get mad at them, then proceed to carry them for thousands of miles as punishment (to the pebble).

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
I like pain and unlimited snacks . . . but mostly snacks.

What do you think will get you to the end?
My charm and sharp wit with a side of complete brutal luck.

What do you want to be remembered for?
Being smart enough to wear bright colors in the wilderness so my carcass was easier to spot from search and rescue aircraft. Also my ability to win thumb wrestling. Every. Damn. Time.

How would your parents describe you?
As an idiot.

What’s your luxury item?
A stay at the four seasons with a spa pass and a ticket to the buffet.

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
Any boomer that proclaims, “When did I wake up old?!?” Yeah I won’t live long enough for that so it always reminds me that a dollar today is a dollar toward tacos and happiness.

Three words to describe yourself?
Persistent, ginger, zombie.

Describe your perfect day on trail?
“I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.” – Miss Congeniality.

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
7,000 miles in bear country? What could possibly go wrong?! Likely if I do not reach the finish it will be because I am irreparably broken, bone sticking out of skin broken. Or some nefarious tick-born disease. Anything short of being permanently maimed I should be good to drag that bloody stump to the end!!!