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Thru-hiking.com

Thru-hiking.com is founded by a group of enthusiastic hikers and supported by several volunteers. The information on the website is continuously updated and improved weekly. Check in often for new thru-hikes, articles and blogs.

Would you like to add something, ask a question, or collaborate with us? Don’t hesitate to contact the Thru-Hiking team at
[email protected]

The Thru-Hiking team

Founder
Founder

Elmar Teegelbeckers

Elmar is the founder of thru-hiking.com and an enthusiastic hiker. You can wake him at any hour up for the most beautiful trails, preferably in the mountains or desolated areas. He has walked the Annapurna Circuit, Laugavegur, Fishermen’s Trail and dozens of other trails in the European Alps. Elmar recently completed the Slovenian Mountain Trail and works at the NKBV and for thru-hiking.com. Reach him at [email protected].

Thru-hiker
Thru-hiker

Marco Koevoets

Marco travels all over the world and has become hooked on hiking. He has walked the Inca Trail in Peru, multiple hikes in the United States and several parts of the Sentiero D’Italia. He wants to cross the High Tatra in the near future and combines all of this with a busy job at a bank. Marco will visit Jordan soon and will most likely hike several trails in Germany next year. He’s always looking for hidden gems in Europe!

Photographer
Photographer

Jochem de Jong

Jochem is new to the team and becoming an experienced hiker quickly! He has hiked the Fishermen’s Trail, Laugavegur and a part of the Lycian Way in 2022. But his heart is with his camera and shooting the best pictures along the way. Many of the pictures you see on thru-hiking.com are shot by Jochem. Check out his website for more stunning content.

Community manager
Community manager

Katie Mitchell

Katie is the community manager of thru-hiking.com.That is, when she’s in range! She can mostly be found on the trail or working from a remote place anywhere in the world between Mexico and New Zealand. Katie has hiked the Camino Frances, Peaks of the Balkans, the Fisherman’s Trail, and extensively in the United States. If you have any questions or want to be a part of the team, reach out to her at [email protected]

Thru-hiker
Thru-hiker

Rhana Aarts

Rhana has travelled extensively over the past years and has lived abroad for several periods of time. She likes to go on (solo) hiking adventures with her tent and backpack for one or more days. She has walked the Pieterpad and the Tour du Mont Blanc and wants to walk the Te Araroa in New Zealand. In her daily life she is busy getting her doctoral degree and in her free time she writes for thru-hiking.com.

Thru-hiker
Thru-hiker

Shanna Bussink (Rayu)

Rayu is a solo hiker at heart. She has hiked in the wilds of Canada, embarked on freestyling through Montenegro and Latvia, and has also hit the beaten track of Kungsleden, Rota Vicentina and the Jordan Trail, among others. She is a certified hike & survival instructor, and also runs the all-round preparation process for the Fjällräven Classic Sweden and gives workshops. Be sure to check out her website: hikenbeginthier.nl.

Photographer
Photographer

Chris König

Chris works as an outdoor photographer and can regularly be found in nature with his camera and tent: the higher the mountain, the better. He is always on the lookout for the balance between real emotion, atmosphere, and lively action. Next to his passion for photography, he organizes workshops in countries such as Iceland and Kyrgyzstan. 

Help us out!
Help us out!

You?

Help us out! THRU-HIKING.com is founded by a group of enthusiastic hikers and supported by several volunteers. Do you enjoy thru-hiking, and do you want to build a community with us? Do you like writing and exploring new trails? Send an e-mail to: [email protected] and maybe you can join us in the future!