Elves hiking

The Elves Hiker Creatures – Hikertypes collection

Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Sometimes on the trails you get a glimpse of something you can’t believe, look back, was it really? 

Drawing of an elver hiking, walking very llightly
Elves often pass you by very swiftly

See all the hiker types here


Ghost hiker

Ghost hiker drawing – hiker types

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Illustration of a classic ghost with a backpack
Ghost hiker drawing

Ghost hikers… are they real?  What is real anyway… as an old hiker might say, throwing a few branches on the campfire, as the sun sets and the twilight change everything

Spiritual hiker

Hiking as a path to wisdom

By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of a spiritual hiker
The Spiritual hiker illustration

Some hikers chose hiking as a path to a simple life, often practicing contemplation techniques, yoga and meditation along their journey. Some walk for a while, other walks for life, across mountains, countries and realities.

the Spiritual hiker illustration is part of the Hiking.org hiker types drawings collection


Troll hiker

Sketching up Hiker types

By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of a troll hiking
A happy Troll lady hiker

Happy troll hiker. On the trails you can meet all kind of hikers, sometimes you wonder if they are real, or you have entered a magical world somewhere… 

Sketching up Hikertypes, see them all here: Hiker types drawings

Bird hiker

Bird watching and hiking

#hikertypes drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

man with backpack walking and watching birds
bird watcher hiker, hiking to watch birds

Walking comes natural as part of bird watching, and bird watchers can walk as long as it takes to get closer to the birds. and a bird hiker often doesn’t pay much attention to anything else… The easiest way to recognize a bird hiker is when a tiny dot moves somewhere in the sky above, no matter how far away, birders are likely to loose sense of time and place and focus entirely on the dot in the sky.

If needed they will grab to their binoculars, they always keep at hand… often worn to the blank metal and with a name like Zeiss or Leica still visible somewhere.  Ultra high-end binoculars that cost more alone, than most other hikers spend on all their hiking gear combined.

But then again, most birders doesn’t spend their money on much else than their binoculars… and they often last for many years, in a field where you never know when and if you get a second chance.

Illustration is part of my collection of hiker types drawings – see them all here on Hikertypes 

baby carrier hiker

Hiking with toddlers drawing

Hiker types drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

man, woman and kid in baby carrier out hiking
toddler hiker walking with a baby carrier along the trails

You can still go hiking when you have kids

Drawing up #hikertypes you can meet out on the trails – See them all here: Hiker types drawings

Dog hiker

Hiking with a dog

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Dogs can be the best hiking company ever, and countless stories, reports and experts recommend taking your dog for a walk or a hike to feel better, live better and enjoy life and the hike more

hikertypes - dog hiker illustration, girl with backpack walking with a dog
dog hiker, hiking with a dog

the challenges

there is a lot of good things about hiking with a dog, and just a few challenges.  The challenges are mainly about having to carry some extra food, about meeting other dogs or about going places where dogs are not welcome.

The good things

Hikers walking with dogs can talk for hours about this, about how the dog will help you see things, you would otherwise miss, how the dog will keep you company, so you won’t feel alone – and often cheer you up if you do. And how the dog can also help you feel (and be) more safe and sleep better, and help create contact when meeting other hikers or locals along the trail.

A dog can also find a hard to see trail, as it can pick up the smell of what way other hikers have gone.

The dog hiker drawing is part of my sketches of hiker types. See all hiker types here: hikertypes

Night hiker

Walking in the dark can be magical

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org


Some hikers prefer to walk at night, either in total darkness, getting used to navigating through the landscapes in the pale light from the moon and stars. Or using a head lamp, to cross difficult sections of the trail. When you can’t use your eyes as much, something special happens, all your other senses step op, fills in the gabs, you listen, feel and intensify your other impressions more, to get a better, and in many ways very different picture of the trail you follow.

The night hiker drawing is part of the hiker types collection: see all hiker types drawings here

Elf hiker

Drawing of the Legendary Mythical Hiker Elf

Illustration and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Tiny shy hiker creatures, known throughout history, but very seldom seen

Drawing of a elf hiking, with a backpack in winter time.
Elf hiker, tiny magical hikertype, can follow hikers for long distances, without being seen.

Elfs are small magical creatures, that reportedly can reach an age of several hundred years. The hiker elf is known from stories all over the world and often described as being able to do magical things, like becoming invisible.  The hiker elf is at home out in the landscapes and have a huge knowledge of nature, they might even be seen as nomadic. The hiker elf can follow hikers for many miles almost always without being noticed. And they have been said to help hikers find the way in bad weather, help find lost items, they can hold tents steady at night and cheer hikers up in many other ways. Some stories also say you need to treat them well, if you should be so lucky to meet one of these small mythical wanderers

Part of hiker types collection, see them all here Hiker types

Expedition hikers

Expedition hikers – hiking in extreme places and under extreme conditions, where quitting is not an option

By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of two expedition hikers, in extreme weather
Expedition hikers, mastering the extreme

Hiking in remote locations, to the top of the highest mountains, around Alaska or across wind blasted deserts. Expedition hiking is one of the most extreme kinds of hiking. It is a place where you need to be able to survive, with what you know, and what you got, like you where out in space

Expedition grade gear

Expedition hikers care more about if their hiking gear is easy to repair and long lasting, than its weight. Expedition tents, cooking gear and clothes are much heavier, than the (as expensive) ultra light, thin stuff the ultra race hikers use.  Because expedition hikers most often can’t rely on a support team to step in and replace things, or get them out if something goes wrong.

Know-how, stamina and persistence

Expedition hikers combine a number of abilities and skills that it takes many years to master. Knowing both the techniques, the limits of the gear and the alternative options if something fails. But maybe most important, expedition hikers need to know how to keep sharp and keep going, even though the going gets worse than unbearable.  And even if it means you have to let go of what you know and what you thought you should, and were able to.

Storytelling hiker

The Storytelling hiker – walking to tell stories

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of a woman walking with notebook and pen, writing
Storytelling hiker, walking to write

Hiking bloggers, travel journalists, writers and other storytellers use walking and hiking to tell stories. And in strange ways storytelling and hiking are both about following and connecting experiences and life to lines and landscapes, either as stories or as footpaths. Sometimes even as both

The storyteller hiker is part of the Hiker types collection

Ultra hiker

The Ultra Hiker Drawing – Hiker walking to push limits

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of an ultra trail hiker walking fast
Ultra Trail hiker

The ultra hikers walk to push limits, to break records, and test what is possible, they often use ultra advanced, ultra light and ultra expensive gear to test what is possible for humans, or just for them personally

The ultra hiker is part of the Hiker types collection

Marble jar hiker

the marble jar hiker, adding trails, steps, miles or mountain tops etc. to the collection

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of a woman walking with a jar with marble pearls
Marble jar hiker, collecting miles, steps, mountain tops, long distance trails or other things

Some hikers count steps, other miles, again others have walked all the trails in their country, or walked around it, along the borders or from one end to the other or around the world… or

the Marble Jar hiker is part of the hiker types collection

Recovery hiker

Walking to move on – the recovery hiker

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, hiking.org

Woman walking pulling a stone, in a rope, after her
Recovery hiker, hiking to recover

Along certain pilgrim roads it is custom to bring a stone, that symbolize the problem, challenge or thing you need to get over or work with. And when you do you can leave the stone behind and move on

The Recovery hiker is part of the Hiker types collection