Types of Hikers

Text and illustrations by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Hikers come in all shapes, orientations, colors and ages, with different motivations, backgrounds, cultures and styles.  But still, something brings everybody together, something that is very exciting, because often people out on the trails relate to each other in ways that build trust and instant communities like nothing else

Here I will try to get a bit closer to the different styles and arch-types of hikers you might meet on the trails, from the ultra-light gear fanatics to the old monks, the scouts, the pilgrims, the hippies, the dare-devils, the philosophers, the selfie-takers and the rest:

(Click an image to see them as slideshow)