How two kinds of social media experts might take on very different roles along the digital trails of tomorrow
By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org – Technology
On the hiking trails social media is booming, and in a time when everybody becomes social media experts or at least users, it seems that calling someone an expert is not exact enough any more, instead we need to differ between different kinds of social media experts. And sketching up ideas for that I stumbled across the classic difference between being a magician and a Wizard
Using a sketchbook to draw stories when hiking can be an alternative to taking photos
By Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org
Video, photos and notebooks, there are many ways of recording and making a logbook from the trails. One of them is making a drawn logbook, with sketches from the adventure. I’ve been working with drawn logbooks for many years, and here are a few of the things I have learned. And I few examples from the drawn notes I’ve done along the trails
Drawing up impressions from hikes can be a different way to remember the days along the trails. Here are my sketches from a coastal hiking trail with my daughters to Bornholm, a small island out in the Baltic Sea
Doing simple sketches along the trail in a Moleskine notebook, coloring them up when-ever there was time
Logbook Sketch note By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
Passing by a park, stopping for a second, where a group of outdoor acrobats are hanging out between the trees, laughing and practicing in the green grass, still humid from the last days of rain. Some of acrobats talking, the other doing stunts, standing on hands, on top of each other or stretching out, while the afternoon sun and the strong wind is rustling the trees, like in applause, high above the group.
Forests and trees are what produce much of the air we breathe and many of things we use, from medicine to bridges, floors, foods and boats. But more… being around living trees also helpour thrive and health
Printing out cards and packing down my tent in my backpack. Checking my writing and drawing gear. All ready to go live on a huge gathering of society experts, to report about hiking, thrive and a future on foot, from Bornholm. A small island in the Baltic Sea. Will be there over the next few days and update here.
The intelligence of your phone is beyond what you hold in your hand, your phone is just the surface of something much larger, and closer to you – Get ready to meet your digital twin… Your twin who is a smarter than you, faster, more connected and know you better, version of yourself
Going fishing together – Strolling along a river, laughing, enjoying walking for that special place, where the fish often can be caught. Teaching your kid about the places along the stream, that you learned from your dad, walking right behind you, even though he moved on and became one with how the eddies show where the fish hide, how once a huge tree blocked the flow, how beavers and otters slip out of sight… and into the slow flow of water and time – all this our smartphones, apps and digital social networks can’t grasp…
Solar power and solar technology is now both cheaper, more advanced and easier to install and use to store energy than the old, extremely polluting and cumbersome coal and oil energy sources. With good reason a lot of countries are speeding up to switch to solar, but also wind and other alternative sources. Some countries are unfortunately going in the other direction…
The tragedy is that this scared run for yesterday, risk to destroy the future for everybody, to favor a few, that are too conservative to make the necessary changes. Fortunately it look like in most of the world, new solar harvesting structures are being build on a scale never seen before, energy structures that can soon support and nurture both new technologies, locals, food and thrive
Hikers and hiking is here on pushing the edge, new solar technologies, ultra-light and effective panels, batteries and less power hungry flashlights, phones and other technologies are tested to their most extreme by hikers on the trails, and what works for hiking – will very likely work everywhere… to the benefit of everybody
Sketching and doing Hiking.org Research about if it might be possible to create a marked long distance hiking route along the Chinese Great Wall.
The Great Wall is one of Earth’s seven wonders, a celebrated UNESCO monument and considered to be the world’s most known and largest building structure. The marked hiking trail could be around 3000-5000 miles / 4000-7000km. long and would make the hike along the Great Wall of China much easier to follow and experience, both for locals and international hikers
Portraits of hikers are hard to do – but that’s how you get better at it…
Update and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
For a long time I’ve been wanting to make a collection of hikers and outdoor people that tell good stories, has hiked in special ways, or in other ways made hiking more interesting. Now the first ten watercolor sketches of such hikers are up with links to their websites… With a few well-known names in between ( Like Bear Grylls, Cheryl Strayed, Andrew Skurka and more ) Let me know if the idea is worth continuing. Bet there are a lot of interesting hikers from all over the world out on the trails… See the first ten portraits here, with the challenged watercolor sketches, I did of them:
Stop fighting – start hiking drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org
There are many challenges to our small blue planet right now. From armed conflicts, to global threats of epidemics, population growth, culture clash and lack of resources – and a very, very strange distribution of them – First step to solve any challenge is most often to get a different perspective on everything. And to my experience the best and fastest way to get that is to start walking
When you walk, you can only carry a little, and only take one step at the time – just those two things can really make a great difference to anybody’s understanding, after a few days. First you start realize that it is actually not that scary to spend the nights under the sky. Second you realize how little – and much you have to lose, when what you got, is more about who you are, and how you handle challenges, than about fancy stuff you can buy to strap to your back.
First step in solving conflicts and challenges is most often to let go, to understand them from a different perspectiveWhen you let go and start walking, then you start to change perspective, you meet people way different from you, and realize, when everybody get out of their comfort zones, conflicts, cars, houses and suits, we are all a lot alike – and share more than divide us – and more than anything we share life.
And Life is so much more important than anything, anybody can ever buy or claim. But it is not something you can realize from behind walls or wheels or screens, or by holding tight unto what you claim to be yours, but much more something you can understand from walking and sharing trails and stories, while walking.