Social media guides – Magician vs Wizard

How two kinds of social media experts might take on very different roles along the digital trails of tomorrow

By Frits Ahlefeldt, – 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

Sketching up local eating ideas

Edible landscapes and wildfood

Drawing up concepts for edible trails and local food supplies as a path to better relationships between locals and hikers

By Frits Ahlefeldt,

New innovative movement are working to reconnect people to the local landscapes in many ways. One of them is through what has been called “The local food movement”

Drawing of hiking trail with food
Food can help locals and hikers relate along the trails
Drawing of watercolor sketching gear

How to make a drawn logbook while hiking

Using a sketchbook to draw stories when hiking can be an alternative to taking photos

By Frits Ahlefeldt.

Drawing from a moleskine sketchbook, from a hike
Drawn logbook, sketching along the trails


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 of watercolor sketching gear
Classic logbook sketching gear: watercolors and brushes

Drawing gear – keep it light and fast

Drawn hiking logbook Bornholm

Sketchbook as a way to remember hikes

By Frits Ahlefeldt,

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

Sketch of people doing gymnastics

Walking past outdoor acrobats

Outdoor acrobats chilling and practicing

Logbook Sketch note By Frits Ahlefeldt,

Group of people doing acrobatics, sketch
Group of acrobats practicing outdoors, watercolor and ink sketch

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. 


Relating to trees

Drawing up how we relate to trees

By Frits Ahlefeldt.

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

Here is one of the latest drawings

Treehouse living:

Packing new cards

Getting ready to present

By Frits Ahlefeldt. 

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.

Group of people becoming a bridge helping a man in the water

Seven bridges over troubled water

Strategies to get from A to B in the best way

Drawings and text by Frits Ahlefeldt;

From diets to disruption – A collection of strategies and bridge metaphors we use to get across a difficult place or gap.

Drawing of two bridge builders
The Practical Bridge – getting things done
Drawing of a man looking at his digital twin, as a mirror image on a screen

Meet your digital twin

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

Three fishermen walking, granddad, dad and son

Things you can’t do with your smartphone

Technology can’t connect you like nature can

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt,

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…

Wood Wide Web Circle

Walking along the Wood Wide Web

Drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt.

My drawing about the circle of trees, amazing creatures we share this planet with, here is one of the drawings I did about it:

Giving up the outdated solutions of yesterday for a smarter tomorrow

Solar power is so much smarter

Factory chimney with smoke blocking the sun of tomorrow illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Today we can either create the technology for tomorrow, or the limitations for it.

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt,

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

George Harrison (Beatles) quote

If you don’t know where you’re going any road will take you there quote

Qoute from George Harrison ( Beatles, solo and songwriter)  – drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Drawing with a woman looking at a signpost with "your future on both ways. with Quote by George Harrison - if you don't know where you are going any road will take you there...
All trails lead to the future
Drawing of a signpost, with both ways leading to the future
All paths leads to the future – no quote version
China Great Wall Trail, watercolor sketch

Sketch China Great Wall Trail Watercolor

Project and watercolor sketch for a new, marked long distance hiking trail along the Great Wall of China

Watercolor and Text by Frits Ahlefeldt,

See the new GREAT WALL TRAIL project page here

Sketching and doing 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

Watercolor sketch of Bear Grylls, portrait by Frits Ahlefeldt

Sketching up hikers for a hall of fame

Portraits of hikers are hard to do – but that’s how you get better at it…

Update and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt,

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: 

Hikers Hall of Fame on


Can hiking solve global problems?

If you wonder what to do – start walking

Stop fighting – start hiking drawing and text by Frits Ahlefeldt,

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.

drawing of two dogs fighting over a planet

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.

Elves hiking

The Elves Hiker Creatures – Hikertypes collection

Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt,

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