philosophy


Thoughts about hiking from different perspectives

Text and drawings by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Hiking and walking is something that have influenced us since the dawn of time. In our understanding, in our language, in logic and in the way we live and understand reality, walking is one of our most used metaphors. This section is about six different perspectives: thrive, environment, resources, storytelling, innovation and place-making. Used to take a closer look on what it might mean to be human – all seen and drawn up using hiking as a frame:

Thrive

Environment

Resources

Storytelling

Innovation

Place-making

Traditional hemp clothing illustration

Rain Gear for Hiking

Hiking gear Research project and sketches about rain protection from traditional designs to future designs

Research on edible hiking trails

Food trails

Growing food along the hiking trails, research project about edible trails

Shaman looking man with wolf mask, illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Landspirits

Land spirits – collection of creatures of a more spiritual nature hikers sometimes share stories about

Concept sketch of different ways of using wheels when walking. for suitcase, backpack etc.

Hiking with wheels project

Ways of using wheels when hiking research project

Community building hiking trail drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Climate Trails

Drawing up how hiking trails can help us face climate change and global warming

Drawing of a hiker camping between to trees, watching the sunset

Hiking and the Common Good

Drawings and thoughts about how hiking and the Common Good might benefit us and each other in a digital future

Conceptsketch of solar powered tent concepts Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Solar power tents

Ideas, sketches and research into how solar power panels and batteries might be used in connection with tents

Sleeping pads with solar charger. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Solar power sleeping mat

Got an Idea for a sleeping mat with solar panel integrated – concept drawings and thoughts

Group of hikers walking around Mountain - illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Communities and hiking

Drawing up thoughts and perspectives on communities and groups

Hiker girl helping huge stranded sea turtle. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Coastal hiking can help cold stunned sea turtles

Project about how coastal hiking, trails and hikers can help the rescue of cold stunned sea turtles

Old hiker taking a break

Drawing of a wind beaten hiker sitting down for a moment along the coast

Cartoon drawing of a man sitting in a car saying " horrible weather is coming... get a car" To a hiker outside. while the car creates the bad weather. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Cars and the paradox of horrible weather

What can seem like the solution is sometimes the challenge…

Teaching kids outdoors

Teaching kids outdoors helps them understand, move and be more happy. Connecting to nature, instead of screens.

Idea for a hikers shlelter looking like a turtle. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Sea turtle concept shelter

Concept: a observation post and sleeping shelter along the coast for hikers working with monitoring biodiversity and sea turtles

Solar power umbrella types sketches. concept sketch Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

solar charging umbrella

Concept: could we design umbrella types that also work as solar chargers ?

Sketch of a waterbar trail drain Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

The water bar concept sketch

Keeping water off trails is important to keep them healthy and walkable. Water bars are one of the designs

Floating biodiversity wind turbiine. off shore. Atoll version. Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Atoll wind turbine biodiversity concept

Idea sketch of an atoll sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept and sketch: Bow off shore wind turbine generating power for remote areas and supporting biodiversity Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Bow wind turbine biodiversity concept

Idea sketch of an bow shaped sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept for a wind generating island by hikers shelter in remote area Concept sketch watercolor and pencil. By Frits Ahlefeldt

Seal island wind turbine biodiversity concept

Idea sketch of a vertical, floating sustainable wind power turbine, with a structure that can support biodiversity

Concept of a gadbury bridge. made of tree trunks. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Gadbury bridge design

Research: One of the classic ways of building hiking trail bridges is the Gadbury bridge, made of local wood

The bridge as place

In our understandings of landscapes bridges often stands out as something special

Illustration of solid wood bridge construction. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Wood bridge feel

Bridges can be made in many ways, from the most flimsy to the solid almost ever lasting bridge designs

Stream with three different crossings: Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Using design to support hiking experiences

When a hiking trail cross a stream the passage can be designed in several ways. All having a huge influence on both the hiking experience and on the place

Group of people crossing a river with different strategies and places. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Psychology and ways of crossing a stream

Hiking can teach us new things about our strategies, roles and preferences.

Examples of tree trunk steps and stairs. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Stairways design study

When trails starts to rise or fall, at a certain angle stairs are one way of making the trails continue when the terrain gets steeper

Sketch of a simple stairway made of wood trunks. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Timber used to make steps sketch

Research sketch – understanding a simple way to use tree trunks to make steps along trails

Illustration of a trail over wet area ( turnpike concept. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

Turnpike design research drawing

When a hiking trail cross a stream the passage can be designed in several ways. All having a huge influence on both the hiking experience and on the place

Concept sketch of line of tree trunks over wet area. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt. Hiking.org

The corduroy timber path concept

Simple timber structure over wet area. ( corduroy) Not recommended any more

Drawing of a beaver sitting by a flooded trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

When biodiversity and trails face each other

Hikers like to be close to wildlife and walking through landscapes where nature is set free. But it can be a challenge to balance the needs of nature, of habitats and of hikers.

Hiker looking at trail damage by invasive species along trail ( japanese knotweed) Hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Trails to help biodiversity

Hikers like to be close to wildlife and walking through landscapes where nature is set free. But it can be a challenge to balance the needs of nature, of habitats and of hikers.

Drawing of hikers and mountainbikes and all-wheel vehicles on the same trail. Traildesign hiking Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Five reasons dedicated hiking trails works best

Walkers most often loose, when trails can be used for anything but walking