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Storytelling and hiking

Drawings and text by Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

There are many connections between storytelling and walking, this page is about exploring these connections much more, to find out how storytelling work and can be used along the hiking trails, both as a way to remember the trails, as a way to get new understandings and/or as ways to write about, share and publish the walking experiences

Shaman looking man with wolf mask, illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt


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

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.

Drawing of a search chain of people beside a line of people following the leader or expert. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Search chain vs line

Two very different ways of moving through a landscape and strategies to gain new understandings

Drawing of two young people with backpacks. They are having two puzzle pieces putting letters together that form the word "facts" Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Facts of a bigger picture

We will often be able to gain better understandings from more perspectives when sharing our knowledge

Drawing of people working with press and media. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Talking to the press

Drawing up how more and more hiking projects also becomes media projects – getting funding, making videos and sharing updates to get funding or attention

Drawing of planet Earth with people working in groups around it to innovate, collect and share understandings. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Building global networks of knowledge

We live in a special time where it is possible, using technology, to build new collective landscapes of understanding

Drawing of a scientist thinking in data, a citizen thinking empathy to a flooded person and planet Earth thinking a heart. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Science, citizen and planet mindset

New knowledge focus on how there are huge differences between how scientists, engaged citizens and maybe even the planet thinks

Drawing of group of people with scientists sitting together innovating in "science jam session", hiker included. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Science jam session

Science is often seen as a top down lecture activity, but hiking together and debating, seeing and meeting different point of views around a campfire is a better way to innovate