Hiking, which ranges from leisurely strolls to extreme hikes, is a global phenomenon and big business.
The concept of hiking dates back to the 18th century when the idea of taking a walk in the countryside for pleasure developed, and arose because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature, associated with the Romantic movement. In earlier times walking generally indicated poverty and was also associated with vagrancy. These days organized hiking holidays are big business from group walking tours to individual treks. The choice of hiking destinations worldwide is endless from Nepal or the Andes to Corsica or Mount Kilimanjaro. But the down side to this activity is that large numbers of hikes can damage fragile natural environments. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "hiking route".
This is a time of year when many people are pulling on their hiking boots and heading out into the wilds. But where you are allowed to go and what you are allowed to do when you get there depends very much on which country you live in. John Laurenson sent us this postcard from Sweden where - like elsewhere in Scandinavia - the right to roam has become an integral part of national identity.
When David Sneddon vanished 14 years ago hiking in China, his body was never found. His family thinks he was kidnapped by North Korea and now, following the meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, have renewed hope of finding out the truth. WorldLink spoke with Sneddon's friend, George Bailey.
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