USA · Naked Hiking Day in Vermont [28 June 2019]
We got a report by John P about a Naked Hiking Day event.
The Solstice hike in Vermont took place as usual on the section of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail between Wallingford and Mt Tabor. This year there were 11 participants in spite of the dubious weather, with a forecast calling for "a couple of morning showers and then some sunshine", which was pretty much what occurred. Rain the previous day meant that the proposed campout at Grout Pond didn't happen, but my friend Dan and I did camp at the Big Branch shelter near the hike's starting point, walking in under a misty drizzle. Because of that rain (and a wet week in general) the trails were muddy and flooded in places, and streams were running full. Nevertheless we were able to get by everywhere, and it was even possible to keep one's feet dry.
There were a few incidents along the way, all favorable. We passed several long-distance hikers, all clothed except one, who all greeted us politely and smiled when we reminded them that it was Nude Hiking Day. The one person we met who was celebrating the day was a woman who was wearing just boots and a bra.
Little Rock Pond is near the end of the usual Solstice hike, and it's a lovely lake with a camping area. Because it's just over 2 miles in from the road over a level trail (but rocky and bumpy!) it gets a fair number of visitors coming in just to camp, and a caretaker lives there in a tent during the summer. He wasn't there when we passed by, but we met him out on the trail with tools to create drainage ditches, and we exchanged a few words with him, nudity not being a topic for argument. Then a short while later we passed two women and some small children, and one of the ladies said to the kids,"That's 8 naked people so far, right?" and to us, "Have fun, everyone". Finally just a few yards from the end, I passed a couple I'd guess to be in their 40s, walking entirely naked with big smiles. Apparently they'd met the first section of our group in the parking lot, a conversation about Naked Hiking Day had occurred, and this couple decided that walking naked would be a fine thing to do!
Most of us finished up at Sal's South restaurant in Wallingford, where we had a meal before heading home. Because of the size of our group, they seated us in the back room, but the waitress didn't accept a suggestion that we should dine nude. Perhaps that could be changed if we asked in advance?
– Report and photos: John P, USA. Source: Report on freerangenaturism.com, courtesy of John P.
D · Nackt ist frei [en: Nude means free] - Berlin city magazine ZITTY sees some naturist renaissance [26 June 2019]
Berlin city magazine ZITTY writes in a longer article Nackt ist frei (in German): 'Until a few years ago, it seemed as if naturism was becoming increasingly unpopular. But recently, naturism has been experiencing a some renaissance: in naturist clubs and in shared flats, in some Berlin clubs and at bathing lakes, with sex and without', and proves this statement with numerous descriptions of nude activities. In fact, Berlin offers, among other things, numerous opportunities for sports in the nude: Regelmäßige Termine Nacktsport [en: recurrent events for nude sports].
D · 2019 Naturist days in the Harz Mountains [11 June 2019]
The long weekend from Corpus Christi on in 2019 was again the opportunity for around 40 naturists to gather for the 2019 Naturist days in the Harz Mountains and to undertake joint naturist activities in the Oberharz.
During these naturist days, 13 of the naturists participated in a bodypainting. After the already traditional presentation of our body-art works between church and town hall in Clausthal, some of us enjoyed a delicious ice cream. Other guests and passers-by first showed their surprise at the colourful 'dresses', then greeted back friendly and took an unusual memory home.
After the trip to Clausthal, some of us did a short hike before dinner. We met a family with two boys and two girls. They obviously had a lot of fun in view of our picturesque skin art, and when we told them about having ice cream in Clausthal, they had to laugh out loud - their cheerfulness sounded for quite a while.
– Report: Rainer (text), Helmut (photos)
F · Vacation in early summer based in the naturist village Origan [11 June 2019]
A group of naturists had chosen Origan in the southern French Alps as their domicile for almost two weeks. They went on their daily hikes in the buff in front of majestic Alpine peaks. In addition, natural attractions such as the longest and deepest gorge in the Alps (Gorges du Verdon) were the destinations of their excursions. And at the end of the day, French cuisine awaited the tired hikers with culinary surprises and wines full of character.
The network of hiking trails in the french South-Alps didn't make it easy to find circular hikes, so that sometimes a one-way hike was the solution – with 2 cars no problem, but because of the many serpentines quite time-consuming. Also, the texture of hiking trails in the Alps needed to get used to it – not only for barefoot hikers.
However, the view of bare rock walls in different colours and rock types, lightly wooded or snow-covered peaks or deeply cut valleys compensated for this time and again. Brown slate is the distinctive rock in the Gorges de Daluis.
Even on the highest hike at more than 2,000 m altitude (near Allos), the sun accompanied the hiking group at 24 °C air temperature to the Cascades du Chaloudin and other nearby waterfalls and rapids. The activities at less high height took place at up to 32 °C – it was a very successful early summer holiday.
The naturist village offered the opportunity to be nude around the clock - you were among naturists and you had all opportunity to feel comfortable. Only temperatures below 20 °C early in the morning caused some to wear a T-shirt, but soon after the sun won again. The pool and restaurant were in the immediate vicinity, so that everything was set up perfectly for the textile-free enjoyment by all senses.
D · Primeval forest near Birgelen: Walk in May [20 May 2019]
Four of us had registered for Herbert's nude hike in the 'Vulkaneifel' Mountains and were looking forward to be actively nude there again, to see well-known naturists again and to get to know new ones.
However, in view of the forecast of thunderstorms in the hiking area, we decided at short notice, not to take the long drive to get there, and hiked instead in the 'Birgeler Urwald' [en: primeval forest near Birgelen] in the German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette.
This choice gave us pleasant weather in May with sun, weak wind, and air temperature above 20 °C as well as a pleasant refreshing swim in a lake in the primeval forest.
We enjoyed bright green of spring, singing birds, and croaking frogs, as many other hiking and biking people did in the nature park. On the horizon it became sometimes dark, there were probably thunderstorms or rain. The rain did not arrive until we had finished our hike and were on our way home - we had probably made the right choice!
D · Westphalian Beginning of May 2019 [2 May 2019]
4 May: Breakfast buffet and ninepins in the nude [5 May 2019]
20 naturists met at the restaurant Zum neuen Herd for breakfast buffet, for chatting and afterwards for a sporting event on a ninepins alley.
It was still cold outside. Through the windows, we could see bushes, trees and garden umbrellas moved by the cold wind, rain showers enriched the weather spectrum. Even the dog of the house, who was on the way in the yard before, got too much and hid himself.
We gave up our plan to do a short hike of about 10 km afterwards and preferred to continue our conversation with an improvised coffee gossip at a warm oven.
'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate [15 March 2019]
For months now, secondary school students in 90 countries are taking to the street on Fridays instead of at school, to demonstrate for effective action against climate change. Their movement »Fridays for Future« now also calls on parents and grandparents to take part in the demonstrations and has posted demo dates. Get involved against climate change: Go to the demos!
After German polital FDP party leader Lindner rumbled, »that children and young people cannot understand all global interrelations. This would be a subject for professionals«, 12,000 (!) German, Austrian, and Swiss scientists got together to support the demands of the secondary school students in a petition (German TV news broadcasting Tagesschau). The same takes place in other countries of the world: Secondary school students demonstrate and call their parents and grandparents to get on theeir feet and raise their voices, too! Scientists back them up – worldwide!
Meanwhile, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) has presented a draft of a climate protection law that is to oblige all federal ministries to implement effective climate protection measures – otherwise, severe penalties would apply. However, the German CDU/CSU-led ministries for agriculture (Klöckner), economy (Altmaier) and transport (Scheuer) are fiercely defending themselves and prefer to continue on their present path towards climate catastrophe. For this reason, a petition for the planned German climate protection law called for action at www.campact.de (German) – Sign the petition yourself!
Media articles in English:
- 'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate (phys.org)
- Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change (bbc.com)
- Academics back UK schools' climate change strikes (theguardian.com)
- 'Make love, not CO2': Swiss students march for climate action (phys.org)
- Thousands of students skip school to attend strikes for climate action (news.com.au)
- Hundreds of students striking over climate change descend on parliament (theguardian.com)
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