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D · Nude in research through the world [19 September 2020]

On the banks of the Neye DamMarc lives in Geneva, is currently on a research trip around the world as an author on the subject of nudity and has come across the subject of nude hiking in Germany. Since it is his principle to report from his own experience and feelings, he went on a nude hike with us and talked to the other participants at length and in detail. As one of many episodes, the German practice of nude hiking will be a topic in his book, which is scheduled for publication in 2021 – natury will report.

Encounter on the dam wallThe route, we have chosen for the nude hike, is a circuit around the Nyeye dam, which has been an occasional nude hiking destination for many years, and where you can easily engage in conversation during the hike, because you don't have to concentrate so much on the trail.

The forest's leaf canopy, which thinned out in late summer, let enough sunlight through to warm the air to 23°C, and now and then we could look out over the lake, which lay under a completely cloudless sky. In the "Café an der Neyetalsperre", the nude hiking group (now dressed) took stock of the day's hiking with coffee, cake and ice cream, and at the neighbouring tables encountered again all the hikers, they had encountered previously nude during the hike.

View from the dam wall to the lake

D · Nude hiking on meadow paths in the Eastern Eifel Mountains [14 September 2020]

First fill out ballot papers, then hike in the buff – that was the motto on the second Sunday in September, after Michael had chosen eastern Eifel Mountains as his hiking destination at the end of the summer.

The almost autum-like sun casts long shadows in the late morning at the beginning of the hike – Photo: Bernd
Gallery: Nude on meadow paths

Air temperatures there rose to 26°C, and the undisturbed sunshine caused some of the 18 nude hikers to apply sunscreen despite the advanced summer. Those, who no longer had enough sunscreen for their calves and shins, hid it in knee-length socks to prevent sunburn on lower legs.

Almost the whole time, the hiking group had the Olbrück Castle Keep in view, while hiking between angels and grove through meadows, pastures, fields, and occasionally through a forest. The gently undulating green of the landscape was often interrupted by white patches, which turned out to be cows and led to daring speculations about why cows in the Eifel do not have brown or black patches in their fur. We did not find a conclusive answer.

After the 13 km long slightly mountainous tour had been completed, the "Neue Marhof" in Niederdürenbach, directly adjacent to a well-attended swing golf course, was the hip spot for numerous ice cream scoops, hot coffee, or cool refreshments after the hike.

 

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