Free Range Naturism

Naturism => Free Range Naturism => Topic started by: Karla on August 14, 2013, 08:59:40 PM

Title: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Karla on August 14, 2013, 08:59:40 PM
I thought it would be good to have a thread for people to discuss their favourite places for practising free range naturism so that it could be useful for inspiring others.

For me it's a toss up between skinny dipping in a rock pool or scrambling on all fours up a rocky mountain side. A good rock pool that combines the two is the perfect combination for me.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Georgew1959 on August 15, 2013, 06:37:04 PM
I'd agree with the skinny dipping Karla, especially in small mountain lakes and plunge pools in the rivers, but I don't have the agility for scrambling any longer. I love walking the high ridges naked though. For a favourite place I'd probably go for the Fairy Pools on Skye.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on September 06, 2013, 07:06:03 AM
If free range is defined as any naturism that is not factory farmed, set on a reservation, or very organized and safe, then any place and any thing I do is favored by being naked. I’m nude most of the time, the exception being in public, where it is not approved of, or unlawful with too much risk of arrest. Anything that I do without clothes is augmented, be it driving, any mundane task, gardening, etc. To be nude is to open doors of awareness.

My favorite naturist spots are generally anyplace with water. We live in the southwestern United States, in Arizona, and water is very attractive for desert rats. I first got into naturism in water. The pools and hot springs to be had are usually after a hike and somewhat remote. If not there are too many people around, like many rivers and lakes.  With this in mind, places where we have the least likelihood of others making problems. I would refer to these spots as “wide open spaces.” I go to extremes and 4x4 driving to get away. I love it when I can find myself in a huge paradise and know that it is all to myself and water then is the bonus.
 
I love mountain pools and falls, hot springs. Lake Powell, and farther reaches of Apache Lake are great with a boat. I’m experimenting with river rafts and kayaking to learn to get down protected rivers on two day trips without clothing, or much else.

Water aside, I love nature, and any new terrain and vegetation is attractive. My hiking has lots of stopping to smell the flowers, and photographing wonderment and smiles. I have had great fun searching for, “bagging” crested saguaros in my desert. The desert heat is much less harsh when nude.  I enjoy looking for evidences of ancient Native American lifestyle, around here, these people were kindred naked naturist themselves. When the place has the energy, I meditate, just being, gratitude, and/or that spiritual something.

We are blessed with a variety of natural wonderment where I live, but I also know that there’s no place like home…nude.


Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: ric on September 09, 2013, 11:29:16 PM
i often use local nature reserves which are usually wooded,  the somerset wildlife trust and the woodland trust have several close by, then theres national trust property , really anywhere that allows public access but isnt  used much.   weve also got the levels nearby , a large area of peat moors near sea level with loads of droves to give access to the fields...cos tthe droves are generally  straight and flat you can see anyone coming when theyre still literally miles away
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Davie on September 12, 2013, 06:17:40 PM
If I'm walking naked I like to do so without being constantly worried I'll meet people who will not appreciate my lack of dress. To that end I choose open spaces were I have a good chance of seeing people approaching. I do believe in the maxim that you can't see what there are wearing they can't see what you're not.

The two main areas for me are the Derbyshire Peak District, The Staffordshire Moorlands and the Welsh Berwyns in the Bala area. The latter is a large area of wild moorland rising to a tad over 800 meters. What I like about this area is the fact you can approach from several directions, one being more popular than the others with a small tea shop, but even there it doesn't take long to be on your own. It's high time I paid the area another visit.

Davie  8)
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on December 16, 2014, 06:25:04 PM
I have favorite places I like to go, which I do when I am looking to go on a day hike.

My favorite types of places are any that are quiet, remote and devoid of human traffic, mechanical or otherwise.  Here in the southwest that usually means the desert.

Like Karla, I like rock scrambling, but I have little to no water for skinny dipping.  There are hot springs around but those that are nearby tend to be busy with visitors.  For me, standing alone in the middle of a desert valley with the only companions being those that live there, is remarkable.

If it's possible to be calmed and invigorated at the same time that describes what it feels like for me.

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Bob Knows on June 13, 2015, 04:27:50 PM
This forum gives a warning that this topic hasn't been used in over 120 days, but I'm expecting more traffic now that SNS forums died. 

Since I live out of town my favorite place to go naked in the woods is my own back yard, all 20 acres.  We also have some former railroad grades that were abandoned and have been taken over by the state parks department as trail parks.  I also sometimes range out to wildlife conservation areas around locally.   Let me see if I can add a photo or two on this forum.

Here is my sign on my land notifying neighbors that its clothing optional.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5579/14141566086_4d4e53dc1b.jpg)

This is me mowing my drain field area to keep brush from overrunning the place.  You may notice my driveway going out to the county road where occasional vehicles pass by. 

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8294/7776716734_a3e45b263a.jpg)

This is from a trip to one of the abandoned railroads.  This is near Rock Lake which can be seen in the background here.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8436/7773235244_54f2f2d19f.jpg)
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Karla on June 14, 2015, 10:49:06 AM
This forum gives a warning that this topic hasn't been used in over 120 days, but I'm expecting more traffic now that SNS forums died. 

Looks a great place Bob!

Oh and people shouldn't worry about reviving old threads. I think it's better to re-use old threads where possible, especially on low traffic forums.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nudewalker on June 14, 2015, 04:29:13 PM
Nice area Bob, reminds me of a family farm I had access to for awhile. Once the gas wells started and the pipelines were being built I lost that little piece of naturist heaven. In fact the influx of oil and gas drillers have taken their toll on the roads, streams and of course places to enjoy naked. And Karla; as more of us hang out here I'm sure more old threads will be dug up!
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 01, 2015, 05:26:15 AM
Hmmm... "Free range" naturism... Well that brings up a vision of my former chicken run, organic sustainable mini farm from years ago.... It was a free range area on my property back in the day, and curiously now it is I who is roaming free range in the same space au naturale.  Time has a distinct sense if humor! 

In the wild I prefer natural water and rocky places.  I actually really dislike "club" environments, anything not naturally formed feels very chaotic to me and I get restless.   Tanman and I have been exploring a large lake in Arkansas this past week.  As a geology hobbyist I seek out geologic sites wherever we go.  This is one of our favorite places and we've been coming for four years now and staying about a week.  Water is preferable, ocean, lakes, rivers.  We are fortunate to have many terrains to choose from within a day or two's drive.  Today I scrambled up ancient schist and quartz flows, brittle shale bluffs and sandstone ledges.  I walked along crystal beach and granite pebbles smoothed by eons of waves.  I am like a mountain goat but find aging has out some limitation on my flexibility.

We love the mountains but it is water that draws me the most.  We alternate between ocean bays and lakes mostly. 
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on July 01, 2015, 07:36:39 AM
Lake of the Ozarks, Arkansas, 1985, second ex-wife, temp around 100F and the humidity incredible. We rented a power boat. I had a speedo and a cooler of Heineken, she had a mostly naked pink g-string bikini, and we were off.

Soon naked, we took a tour of the lake. Then, something happened to the power and we stalled in the middle of the lake. A helper stopped by quickly, within minutes. Me sitting in the captain’s chair sliding my suit up my legs, she lying on the deck hiding and scrambling to untangle the mass of strings and tie herself up. I told her that the guy wouldn’t mind. She didn’t get that. I was correct. He didn’t mind the nearly naked swimsuit on her Arizona tanned self, at all. He was very generous and helpful, giving us a tow to his place, until the thing magically started up again, seemingly for no reason.
 
Out on the water, I had consumed my usual quantity of BEER with the usual well controlled effects. It was cool and a glorious escape from the extreme record heatwave. BUT, when I stepped off the boat and the heat hit me again, I was suddenly staggering. By the time I stepped off of the docking area, I was wasted drunk, hit like a sledgehammer. I couldn’t even trust myself to drive! I wasn’t that kind of drinker. I was perplexed, stunned, my “I can handle it” pride in the craft of BEER drinking dashed. We got to the condo and airconditioner and I recovered, once again naked on the bed.

It was something like sitting in a hot tub drinking, I suppose. The lake was fine then, BAM. We did have a wonderful cruise despite the faulty boat…naked.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 01, 2015, 04:33:37 PM
I always enjoy the stories everyone shares here.. er, the new "here..."

Once we made it through monsoons to get here (including swift water rescues and floods) it's been quite pleasant.  We are at lake Ouichita then migrating north to see Larry's family at his ancestral home and lake there.

JBee we spend 99% of the day in the water for precisely those reasons of heat and humidity.  I am sun sensitive unlike my lizard companion, and have to wear a water shirt (Columbia, marine wear) to cover my arms and back, and a bandanna under a hat or fishermans hat.  I can snorkel happily for hours that way.  Other than water keens that's it.  If there are humans nearby I can wear a bathing suit bottom and just button the shirt. At camp its a tank and batik sea turtle sarong which is quite nice for any hint of breeze and comfort. 

We have the kayaks and splurged on a rental pontoon to putter around.  Choose a direction, find an island or cove, choose terrain, go explore.  I float and kayak and climb the cliffs and lizard dives off the hard canopy and lays out in the sun and listens to me giggle about the latest exquisite rock find. I'm a compulsive rock hound, can't help myself.  I've tried 12 steps but there's always another glittering or unusual specimen just at the thirteenth stride.

The heat is hardest at night when the air goes still. We stay outside til almost midnight to let it cool off. We have a shade canopy and our tech gear to enjoy, a  private beach, great sunsets, fabulous view.  We float after dark and watch the moonlight on the lake.  There are lots of birds and an amazing variety of dragon flies to watch.  We leave today to start the northern migration and have had a wonderful excursion with lots of opportunity for naturism.

The BEER is on ice except for morning stout which we sip for breakfast with avocados and sunflower seeds and a little chocolate before the morning paddle.

The first couple of days here I was able to catch some nice waves to yak surf due to boat traffic, making the best of human activity nearby.  The last couple of days has been very pleasant with minimal human contact and variation in weather fronts to give calm and breezy water conditions.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 01, 2015, 04:36:29 PM
Duane, what is bagging a crested saguaro?  Like spotting one?
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on July 01, 2015, 06:15:26 PM
There were 42 crested saguaros documented in my Tortolitas (later that year a dozen perished due to historically low freeze). We took a hiking map and found many of them hiking and photographing them. Like collecting them. They are not next to the trail and are amongst many (it is said that they are one in ten thousand saguaros). I took the term from stories of Karla and Stuart about "bagging Munroes." Thus we bagged several saguaros nude in the desert mountains and made a trip report of it. Kinda geocaching in this instance. I have found one just beginning and previously unknown, up in the Torts. and requested that it be named after DF.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on July 01, 2015, 07:06:37 PM
Quote from: Kayaker
. . . listens to me giggle about the latest exquisite rock find. I'm a compulsive rock hound, can't help myself.

I had this mental image of Lucille Ball in "The Long Trailer". She and hubby (Dezi) were on a road trip with a travel trailer. She had to pick up a rock (most were about the size of a cantaloupe) from every place they visited. Remembering her on the confectioners line, you can imagine the scenes by the end of the trip.

Is it that bad with you?

Quote from: and then
Duane, what is bagging a crested saguaro?  Like spotting one?

Yeah, you got me mixed up with Jbee. the saguaro do not grow up here naturally, too cold in the winter. I've seen saguaro, but never a created one.

Say hi to Larry.
Haaave fun in the Ozarks!

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Hymie on July 01, 2015, 11:42:06 PM
Kayaker,

Did ya'll travel thru Dallas and up I30 on the way to I55 to go to Michigan?
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 02, 2015, 12:21:27 AM
Duane/JBee.. Sorry about that!  I have the recollection you are both in desert lands and thought the cactus trip was under Duanes post.  Actually I had to look it up after JBees additional info above, it sounded so intriguing.   It's really quite interesting.  There are some good photo examples of different plant species showing the growth characteristic.

JBee you and DF could publish your desert photos with some poetry or reflective prose like JBee does here.  I know you'd have an impact on people seeing that landscape for the first time. Have you pursued your writing?   I see there is a society for this and you can name or adopt a cactus.  JBee, you can get one named for DF!

crestedsaguarosociety
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 02, 2015, 12:26:14 AM
I had this mental image of Lucille Ball in "The Long Trailer". She and hubby (Dezi) were on a road trip with a travel trailer. She had to pick up a rock (most were about the size of a cantaloupe) from every place they visited. Remembering her on the confectioners line, you can imagine the scenes by the end of the trip.

Is it that bad with you?
Say hi to Larry.
Haaave fun in the Ozarks!

Duane

I decline to comment on the grounds that it might incriminate me... Let's just say he gives me a quota, and we've been to lots of cool places... Although I find them a bit hard to store in the cheek...that was a funny episode.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Kayaker on July 02, 2015, 12:28:06 AM
Kayaker,

Did ya'll travel thru Dallas and up I30 on the way to I55 to go to Michigan?

Hey Hymie!  We're road doggin it now but up east side of arkansas into Illinois. We'll come back through east Texas.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on July 02, 2015, 01:09:07 AM
Duane/JBee.. Sorry about that!  I have the recollection you are both in desert lands and thought the cactus trip was under Duanes post.  Actually I had to look it up after JBees additional info above, it sounded so intriguing.   It's really quite interesting.  There are some good photo examples of different plant species showing the growth characteristic.

JBee you and DF could publish your desert photos with some poetry or reflective prose like JBee does here.  I know you'd have an impact on people seeing that landscape for the first time. Have you pursued your writing?   I see there is a society for this and you can name or adopt a cactus.  JBee, you can get one named for DF!

crestedsaguarosociety

Crested Saguaro Society! That IS fun. Pinal and Pima County, that's Tortolita. I recognize many of our friends and neighbors in those photos.

The new website will be sort of a naturist Arizona Highways. Two fer one. I'll be re-writing many of the old posts each week.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: reubenT on July 02, 2015, 01:11:35 AM
My own land is my best place to hang out,  not yet an ideal environment for hanging out and enjoying life naked,   but at least it's conveniently located. And improvements are in the works.    We have 80 acres on a mountain side,  another 47 owned by a neighbor behind which I will be developing along with our own for agriculture.   Just need to clear several areas for pasture and food crops,  maybe as much as 20 acres in many small plots scattered all over the 127 acres.   We have 4 springs to get water from,  gravity will take it to a good share of the area.   I plan on building ponds and pools of various kinds for irrigation water storage,   and for cooling off in when it's hot.   Since the time when irrigation is most needed is the time when the springs are the lowest.    And then there are thousands of acres out beyond of timber company land and private land used for timber.   I can roam it all as I desire, which isn't much any more because I find myself pretty busy.     quite a few water falls,  many are fall through spring flow, dry up in summer.    It's limestone karst geology,  lot's of caves and underground drainage.   A significant cave with 246 ft waterfall in it is under our land,  but it's a cave for serious cavers only.  I did a trip in it with a local caver when we first discovered it.    Another favorite hike is down the road about 8 miles,   not a long hike but there's  a number of waterfalls in a row on a creek that's isolated.   No trails to it,   just have to know where to go off through the woods to the right spot to get down the bluff.   Then follow the side creek down to the main creek past several pretty falls,  then up the main creek rock hopping and climbing past several more falls.    The last one has the remains of an old moonshine still beside it.  Then take an old woods road back to the vehicle.  It's a rough but not too long hike.   Not for the faint of heart or frail of limb.    Nice place in spring when the early wild flowers are abundant,  or in hot summer when the water is cool.  But then the side creek is dried up and the main one is low. 

  But right now I'm still working on obtaining the land clearing equipment.  Spent yesterday on that job.        Found a couple trees down across our road this morning,  been cutting them up hauling the firewood to the woodshed, plus a few logs to sell out of them.    Had to get my tractor going,  it ran out of diesel down in the hay field.  Takes a bunch of cranking to get the diesel back through the injector pump.   Took the small generator down to power a couple battery chargers to keep the battery up and crank till it starts.      While down there I picked the summer squash the hunters had planted.  (they aren't around to pick it very often so they tell us to keep it picked)  I could do that naked,   and it was raining most the day anyway so clothing is ill advisable as long as work keeps me warm enough.    I'm just using some synthetic micromesh shorts when out where people are likely to come by.    Been sittin here at the puter wearing nothing but my cheap dollar store magnifying glass eye shields,    it's been getting where I can't focus on things up close any more without them. 
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on July 02, 2015, 02:20:32 AM
I've been to Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. Are they like that?
I believe Mammoth Caves are the largest cave system in the world.

Amazing place.

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: reubenT on July 02, 2015, 11:57:44 PM
Same kind of geology underground.      Nearby are some large caves, a developed cave;  cumberland caverns in Warren Co is 32 miles long, and I think blue springs cave has exceeded that, which is a fairly recently discovered one in White Co. undeveloped.     I've been on wild trips in both caves with the cave club.     Another newly discovered cave that's gained great interest is rumbling falls cave just the other side of the county seat from us.   It has some huge rooms,  the route in is through a hole in the ceiling of the big room.   It takes a long rope to rappel into it.         I've done some caving but it's not my favorite activity.   I'd just as soon stay on top and go ride a horse for pleasure and enjoyment of nature. 
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on July 03, 2015, 03:24:52 AM
Quote from: reubenT
I'd just as soon stay on top and go ride a horse for pleasure and enjoyment of nature.

And where there is sunlight and fresh air.

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nuduke on July 04, 2015, 02:15:51 AM
I love lush green woodland glades. Dappled sunshine on a hot day, soft moss beneath your feet and cool shade in good supply. A cool stream and a swimming pond would be lovely to slip into on a woodland hike on a hot, sultry day; I've never had such a locale to myself...but maybe one day?

John
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nudewalker on July 04, 2015, 03:08:51 PM
John I love the lush woodlands myself and there are enough here to enjoy. The streams here are still running high from all the rain and the only ponds are remnants of strip mining operations from long ago. Swimming could be risky in such man made creations as no one knows what lies beneath the water. I do have access to a few small lakes that were created during the depression as WPA projects and depending on the day some skinny dipping is available. Which brings me to another question. If using a canoe nude is canudeling what would be the naked use of a kayak?
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on July 04, 2015, 04:49:27 PM
CARnuding
caNUDing
kaYAKanuding

They all sound like onomatopoeia from a comic book!

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on July 06, 2015, 09:21:16 PM
CARnuding
caNUDing
kaYAKanuding

They all sound like onomatopoeia from a comic book!

Duane

I prefer:
Canuding
CARnuding
KAYnuding (pronunced Kigh-nuding, unless you're from down south)

Your comment about onomatopoeia brought to mind the sounds one hears during these activities. Many are exclusive to the nude. Wonk,wonk, wonk, or wurrat, wrat as bare butt leap/sticks across vinyl, fiberglass and glossy wood finish. The smork after lifting up and finding same butt fully adhered to the same surfaces. The voice of, sssis, ouh, or ho as one encounters a sun soaked hot surface instead of splashing water on it first, or placing a sitdown towel, or from the chill on the surface at other times. I don't think that those man-made surfaces are ever, "just right." 
Jbee


Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: balead on July 07, 2015, 01:21:45 PM
My favourite places are anywhere in the countryside, easily accessible by bike, where I can sunbathe naked in relative privacy and be able to walk around (preferably barefoot) from there. Having a "base" means that I don't need to carry anything on my walks except perhaps cover up, but not always that - it depends on how confident I feel.

A sunbathing session followed by a walk of up to an hour, followed by a sunbathing session... I can do that all day and not get bored.

I know two such places, both only about a mile from home on the edge of a large town. I don't need any more than that. I don't get bored of the same places because the weather conditions are always different (we rarely get two days alike in the UK) - temperature, humidity, wind speed, make every naked experience at least subtly different.

Does anybody else practise what I will call "base" free range naturism, where they leave and return to the base multiple times throughout the day?

Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nudewalker on July 07, 2015, 02:50:20 PM
There was an abandoned railroad line near here where I was able to bike to an area of an old abandoned surface mine which provided the kind of place which you described Balead. It made a great jumping off point where the bike, clothing and provisions could be hidden and hours spent wandering around the area. Now the place has been taken over by ATV and dirt bike activities, the influx of gas drillers and mountain bikers. Weekdays are the only time any naked wandering or sunning can be done plus the total area has been made smaller by the drilling activity.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: balead on July 07, 2015, 04:08:46 PM
I'm sorry the area has been spoilt nudewalker. One of my places, a small area of scrubland is invaded every winter by conservationists who think it's a good idea to clear bushes. This has made it less private than before, but in summer when the vegetation is at it's maximum, it's still fairly private - as long as there are no sheep there such as this summer. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the wild flowers, so I don't understand why they ever have sheep there in the summer, because guess what - the sheep tend to eat flowers!
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on July 07, 2015, 06:31:23 PM
My favourite places are anywhere in the countryside, easily accessible by bike, where I can sunbathe naked in relative privacy and be able to walk around (preferably barefoot) from there. Having a "base" means that I don't need to carry anything on my walks except perhaps cover up, but not always that - it depends on how confident I feel.

A sunbathing session followed by a walk of up to an hour, followed by a sunbathing session... I can do that all day and not get bored.

I know two such places, both only about a mile from home on the edge of a large town. I don't need any more than that. I don't get bored of the same places because the weather conditions are always different (we rarely get two days alike in the UK) - temperature, humidity, wind speed, make every naked experience at least subtly different.

Does anybody else practice what I will call "base" free range naturism, where they leave and return to the base multiple times throughout the day?
My home is a base to the surrounding desert mountains. I have a property that I must be stealth in until I build a fence. Off property, there is winding nature walk to a large quiet rock. It is about ten/fifteen minutes (haven't worn a watch there yet) and however much baking I want to do. I usually only go there once in a day, however. Also, from home, I can hike for miles nude after leaving the neighborhood.

When we backpack, we will go to a more remote and free base camp and then fan out from there. When we car camp, we hike from that base, or drive to a trailhead, or exploration and the 4x4 becomes the secondary base.
Jbeegoode
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Johnsun on January 29, 2016, 04:09:51 PM
As a newbie on this site, I thought this could be a good thread to make my first "proper" post.  Here goes:

My favourite places for free range naturism for the past few years have been in the hills of southern Spain and also on Spain's volcanic Canary Isles in the Atlantic Ocean off North West Africa. 

It helps that, at least on paper, it is not against Spanish law to be naked in public - also my wife speaks some spanish which could come in handy. This makes it easier to relax and enjoy the experience without needing to be unduly concerned about meeting others on the trail.

Mainland Spain is a spring / summer / autumn (fall) destination for British naturists - just a bit too cold in the winter.  As usual, most stay on the south / east coasts where there are numerous naturist resorts.  But most visitors stay close to the beach and never discover the hills a few miles inland.  Up at about 600m (1000ft) altitude the temperature is just right for nude hiking - low to mid 20's C  (70's F), whereas the coast can become uncomfortably hot - into the 30's C (90's F).

At low altitudes, shade can be hard to come by, with low spiky vegetation (maquis / sage brush), prickly pears and aloes - where these have not been replaced by acres of apartment buildings or golf courses.  Higher up, this gives way to widely spaced Pines, which whistle gently in any kind of breeze and offer a some welcome shade.  Low levels of undergrowth make for easy walking and visibility is good enough to see people approaching in time to assess whether to cover up or not.  Gaining a ridge, you are rewarded with views of higher rockier peaks, villages of white houses with tiled roofs, valleys sometimes flooded for water catchment.  Best of all are the "Natural Parks" - Paraje Natural - where it is possible to walk for miles withoout passing a building and people are heavily outnumbered by free-ranging bell-ringing goats.

Spring is the best time of year for finding flowing streams and maybe a pool for skinny-dipping - and plenty of wild flowers and butterflies by the trail.

Moving a few hundred miles further South to the Canary Isles - these are a year round destination where day length and temperature are pretty constant.  At sea level its a steady 25C (77F) give or take a degree or two.  For free range hiking my favourite island is Tenerife. 

The volcanic peak, Teide, at 3700m (over 12000ft), is sometimes snowcapped.  The huge crater around it is a world heritage site - its multicoloured seas of solidified lava are not to be missed!  This has an altitude averaging 2200m (7200ft) so feels distinctly chilly despite the intense sunlight.  Unfortunately it is always thronging with visitors and this together with its aggressive climate probably rule it out for naturism!

The hardy can hike (nude) up the outside of the crater from the Vilaflor road to the rim (2400m - almost 8000ft).  The wind can be chilly at times, but the sun is strong - you are usually above any coastal cloud at this level.  Your efforts will be rewarded with a stunning view across the crater to the peak 5 miles away!!!  Awesome.

The South West facing slopes of the volcano between 900 and 1200m (3000 to 4000ft) are the best place for free range naturism. They are sparsely clad in Pine and segmented by some quite dramatic volcanic barrancos (canyons).  This zone of the island is known as the Corona Forestal.  Some well marked but little-used trails criss-cross this wild hillside, with views opening up across the ocean to the nearby island of La Gomera (which often sports a cloudy Tam o'Shanter over its laurel-forested summit) to the West. 

The SW coast is where the resorts are, so after a good morning hike it is easy to call at one of the nudist beaches (La Tejita near the airport or La Caletta near Adeje) on your nude drive back to your hotel / apartment.

If anyone else shares my enthusiasm for nude hiking in Spain / Canaries, give me a shout!  Would be great to exchange notes.

I'll try to post a couple of trip reports at some stage.  It has been very interesting reading some of the reports you guys have already posted - especially the ones from stateside.
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on August 05, 2019, 11:36:57 PM
I like working at projects around the house, other's homes helping out, indoors and out. Out gets me sunshine and suntan, and better exercise, and dirt and soil, and wood, and fire, and water.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nuduke on August 10, 2019, 04:06:03 PM

Johnsun
You seem to have found some idyllic haunts to be naked.
Having had a fair few holidays in Spain, (several of them in the same place, less than 1Km from a naturist park of which I was completely unaware!), in Andalucia mainly, I am aware of the terrain you describe so vividly.  At the time I was encumbered by young family and elderly parents and so the opportunity to go off and explore the hills was never there although we did go on car drives and organised trips into the mountains and the pines that you describe.  So I envy your opportunity and intrepidity to get well off the beaten track. 
One question which presents itself - how do you protect yourself from the sun?  When cooler at higher altitudes, I guess the UV levels must be huge and possibly the sun's heat deceptive due to the cooler atmosphere. What precautions do you take if any and are you, as a result, nut brown all over?


Yes!  Please do contribute further trip reports, as you said you might.  We love hearing about our respective adventures! :)
John
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: eyesup on August 14, 2019, 10:38:42 PM
Quote from: nuduke
One question which presents itself - how do you protect yourself from the sun?
When I was at OLT, at approx. 9000 ft. elev., I walked for 3-1/2 hrs. without any UV protection at all. Slight burn but no adverse affects. A lot of this is genetic. I haven’t used any kind of lotion since I was in college and had bought into the whole suntan philosophy and thought a tan was a big deal. Things change. Tempus Fugit!

I don’t use lotions or sunscreens. Too many toxins.

Duane
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on November 15, 2019, 08:15:36 PM
Out on a boat.
The sea and air in all my hairs. Climbing around as boats require unencumbered. The freedom and lack of others nearby. Finding remote private places to land, like beaches. The sense of autonomy and making my own rules.

Negatives. are sitting down on hot sun-soaked vinyl forgetting a towel, or a piece of chrome.

Ah, getting off and into a dip in clear waters. Fishing and not getting scale on crusty clothes.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on March 13, 2020, 09:25:53 AM
I just had the experience of living eleven days in a free environment. It was free ranging, and not really factory farmed. The beach was free and most establishments, but a hundred feet and we were in town on a street and had to dress, except a few places. Dress code was very minimal even there.

I expected a sense of “naked” or discomfort, or unsure at first. I never felt that way. It was very natural and everyone around me seemed to find it not unusual. Accepted and plenty of nude peers all around me made it seem very normal, practical, and sensible to not wear anything. The thrill was gone, as it should be. I sure missed that when I had to get cooped up in clothing again and navigated airports and public tension spots.

Zipolite, as liberated and relaxed as I have ever felt in my nude travels. Life as it should be, where the textile option is an amusing joke to me, but an option and choice none the less.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nuduke on April 04, 2020, 07:23:21 PM

I just don't believe it!  Got a bit of good weather at last and I hiked out to my local naturist spot with every intention of doing a SN few minutes.  The ditch or drain that separates the 'island' of secluded woodland, surrounded by field drains, was pretty full inhibiting my ingress to the SN spot.  The ground I had been on so far across the fields was pretty well drained but it was all in these channels.  I spent a while looking at the likely crossing points and found one where branches and other woody debris had built up and it afforded, just, a foothold to leap the across the drain.  However, the island was a soggy mess.  Mostly sticky mud underfoot and extremely flooded.   What was a clearing, where I could get undressed and progress out to a rear field, was unreachable as the ground was a series of lakes.  It was very picturesque and slightly mysterious with the green ponds everywhere, but no place for disrobement.  The ground in the thin causeways between pools was thick, soft mud - dangerous and impassable.  I noted quite a lot of deer footprints around the wood, indicating that they visit here often.  Have to look out for ticks.
Hey ho! So another non starter for me for a bit of naked in nature time.  Lets see how the weather develops.
Here are some pictures.  Note the third picture showing my wood from afar and the field drain that runs into it
John


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Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 10:40:42 PM
Maybe that's why it isn't farm land? Dang! Is mud like that fun in barefeet? I don't know much about mud. Ponding can hide foot cutting branches. Tough to lie in the sun, well not so tough, but never get clean and explain it the the Mrs.!

So, you got some good weather. I knew that it had to be in there somewhere. :D

Plan B and C, I suppose. Glad that you are out and about.
Jbee
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: Bob Knows on April 05, 2020, 12:54:27 AM
Saw this video on Twitter.   Naked drumming on the street corner in Wales.  Good going mate. 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1246108067940511745
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: John P on April 05, 2020, 02:11:46 AM
It's Wales all right. Notice the bilingual writing on the road!
Title: Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
Post by: nuduke on April 25, 2020, 10:27:16 PM
Maybe that's why it isn't farm land? Dang! Is mud like that fun in barefeet? I don't know much about mud. Ponding can hide foot cutting branches. Tough to lie in the sun, well not so tough, but never get clean and explain it the the Mrs.!
So, you got some good weather. I knew that it had to be in there somewhere. :D
Plan B and C, I suppose. Glad that you are out and about.
Jbee

That water is a) stagnant, b) on top of heavy gloopy clay (that's why it's standing water) and c) as you say harbouring a lot of foot cutting stones, sticks and so on.  So it's really not the stuff you want to wade through however tempting.  It's the same with our local river.  Shallow enough in a lot of places to 'play' in or wild swim, nobody does because it's thick silt at the bottom and you sink in up to your calves, sort of like quicksand.  I have waded in it chest high with waders whilst helping clean up invasive species of plant (Himalayan Balsam) with the local river trust officials.  It was very frightening - we had to wade in pairs and one had to help the other frequently to stay upright and be able to walk.  That's one reason, Jbee, why I am very jealous of all those lovely cool stream you and DF get to find and play in.  Wading our river was fun but not for swimming. 


I haven't been back to the wood yet although I have walked across the other side of the field.  We have been experiencing over a week's dry spell so I guess it will have drained by now.  I'll get out next week if the weather doesn't close in too much and if I have time.  If I have time?  Actually, it's got ridiculously busy this stasis and boring lockdown - well for me it has!  We are having a run of nice weather - see How was your month.
John