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Trip reports / Re: Nude Across America Pt.11: WNHD Day 1
« on: Today at 12:07:53 AM »
I see Dan has got hairier since NEWT in 2019. Then again, so have I! I’m glad to see he was barefoot. Good to see the two Johns were there as well. Looked like a good trip.

Still cold in May?! Now then, that's really weird.

To be fair, we are used to having to put the central heating on in June in this country. ‘Flaming’ June has aways had a double/contradictory meaning.

However, the cold dry period followed by cool wet period is going on rather..... The warm, sunny days here have been quite sparse. I wonder which June we will get this year?

Today has been dryer (not dry...) so far, so I have at least been out for a walk/run and wild swim. Only got a short shower, although took a little time to warm up when I got home. I am trying to use the conditions to motivate me to sort the house re-decoration, but would rather it was good weather to be in the garden.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 23, 2021, 07:36:04 PM »
Having just read a story on another site of someone stuffing his bag in a hollow tree, and getting back to find it gone, only find it inside his car, I am not convinced that stashing your clothes is safer than leaving inthe car! I have also on a number of occasions had to spend a significant time hunting for my clothes/rucksack when the carefully selected spot turned out not as easy to relocate as I thought! I guess it doesn’t make a lot of difference whether your car is stolen with your clothes inside, or you lose your clothes/car keys (loss of car apart) Either way you are going to get home somehow without clothes.

I more often these days will just walk with a wrap, which I can wrap around a forearm, or stash if I feel like it. I leave the rest of my clothes in the car, or take a small rucksack if extras needed for a longer outing.

Completely unremarkable month so far....
I know how you feel. I have actually had quite a bit of time in the garden, a couple of wild swims combined with runs and a couple of walks - but that has meant braving cooler conditions for much of the time.

Just over two weeks ago I went ski-ing instead on the Lake District hills! Two days, and a first for me ski-ing in England in May. I did manage a skinny dip in Brother’s Water on the way back the first day. The second day was nice enough that it would have been tempting to have a naked ski, but I wasn’t that brave with all the spectators!

This today, I have hardly been out the house, as every time I have looked it has been raining.  :(

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:19:08 AM »
I haven’t been on a run since some time before Christmas. With a thin covering of snow yesterday I went for a ski and  the weather was nice enough that I was almost tempted to do some naked ski-ing, but it was very busy with walkere and cyclists and the ski-ing was limited with many rocks showing through.

Instead, I headed up to a tarn to go ice-skating. I passed several swimmers going the other way in their dryrobes etc and when I got there, there was a small crowd skating. When I got on the ice and skated around, I found there was another group, or rather two groups, of people who were taking it in turn to swim in a couple of ice holes they had cut and various others swimming in the open water at one end. They asked if I wanted to go in, but I thought at first I would leave it until I had finished skating. It can be difficult to get boots on when your feet are cold, and I am not used to wearing anything on my feet.

In the end it was too tempting. I waited until a few of them left and then told one of them that I would have to skinny dip before moving the floating ice plug that they had put back in when I was dithering. They weren’t in the least bit bothered, so I just too off my skates, clothes and slipped in. The water was lovely, feeling almost warmer surrounded by 4 inch thick ice. Getting out was a bit more tricky and require two or three attempts. After failing with the bounce staight out into a seated position (I slipped straight back in) I resorted to the less dignified beached walrus technique and sprawled, rolling naked onto the ice. I dried off, got dressed and put my skates back on, just in time before a friend came over with his camera phone. A few moments earlier, and my exploits would no doubt have been recorded in our next cross-country ski-ing newsletter!

Factory Farmed Naturism / Re: Nude Swim under attack by the prudes
« on: December 22, 2020, 12:15:08 AM »
I thought they still did them but restricted to over 18s only. I remember 2019 Blackpool swim became the target if protests with fascist scum exposing families live in Facebook entering the premises and another one this year in Stoke gave in and banned under 18s after a protest. These places had no problems running events for years and insisted they’d continue until caving into pressure.

They caved in not so much to ‘pressure’ as to threats to their staff. I can understand them taking the safety of their staff seriously, although giving in to these kind of threats is the thin end of the wedge. The nasty bigots are bolstered and move onto their next victim.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Vitamin "D" and Covid-19
« on: July 25, 2020, 04:45:55 PM »
Sorry to hear about your illness, and that you live in a country run by a mad man who seems to want everyone to get it. Hope you recover soon and no lasting effects.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Vitamin "D" and Covid-19
« on: July 24, 2020, 09:22:50 AM »
The association between sunlight, vitamin D and the immune system, particularly regarding viruses, has been known for a considerable time. Sunlight was widely used as part of the treatment in the 1918 flu pandemic and continued to be used until the coming of modern drugs in the second world war.

There were articles about this early in the pandemic and I am currently involved in a Public Health England Covid study looking at the effect of time outdoors and diet on immunity. There has been much evidence coming out of the crisis to show that those reacting badly to Covid have low vit D levels and that those with good vit D levels have not been having bad reactions. This may at least partly ecplain why the BAME community have been suffering particularly under Covid, as they tend to have significantly lower and widely defficient vit D levels. Vit D supplements are not particularly effective, but may have a useful role in winter when we cannot make our own.

But no-one should need to take vitamin D during the summer. We can all make more than enough by getting out in full sunshine regularly, without sunscreen and with sufficient flesh exposed - the more the better, although the period of exposure required is not long, and of course should not risk burning.

The role of vit C I think is rather less clear, but any good diet should maintain healthy vit C levels.

Trip reports / Re: Weaver Canyon
« on: July 23, 2020, 09:13:51 AM »
You have so much interesting land to explore. Thanks for sharing again.

Boots went many years ago, the probable cause of problems to my feet which a podiatrist said was a collapsed metatarsal arch. When he had nothing to explain the cause and I found no benefit from wearing recommended basic orthotic, rather it seemed to prevent my foot from doing anything, I started my journey to becoming a barefooter, at the same time as I started my journey from occasional skinny dipper to naturist.

‘Less is more’ I had read in an aticle in Trail magazine, although they were trying to sell lightweight (but expensive) gear. The phrase stuck, but perhaps not as they intended. Ok, I bought some light summer boots to use instead of my heavy winter boots which I had worn year round - but I didn’t do a lot of summer walking before then. They were, still are (relative to other boots I’ve had) comfortable and light but I quickly moved on to walking sandals. Great in the summer and I started running in them, realising you have to change your gait due to the lack of cushioning.

Then I discovered the original Vibram 5 fingers, which were a revelation, and used them for several years, running and by now, back-up only for walking, as I had discovered the possibilities, delights abd benefits of walking barefoot. But the VFs were a pain to put on when feet cold and wet so I moved on.

I now keep a pair of Sockwa G4 (like water shoes) and some do-it-yourself Xero sandals as backup. The former roll up and go in shorts pockets, the latter are tougher and fit flat in a small pack - but not my favoured for running, especially if muddy.

98% or more of my time is completely barefoot. I used to stub my toes fairly regularly in VFs. That little lump of rubber at the end of each toe was the reason - apparently my brain wasn’t very good at accounting for the extra. When I convinced myself to go entirely naked on my morning runs, my feet toughened up some more and, while I would occasionally catch a toe, when I did it was less of a collision, a lesson to keep the spring in my legs and to stay mindful. I have a slight problem because both little toes are so damaged by shoes so that they curl down permanently, making them prone to being caught and less flexible to impact.

Ok, so the other day I obviously wasn’t so mindful, or just unlucky. I took a chunk out my little toe. There was some blood to begin with but when I got back I just cleaned it up, cut off the thickened skin that had pulled away and put a plaster on. No real damage, although the skin will take some time to thicken again. It’s sensitivity will keep me careful....

Hiking is less of a problem although I occasionally need to resort to backup if I come across a track made with sharp granite chippings, or similar.

Being barefoot is part now of who I am, as is being naked when I can. I am only truly happy when I am fully naked in natural surroundings - and the weather is kind.

Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 28, 2020, 11:16:47 AM »
On re-reading, I see it was the police who used this term, so presumably their shorthand for ‘no aggravating factors’.

I am sure the BN legal team are aware.

There was a rather less helpful article from the Sun the other day, giving police recommendation not to sunbathe in your own garden naked. But a cursory check showed they had just bumped an article from 4 years ago, prior to the new guidance, putting on a new date. But they hadn’t removed a 2016 comment! I remember seeing it at the time.

It is a shame, when the police are mostly following the new guidance (with occasional reminders) that cheap tabloids put back progress with the pubic by putting out misleading information for cheap copy.

Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 28, 2020, 11:00:34 AM »
I'm a bit puzzled why they called the guy a "naturist behaving passively" when he was out walking, but that doesn't affect anything.
In its ‘Recommended Approach to Naturism’, the CPS guidance says “In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of this).”

In ref to other potential offences, gross indecency and public nuisance, it says ‘Nudity in public alone with no aggravating features is very unlikely to amount to this (or any other) offence.’

I was trying to find if ‘passive’ is mentioned in either here or in the College of Police guidelines. However, I suspect ‘passive’ has been used by the BN legal team as something of a short hand to cover the lack of ‘intention’ or ‘aggravating factors’ or as the guidance puts it simply ‘going about their business while naked’.

Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: June 28, 2020, 10:24:13 AM »
It seems mostly a fair, factual article although it does rather give one side by listing all the potential problems while saying nothing of the benefits, or the problems of being clothed that you leave behind.

What I find most worrying is the suggestion of a natural continuum from harmless naked hiker to dangerous exhibitionist, as if the sexual predator is just an extension of the naturist. I have heard of very view sexual predators who hide behind a naturist’s attire, some reasons being obvious. The kind of sexual predator most likely (but still unlikely) to be found when walking, but less likely still on longer trails, is a flasher, who hides behind his clothing, ready to strike! Much more likely in urban parks. Even flashers rarely progress to anything more serious, I understand. But then some do, and they are clearly exhibtionists, and naturists are basically exhibitionists... at least that is what the reader may conclude.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:27:28 AM »
Great, MartinM
....  Is your friend also a naturist or just one of those golden people who accept us for what we are and don’t disapprove?
No, she isn’t, yet....  although she has known about my naturism for some years. She has on occasion skinny-dipped and she actually seemed keen on going to a naturist swim in Wigton - but only changed her mind because of CV-19, just before the lockdown. But on Thursday she came with me to the Lune. She took her swimsuit and wouldn’t initially go naked, but after challenging herself to get in  (she’s not a confident swimmer) and brave the relatively cool water, she joined me as nature intended.

A friend of ours from work who told me last year that he has been skinnydipping with his wife is now also keen to join us for future sessions although again, his wife may be too self-conscious to skinny dip, at least the first time.

I joined a BN group for a wet and windy walk to the Whelpstone from Tosside last weekend. We had two ladies with us, one who is a star convert having discovered naturism 3 years ago from the person she worked with, and demanded to know why he hadn’t told her earlier! She has done several interviews and, on this her first FRN walk, she was leading us confidently up the road, in pouring rain, as we drew to the end of our walk, still naked with several cars passing, although half of them were the same white van going past four times!

To answer your question, I live in Arnside-Silverdale. Naked walking usually means a cycle at least, but early morning when I usually run there is plenty of scope.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 19, 2020, 09:27:14 AM »
This has been my best year for FRN so far. Working from home has given me more time to get in early morning runs and with some of the local woods much quieter because the caravan parks are closed. I have had three walks at the weekend with a friend of mine, although she stays very covered up as light skinned and always wary of the sun, and it had been mostly sunny -but not yesterday, so I didn’t venture out.

I’ve had a couple of skinny dips, one in the sea (at high tide....) just next to the coastal path and another in the Lune, my favourite river for swimming locally, usually combined with a short walk.

So I have been staying naked 98% of the time (2% shopping etc and 99.9% barefoot) and getting around 4 or 5 walks/runs per week. Feeling very healthy, body and mind, although I am mindful that others are not finding life anything like as pleasant with the current situation.

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