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Trip reports / Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:20:38 PM »
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?

A couple of pictures of Dan setting up his tent, taken by the light of my headlamp.

Approaching a stream which isn't usually any kind of problem to cross.

Today people had some difficulty.

Dan helped Ed across.

Unfortunately I didn't capture the moment when Richard's stick broke.


Then we climbed up to the ridgetop level through a misty forest.



This is the “Goblin village”, where people have piled up loose rocks.

Richard finds a map of Vermont!

There was extensive mud on the trail.

Ben after he slipped.

Dan D among footprints.

In some places we had to be agile.

Move it, pup!



Little Rock Pond.

Walking beside the lake.

As always, Dan K was first into the water. And I was the only other one who swam!

On the way out, an encounter with the caretaker, who was on the trail with tools. Nudity wasn't a concern.

Finally, in Sal's South, a restaurant in Wallingford. They seated us in the room at the back because we were a large group, but the waitress wouldn't let us get naked. We'll have to work on that.

Trip reports / A couple of short trips
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:04:42 AM »
Last Wednesday I went off to do a solo hike around a reservoir called Dykes Pond in the town of Gloucester, about 25 miles away. Maps show trails around the lake, so I thought it might be a nice walk, and so it was. Signs say "Public drinking water supply" so no legal dip, though. And there were a few mosquitoes, oh well. Then on Friday my wife and I did a couple of hours of canoeing on Hubbard Pond in southern New Hampshire--you can see Mt Monadnock on the skyline in a couple of the pictures. This time there were no restrictions on swimming! The lake is in a state forest there, but we found that there's a youth camp on it, operated by the Audubon Society with some kind of concession arrangement. It was very quiet while we enjoyed the place, and I paddled nude a lot of the time, but judging by the row of canoes neatly arranged by the water, it looked as if the camp was just about to open for the season. No, Kathy and I don't agree on how harmful the sun is.

Free Range Naturism / Nude Hiking Day in Vermont (June 21)
« on: May 25, 2019, 07:32:13 PM »
On Friday, June 21 (the summer solstice, AKA Naked Hiking Day on the Appalachian Trail) there will be a nude hike in central Vermont. The meeting place is at the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail parking area on Forest Road 10 east of Mt Tabor, Vt, at 0900. The group leaves some cars there then takes other cars to the trailhead on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail east of Wallingford VT, because the hike is 10 miles one-way. The hike includes an opportunity for a skinny-dip in the beautiful Little Rock Pond.

If you're a GPS user, the point to aim for is N43.3728, W72.9628. And if you're coming from the east, the best route is probably to cross the Green Mountains on Rte 30, and approach the rendezvous from Rte 7 on the west side. You could drive across the hills on Forest Road 10, but it's a long winding road that'll slow you down.

Some people like to drive up to the start the previous night and camp out. There's a nice campsite about a mile south of Road 10 on the Long Trail, with a shelter (could be occupied, though) and room for tents. I plan to do that, though I'm likely to come in well after dark, with a headlamp.

General Naturism Discussion / Incredibly funny joke
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:10:31 AM »
First nudist: "Have you read Marx?"
Second nudist: "Yes, it's these wicker chairs that do it."

(See how sitting on a towel is for everyone's protection.)

A small Seattle theater called the Pocket Theater had been hosting monthly nude improvisational comedy, but this has now been closed down by the licensing authorities, on the grounds that if the business has a liquor license (as the Pocket Theater does) they can't allow nudity. It's presumably a law intended to prevent strip clubs from functioning. I wonder how the regular press will report this, if they do. Here's the manager's announcement on their Facebook page:

Hello, everyone. I'm sad to report that in compliance with Washington State liquor law, the Pocket is forced to cancel Nudeprov this Sunday as well as all upcoming Nudeprov shows at the Pocket.

It was my understanding that since we did not allow alcoholic beverages into the theater during the performance that we were in compliance with Washington State law, but after a conversation with an enforcement officer this afternoon I have been informed that is not the case. A complaint was filed and we received a verbal warning referencing WAC 314-11-050:

"(1) Licensees may not allow, permit, or encourage employees (including him or herself) to:
(a) Be unclothed or in such attire, costume, or clothing as to expose to view any portion of the breast below the top of the areola or of any portion of the pubic hair, anus, cleft of the buttocks, vulva, or genitals.

(2) Licensees may not allow, permit, or encourage any person (including him or herself) on the licensed premises to:
(a) Perform acts of or acts which simulate, or use artificial devices or inanimate objects which depict;
• The displaying of the pubic hair, anus, vulva, or genitals."

Any venue with a liquor license may not feature nude shows.

All tickets will be refunded this afternoon and I'll follow up over email with each person who purchased a ticket.

I'm sincerely sorry. I feel sad and frustrated at the regressive and arbitrary nature of the law, and frankly that the description of the law is more lewd than Nudeprov ever was. (And even so, it's incredibly puritanical and absurd to prohibit nude performances for consenting adults even if the content is sexual in nature.) You all are wonderful people and it was a pleasure hosting you at the Pocket. I'm working with the producers of the show to find a suitable venue for the future (if you know of ADA accessible venues ranging from 50-150 seats that do NOT have a liquor license please don't hesitate to reach out). Please email me at if you have further questions.

Thank you,
Manager, Pocket Theater

Trip reports / A naturist tour of New Zealand
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:00:38 PM »
I have 1400 pictures from the NZ trip, and even after sifting them down, it's hard to make a selection. So I'm going to follow my past pattern of making up a table of thumbnails with enough comments that hopefully, it's clear what's happening. The crew here were Dan, Milt and myself from the USA, and Rainer from Germany. We met him on the Naked European Walking Tour in 2017. Milt set up the whole trip, renting houses in various places via AirBNB, and planning our destinations from the guidebook NZ Frenzy by Scott Cook.

Pictures are copyright me, except the one by Rainer. No stealing please.

My first sight of my companions together, on a sidewalk in Auckland.

Off to South Island.

And let's rent a car and go shopping!

We're at Te Anau, on a lake of the same name.

A look at the lake, but no swim.

Our first hike!

But this is a little disturbing.

We've only gone a few yards when we see a South Island Robin, the cause of the poisoning campaign.

Next Rainer hurt his foot. Then we arrived at the “walkwire” bridge.

Dan knows no fear!

Milt and I went across, but Rainer elected to stay back.

This is Rainer's picture of me on the way back.

Since we'd split the party, we didn't go far, just enough for a few pictures.

That was easy!

Roadside scenery, and lake Te Anau.

Next day, dubious weather.

We started up the Routeburn Track, one of the famous “Great Walks”.

Pause to fix up Rainer's foot.

Our destination was Key Summit, where we hoped to get a view, and it clearly wasn't going to happen.

We therefore bailed on that route, and shifted over to the path up to Lake Marian instead.

It goes past continuous rapids in the stream.

Someone had to get his clothes off.

It's pretty much a rain forest, and it was pretty much raining in the forest.

Here's the lake.

How cold is it? (As if Dan cares.)

But so many tourists! However, we edged around the rocks on the headland seen in the middle of the picture.

So, we got a swim.

Then, back down the trail.

Another day, and we're on the water taxi across the end of Lake Manapouri.

Different good stuff!

Now Rainer's hurt his other foot.

A gnome.

A different part of a gnome.

Here we are at the top.

Our delays on the trail meant that we only got to enjoy the peak alone for a short while.

The way down led through a lovely forest with wind blowing up the hill and through the trees.

Back to the boat.

That afternoon, there was time for a walk to a different place on Manapouri, after crossing the Waiau River.

This river was filmed as the Anduin in Lord of the Rings.

The lake looked nice, but the bottom was sticky mud.

Good for a rest, though.

General Naturism Discussion / Congratulations Jbeegoode
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:46:43 PM »
On another article in N magazine! (It's on lightweight backpacking, if you don't get the magazine.) Definitely keeping up the theme of "Free Range Naturism".

As it happens, I know one of the other authors, Lee Gregory (though I know him by another name). He used to live in Massachusetts and he's married to a woman who was in my high school homeroom. No, neither of us was the other's secret love! But we remembered each other when we met again 30 years later.

Naturism & Art / Clovis est toujours tout nu
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:31:41 AM »
It means "Clovis is always completely naked". It's a children's book due to be published in Quebec next month.

"Clovis is a boy like any other. Blond like wheat. Curly as a sheep. Funny like a monkey. Mute like a carp. And ... naked as a worm! For some reason as mysterious as weird, Clovis does not like clothes. Except that making a snowman naked is not easy!"

Where we say "Naked as a jaybird", in French they say "Naked as a worm".

Trip reports / New Zealand
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:10:12 AM »
I'm currently in New Zealand with my naturist friends Dan, Milt and Rainer. I won't post a lot while I'm here, because the computer I have is an Android tablet which hasn't got the features I'm used to, but here's a picture to start a thread off. Dan and Rainer are enjoying Wishbone Falls in the Matukituki Valley.

Free Range Naturism / Nakukymppi!
« on: December 25, 2018, 05:34:52 PM »
Nakukymppi is a nude sport event in Finland, held in the municipality of Padasjoki one week before Midsummer every year.

The idea is to run or walk 10 kilometres naked. Participants wear only shoes, socks and headwear. Women wear a top if their breasts are shaking too much. It has been held annually since 2003. It usually draws about 100 to 150 participants, of which one-tenth to one-fifth are women. Even though the event isn't organised by naturists and not only for naturists, half of the participants are naturists.

The event is organized by Mr. Aarne Heino together with local village community.

Free Range Naturism / Naked European Walking Tour 2019
« on: October 27, 2018, 08:35:54 PM »
It's early to be thinking about summer 2019, but the Naked European Walking Tour gets arranged well ahead of time. Registration is already open! I went on the NEWT2017 trip and I highly recommend it; three of us from the New England area are already signed up for next year. It's always in Austria, but never the same exact place, though it's certain to be somewhere with good hiking opportunities. You will be required to get yourself to the nearest railroad station, where you might get picked up by other participants with cars, or you'll be informed about local buses. Note how inexpensive this is--once you get to the location, it's just 210 euros for everything. Languages in the group are mostly English, French and German.

To see what it's like, look at the Naked European Walking Tour 2017 thread in "Trip Reports":

[From the leader]
Hiking trip organized in Austria during the summer of 2019 from Saturday 13 July 16h00 to Saturday 20 July 10h00- thanks to the initiative of Richard Foley who created this gathering over 10 years ago. The accommodation is in a chalet in rooms from 4 to 6 people.
The principle of the group is a multi national composition (eleven different countries in 2017) and family (men, women and children). The hikes are adapted according to the level of the participants. Everyone participates in the life of the group (collective cooking etc.)
The price charged to each participant makes it possible to pay for the hiring of the chalet and the purchases of foodstuffs, hotel taxes, beer and wine: 210 euros for the week.

Information and requests to participate: contact

PS places are limited depending on accommodation capacity.

Trip reports / Mt Cardigan again
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:04:08 PM »
With a weather forecast of around 80F for October 10, I thought another trip to Mt Cardigan would be a good thing to do. (See last year's report, As before, I went up the Duke's Ski Trail, to avoid encounters with other hikers, but came back down the regular trail, assuming that late in the day, nobody would be coming up. This proved to be a successful plan. It was actually a pretty warm climb, and I was exhausted by the time I got to the top, and never recovered for the rest of the walk.

The car thermometer was still saying 75 when I drove off at sunset, so I took the risk of going to a nearby state park on a lake. I thought there might be a closed gate and "No entry" signs, but in fact it was open but unattended, with a few people left on the beach. The last ones obligingly departed as the light faded, and I went back to the car for a towel and had a very pleasant swim. You can't expect warm water in the second week of October, but I thought it was still a delightful swim. Just what a weary body needed!

The pictures are thumbnails.         

At the AMC lodge there was a helicopter picking up supplies to fly up to the high cabin, that they rent to visitors. I remarked to one of the ground crew, “I bet this is costing a bundle”, and he replied, “Oh yes”.

Here's the old Volvo that drove the rope tow. It and I are a year rustier than we were last year.

This is the machinery that pulled the cable. It involved a drive shaft from the car via universal joints, and a lot of V-belts.

Finished the climb up through the woods onto the rocks of Mt Firescrew, and feeling pretty well-worked.

My lunch spot on Firescrew, which is a sub-peak of Cardigan. I could have dined on the main peak, but it was late, and I expected to find people on the summit (which proved to be true) but here I was all alone.

Entering the woods on the way down, enjoying the last mountain view.

This should have shown a magical view of sunlight coming through golden foliage and a carpet of crimson leaves on the ground. But the camera just didn't catch it properly.

My final stop, at Wellington State Park on Newfound Lake. I went hoping to sneak a swim, and succeeded, but that's when the camera battery died.

Trip reports / A couple of days in western MA
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:00:12 PM »
This is basically unchanged from a posting I did on the Northeast Naturist Hiking Enthusiasts group on Facebook, though I only put the first picture there. Sage's Ravine is a large campsite on the Appalachian Trail right at the Connecticut-Massachusetts border.

Ten days ago I did a trip to western Massachusetts, which was designed to get me to a textile group hike on Sept 22, with the Western Massachusetts Hilltown Hikers, who list their events with Facebook. The day before was the Equinox, of course (not astronomically, apparently) and I'd have liked to get to a group "Equinox hike" in New Jersey (I heard later that it got 10 people) but in marginal weather it just seemed too far to go on my own. But I drove out west and walked in to Sage's Ravine, which I'd never been to before, though AT hikers talk about it a lot. It was cool but very humid, and I did do some of the walk nude, though once I hit the AT there were enough other people to make me put my chicken feathers on.

Then that night I camped at Upper Goose Pond (dinner at McD's in Lee, then walked up the trail wearing boots, headlamp and pack in a misty almost-rain) and did the walk the next day. After the walk I stopped off at the Westfield River in Huntington and had a nice little swim, and drove away without putting clothes on. As I drove into Westfield I felt the need to don the feathers again, and a few minutes after that I found myself stopped at a traffic light with a state cop in the adjacent lane. I was glad to be in some plumage then! Here are some pictures by the West Branch of the Westfield River. It has three branches, East, Middle and West, and I've skinny-dipped 'em all! The second picture is me not dressed on my way back to turn off the camera (perched in a tree, but not feathered).

General Naturism Discussion / Now it's bikes in Philadelphia!
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:09:15 AM »
World Naked Bike Ride was there on Sept 8. Maybe it didn't totally change the world, but people seem to have enjoyed it:

I think I know the red-haired guy.

General Naturism Discussion / French bike safety ad
« on: September 02, 2018, 06:23:12 PM »
The headline says "Cycling: a helmet or nothing!" (Which doesn't quite match the concept). And down at the bottom, it says "Protect what's important. Wear a helmet." and at the bottom right, "Move smart: stop sports accidents".

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