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Trip reports / Third autumn trip to Mount Cardigan
« on: October 19, 2019, 07:09:58 AM »
Just as in 2017 and 2018, I wanted to do an autumn hike up Mt Cardigan in New Hampshire, and this time my friend Dan was able to come along. It's not a huge mountain, but its position means that you get good views (as far as Mt Mansfield, 76 miles away in northern Vermont, which we've also climbed) and this time of year, the valleys are filled with red and orange foliage. And coming down late in the day, you walk in the shade with the sun lighting up the treetops overhead.

We had planned to do this excursion a week earlier, based on a weather forecast of a sunny day in the 60s F, but with 2 days to go the forecast deteriorated badly. We waited for another chance, and found a pretty good forecast (cooler, but sunny) for Tuesday the 15th. This time the weather held up, and even at the top of the mountain, we had near-calm conditions. As before, we went up the Duke's Ski Trail to avoid other people (in which we failed, for the first time ever) and came down another ski trail and met people there too, but there wasn't any trouble. We agreed that it was an excellent day.

At the bottom of the Duke's Trail is a contraption that operated a rope tow on the lower slope. There's an old car there that apparently drove an earlier system via a pulley on a rear wheel, and I'd convinced myself that it was a Volvo, based on the body style. Dan would have none of this: as soon as he saw the engine, he said "That's a flathead V8, so it must be a Ford". So there you have it.

Last year's report, which links to the year before:


Dan carefully examines the old rope tow machinery. You can still turn the wheels.

Then it’s off up the “Duke’s Ski Trail”. It must be something about Dan’s presence, because I’ve never encountered anyone on this trail. We did meet someone going the other way, but we had our wraps handy.

Reaching tree line.

A rest and a chance to admire the view.

Then up over the open rock ledges.

Then lunch, and another rest.

Now we’re on our way down. This bush had incredibly red berries!

The only picture of me (but see last year, and the year before).

A stop at the High Cabin, built way back in 1931.

We discussed renting it for our hiking group. But you do have to climb most of the mountain to get to it.

Back down another ski trail. But we met two people on their way up!

The camera totally failed to capture the effect of the setting sun on the treetops.

Dan gets close to a carpet of red leaves on the ground.

Trip reports / Naked European Walking Tour 2019
« on: September 10, 2019, 03:54:50 AM »
Rather than stretch this out over multiple episodes as I've done before, I'm just posting a selection of pictures in a single group. I hope it's clear that this was another excellent trip!

Nothing very remarkable here, but it was the first time people started getting their clothes off!

That's Martin, our youngest member. Always cheerful! He also likes to say, “It takes an Easterner to get it right!” (Meaning the former East Germany.)

Hans-Juergen demonstrates something I never expected to see again—a guy changing the film in his camera.

This is the place where we undressed as we climbed away from the cafe, and some rude children kept shouting "Hose an! Hose an!" which means "Pants on!" They had loud voices and we heard them for a long time.

Milt likes to slide down snow slopes. He sits on a coat that he probably doesn't use for much else.

Roland explains our next day's hike.

Approaching a cafe where people were sitting outdoors, we put on our most colorful clothes. Notice that English Martin goes barefoot everywhere.

Martin counted us in German and Pascal counted in French. If they hadn't agreed, there would have been a count in English!

Is Jane rubbing Nick's back with snow, or a rock??

At the Johannisfall.

Clarisse came in to find the house full of smoke and a crisis to deal with before she even took her pack off!


General Naturism Discussion / People who've given up washing
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:48:24 PM »
This isn't exactly a naturist topic, but then again, it relates to the way we think of our bodies, and the extent to which we intervene in the way they function. If we don't need to cover them up, then do we need to remove anything from them with hot water and solvents, and what happens if we just let nature deal with our skin? Just as with the microscopic residents of our intestines, it's starting to be apparent that not all bacteria are harmful, and some of them may actually be partners with us. It wasn't so very long ago that people didn't have daily baths, and didn't put many substances on their skin; did that hurt us?

General Naturism Discussion / Skinny-dippin' with St Ethelflaeda!
« on: July 04, 2019, 06:32:05 PM »
It's about the religious figures of early Christian Britain, and how many of them seem to have found connection with the divine by bathing naked in streams and the sea.

General Naturism Discussion / Body painting and ice cream in Germany!
« on: June 26, 2019, 03:23:56 AM »
My German friend Rainer, who was a companion in New Zealand earlier this year, asked me to share this, from his website


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.

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.

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