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General Naturism Discussion / Re: What’s in your Pants?
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:48:05 AM »
Clever title, JBG.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: November 15, 2019, 03:41:47 AM »
Well, not a kilt exactly, but he does have a sarong. Same footwear, though. Three very colourful people in this picture! ("Colourful" because they're all Brits.)

Yes, I take a lot of pictures, so I have one for any topic that comes up.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: November 14, 2019, 05:28:23 PM »
Martin among the Alps!

General Naturism Discussion / Re: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
« on: October 29, 2019, 11:33:41 PM »
Since you've copied over what you wrote on Reddit, I'll copy my reply!

This is an unfortunate situation, but JBG, you have to be aware that lots of workplaces would really frown on anyone looking at nude activities while on a company computer (and that's assuming that there isn't a policy forbidding recreational use of the computers). The poor employee explaining that it was naturism and not pornography might not be listened to or understood! But of course, we want to emphasize that naturism isn't pornography, and not confuse the two. I agree with you that the same label "NSFW" does get applied to sexual and non-sexual nudity, but in this case it might be wiser to accept it.

I don't know what the rule is for linking to naturist sites from Facebook, which doesn't allow nudity on its own pages. I will occasionally put links in Facebook posts, but I say "Contains pictures of non-sexual nudity". NSFW is quicker and easier, though.

Trip reports / Re: Third autumn trip to Mount Cardigan
« on: October 28, 2019, 02:04:52 PM »
Yes Nuduke, it was just a two-man trip. Twice as many people as on my previous climbs there!

It wasn't quite as warm as it would have been a few days earlier, maybe 60F. But the wind on a mountaintop can drive you into clothing at just about any temperature, and this day was mostly calm and sunny. And when we were moving around, nudity was comfortable even when it got late in the day.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Newt 2020 - Naked European Walking Tour
« on: October 22, 2019, 09:55:11 PM »
I won't be attending next year's NEWT, but I highly recommend it for anyone who can get there for a week. It's a unique opportunity to see some gorgeous scenery and meet some gorgeous naturists from around the world!

Introductions / Re: Hello from So TX and NY
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:19:09 AM »
Hello Traveler! Welcome to Freerangenaturism, and I hope you'll be finding a lot to talk about.

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.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Surveillance society
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:47:23 AM »
There was no John Lennon in 1789, and there's no John Lennon now. That's because a certain document from that earlier date said that ordinary citizens need to have weapons available.

You say you want a revolution--well, you know. Who are the people with minds that hate?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Surveillance society
« on: September 23, 2019, 05:27:17 AM »
No no, he's being a rebel. Sticking it to the Man.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Naked Geocaching
« on: September 21, 2019, 06:04:57 AM »
On the recent Naked European Walking Tour, we visited a famous waterfall called the Johannisfall, which you can see in a picture in my trip report. As we were leaving to head back up the trail (a fair climb, as I recall!) one of the other people, German Martin (not English Martin, who's a member here) asked if anyone had a pen. He said that at the last moment, he'd had the idea that there would be a geocache somewhere near the waterfall, and he'd found it, and he wanted to write a note to place in it. I was the one who actually had a pen that Martin could use, and he turned back to leave the note, then caught up with the rest of the group in a few minutes. He could do this easily enough, as he was the youngest person there!

There's a German website that has a lot of naturist hiking stories, and Martin has posted his experiences there. There's also an English version of the site, and what he says about the Johannisfall visit is "When I was just about to make the ascent back from the waterfall, I thought that a geocache would be a natural thing to find there and, as chance would have it, such was the case. So the "Johannes Waterfall" was transformed into a smiley during the golden hour of late afternoon."

Trip reports / Re: Naked European Walking Tour 2019
« on: September 13, 2019, 05:24:37 AM »
You're asking questions which link up with each other. So far the Naked European Walking Tour has always been in Austria, but we did have some talk about whether it should move to Germany or Spain, for reasons which will become clear! There are in fact far more than a dozen people on these trips, typically somewhere around 30. That limits the number of houses that can be found to hold everyone, and because Austria isn't as liberal in its outlook as Germany, not all owners are willing to rent to a nudist group. But there's a particular story here.

My first NEWT trip was in 2014, and the week started off with Richard Foley, who originated the event, having to take his dog to the vet on account of sore feet. So he missed the first day of walking. But he left the instruction with us: “Just don't be naked when you're on a paved road. Anywhere else being nude should be OK.” So off he went, and we started off on our walk, and soon enough we found ourselves on a paved road, and there wasn't much traffic, and someone decided that maybe being naked wouldn't cause any problems. Pretty soon most of the group was naked, and I'm afraid I was one of them. Well, a few cars did pass by, but nothing seemed to be wrong. The trouble didn't arrive until the evening, and then Richard addressed the group much like God spoke to Adam and Eve: “The one thing I told you not to do, you went straight out and did!” Apparently what happened was that someone passing by saw a group of naked people on the road, and called the police. The police didn't find us, but they asked around in the neighborhhod, and they talked to various people and finally located the owner of the house, and the owner talked to Richard. No, there wasn't a police raid (it's not America) but the message got through. It was a little embarrassing, but it seemed to be ended with that one day.

Now forward to 2019. Our organizer was having trouble finding a house to rent, and he had the idea of going back to the place we rented in 2014. And to avoid awkward discussion, he didn't tell the owner that we were a nudist group. Well, the owner got one look at a few of the first people to arrive, and he got pretty annoyed (I got this from hearsay--I wasn't an early arrival). He said, “Oh, you're those people from 5 years ago, the ones who embarrassed me with the town council! Well, I don't want you going naked around the house!” And apparently he also said “I can't control what you do away from the house”, which didn't make much sense since it was behavior away from the house that led to the trouble before, but anyway, he was telling us to behave ourselves on his property. And so that's why Roland, and all the rest of us, wore clothes in the house. And it's also why there was discussion about whether NEWT should happen in some country other than Austria.

Now aren't you glad you asked?

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!


Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: September 03, 2019, 04:24:05 AM »
JBG, that is indeed the spirit that we should all be filled with. I'm not basically as bold as you are, but if I don't expect to get into trouble then I wouldn't hurry to hide behind fabric. Once you get a little used to it, meeting people when you're naked just isn't a big deal any more. But being with friends certainly adds a lot to one's level of courage!

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