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Trip reports / Autumn climb of Mt Cardigan
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:24:18 PM »
I did this as a solo trip, as the timing didn't suit any of my hiking friends. I went up the Duke's Ski Trail in order 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.

This is the wreck of an old car, installed here to drive a rope tow for skiing. The apparatus for the tow was still in place, but it didn't seem to be getting any use lately. Maybe it's considered too dangerous these days.

Typical view on the “Duke's Ski Trail”

Change of environment: out of the woods and onto an open rock face.

First view from the mountaintop! The most distant peak I could identify was Mt Mansfield in Vermont, at 75 miles. (Not visible here.)

The fire tower on Cardigan, as seen from Firescrew, a secondary peak.

There has to be a picture like this! But although it was a warm day, there was a strong wind which caused a speedy chill, if one was naturally dressed.

A colorful view during the descent.

A final view, with an arrow pointing to Mt Washington, 55 miles away.

General Naturism Discussion / Dispiriting incident with a member here
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:58:23 AM »
This relates to an incident that took place a week ago, but I've let it rest for a while. As some people know, I went on the Naked European Walking Tour this year (with a pre-trip trip and a post-trip trip also), and I've been posting my photos from that journey in batches in the Trip Reports section here. The week before last, I reached the point in the travelog where I actually got to the NEWT location in Austria.

Last year there was a thread here where we discussed the topic of pictures stolen from Internet sites, usually to be used on people's blogs or on sites like Tumblr, and I made my opinions (negative!) pretty clear there. Our host Stuart made his own contribution to that conversation, and he agreed with me.

So, I posted my first set of pictures from NEWT, and as I did so, it occurred to me that now I was with a mixed group of men and women, my pictures might become more tempting to thieves, because they're basically voyeurs most of the time, primarily interested in pictures of women. So, I added a note about claiming copyright, even though it's not legally necessary (what's yours is yours, and you don't have to tell anyone so). I thought at the time, "Yes, that'll stop them", but at least I did something!

I thought that if (when) my pictures were stolen, they'd end up in some string of Tumblr sites that I'd never hear about, and I wouldn't mind much. What I hadn't expected was that a member here would steal from me for the benefit of his own pathetic blog! But that's what happened, in less than a week. The individual involved was KENSUNWALKER. As is entirely typical, he selected a picture that recognizably had a woman in it, and he gave zero credit to me as photographer, and didn't identify the location or occasion. He also added a title right in the picture, "Freehiking Europe"--to discourage theft, maybe! As far as the lack of information is concerned, that's the way the process has to work, because a thief can't say very much about his merchandise, and certainly won't identify his victim. I posted a fairly caustic response to the picture, and Ken did remove it.

As I said, it's been a week since this occurred and I still don't know what it's reasonable to think about it. My first action was to remove any other pictures that would be tempting to thieves, and in future I'll be selecting pictures to be all male when people are clearly shown. I think this will protect both my friends and myself, because I expect those are the only ones thieves would take, but of course I recognize that with a few days to do their work, Ken and others like him had ample chance to take what they want from the first set. I said in the title that this has been a discouraging experience, and it's put me off sharing photographs on the Internet. But it's probably effective just to say that I'll avoid most pictures of women, and it doesn't distort the overall atmosphere too much, because we guys are usually a pretty large majority anyway (and is that related to the demand for pictures of naked women, one wonders?)

I'd really like to hear what Ken thinks about this incident and how he would explain his policy on obtaining material for his blog. As far as I can tell, it's "I'll take whatever I want from wherever I find it, and I don't care what the owner thinks about it", but maybe he has some other way of describing it. In the message where I asked him to remove the stolen item from his blog, I made sure to include my email address, thinking he might care to apologize, but no such luck. Well, there's the story.

Naturism & Art / Celebrating one's 30th birthday
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:15:59 PM »
By playing the violin while parachuting nude.

Warning, contains blurring. But it's an interesting stunt.

Trip reports / Naked European Walking Tour 2017
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:43:06 AM »
Dan, Ralph and I flew to Europe on Aer Lingus, because they offered a reasonable fare for a multi-city trip, from Boston to London and then back to Boston from Munich. But it meant we had to accept layovers in Dublin both ways.

My copyright 2017. No copying without permission, especially on Tumblr.
This is Dublin airport, where all the planes are green.
And all the signs are in two languages!
Now we're in Bangor, in the Welsh-speaking part of Wales, and look—all the signs are in two languages!
Penny took us out on a stroll to see the totally spurious grave of the faithful dog, Gelert. She photographed the three heroes, bent on glorious deeds! Behind a gate with a salmon motif.
Penny and Chris, our Anglo-American-Welsh hosts. They're friends from NEWT2014.
Next day, we climbed Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. This is a popular route called “The Miners' Path”.
There was a waterfall where Dan showed the first outdoor naturist pose of the trip.
Then the path got steeper, but you can see how busy it was.
When we reached the top, clouds had moved in, obscuring the view, except the view of me.
Our guide Chris decided to go down the mountain on the cog railway, so we had to learn the route.
We took another path down, staying higher on the mountainside. You can see the trail junction uphill from the lake.
It was less busy than the Miners' Path, so some nudity was possible.
That evening, there was time for a walk in the gorge, near Chris' house.
The gorge has a cave with a resident guru.
Next morning, Chris used his well-equipped kitchen to prepare breakfast.
Then he led us on a hike in an area where we could walk in comfort.
However, the path became difficult to follow in high grass and ferns.
The people have moved out and left this place to the sheep.
The path could be a little obscure.
And the map wasn't entirely helpful.
Then we got onto the high moors.
And then back down again. Ignore that nuclear power plant.
On the way home, we stopped at Rhaeadr Ddu, “Black Waterfall”.
A pleasant swim ensued, though the water was cold and the small rocks were unfriendly to feet.
The following day, on our way to the station, Chris took us to Newborough Beach, on the island of Anglesey, with the mountains visible on the mainland.
Then it was back to London for an overnight, and off on Eurostar the next morning. Traveling under the English Channel was an enthralling experience.
We changed trains at Brussels and Cologne. Here's Dan using Deutsche Bahn's wifi as Germany streams past outside.
That night we reached Lucerne in Switzerland, and here we are out on Lake Lucerne the next day. But that's in the next episode.

Trip reports / Catskill waterfalls
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:03:02 AM »
That's the theme of this year's group trip. Awosking Falls is a big tourist site, but Dan, Milt, Sheldon and I found an abandoned powerhouse downstream which was worth a visit.

Free Range Naturism / Congratulations again, Jbeegoode!
« on: July 02, 2017, 07:39:32 AM »
For another article in N magazine. It's about stalking the rare crested saguaro, and meeting cyclists. Very nicely done.

Free Range Naturism / First nude climb of El Capitan
« on: June 14, 2017, 05:39:17 AM »
Definitely not my style of nude recreation, but I admire the people who can do it.

Naturism & Art / After all these years, "Banned in Boston"!
« on: May 07, 2017, 07:22:48 PM »
We've got a little scandal going, concerning nudity in an artistic performance, and it's so much fun!

What seems to have happened is that there's a production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" at Boston Children's Theater, and it involves a nude scene. "There were signs in the theater warning about nudity and a notice on the website that no one under 14 would be admitted" but apparently that wasn't enough for some, and the executive artistic director has been suspended, or fired, it's not clear which.

We don't get nearly enough of this kind of modern drama around here. If only the Watch and Ward Society were still around to make their contribution!

Free Range Naturism / Two nude hikes in Vermont this June
« on: April 27, 2017, 06:24:23 PM »
Two naturist hikes coming up in the month of June:

Sunday June 4, on the Catamount Trail along the east side of Somerset Reservoir in southern Vermont, not far from the Ledges. It will be a one-way hike, about 8 miles long, so we will need to spot cars at the far end, at Grout Pond. We will plan to depart from the Somerset Reservoir parking area (at the southern end of the lake) at 11 a.m. The trail is essentially flat. Bring your lunch. There are several opportunities for skinny-dipping along the way. We will likely need to be clothed for most of the last two miles, near Grout Pond. We expect to arrive at the Grout Pond parking around 5 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, June 3.
Contact Milt,

And of course, on June 21 (that's a Wednesday this year) the Solstice Hike on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail, near Danby. A dip in Little Rock Pond will be possible if the weather favors it. More information later.

General Naturism Discussion / Posters at Zurich nude beach
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:25:12 PM »
It seems possible that I'll be passing through Zurich, Switzerland this summer, so of course I did a search on nude opportunities. I found a reference that started with the discouraging words:

"New warning posters erected in Zurich’s nude bathing zone"

But this is Europe, not America. It goes on to say, "The posters are to alert people that the area is a designated nudist bathing zone as it became apparent that some people were not aware and were being caught off guard." Aren't you glad you don't live in that crazy place?

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Naturism & Art / Might be an interesting movie
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:19:24 PM »

Or maybe they put all the nudity in the movie into the trailer.

Trip reports / The Sudbury and Concord Rivers
« on: April 18, 2017, 09:26:18 PM »
Last week there was a day of temperature over 80, so it was obvious that there had to be a naturist canoe trip! Dan, Dave and I headed out for the Sudbury-Concord River to the northwest of Boston. With a lunch stop, we were on the river about 6 hours.

Sherman's Bridge, on the Sudbury River.   When the water is high, the bridge seems low!    It continues to look low as you get closer.   
Finally you might end up lying flat in the boat.   It was a hot day; soaking one's hat helped.   Dave on the water.   
Lee's Bridge, but don't believe that 1912 date: the bridge was rebuilt in 1999, after it partially collapsed.   Dan and Dave.   Lunch was on the island in Fairhaven Bay, and of course Dan was in the water first.   
Dave had a swim too.   I got in as well, but too fast for the camera to see,.   After lunch, an aquatic stroll through the trees.   
When she saw this picture of one of the bridges, my wife said, “It doesn't look as if you could float a toothpick through there!”   When you get close, there does seem to be more room.   You just have to duck a little.   
This is Old North Bridge, of “Shot heard round the world” fame. (But it's been rebuilt sice 1775.) Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. I've often walked to this spot! The white tube is a receptacle for used fishing line.   A meeting with other boaters. We heard them coming with enough time time get covered.   
Our crew: John in a solo canoe,   Dave in a conventional kayak,   and Dan in a sit-on-top kayak. Away into the blue!

Trip reports / Dan and me in the Fells
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:10:35 AM »
Today was the first day this year that really felt like spring, apart from a couple of freaky days back in February. Dan and I had a plan to do a walk and use the time to discuss our plans for summer excursions, so we strolled a few miles in the urban wild of Middlesex Fells, within walking distance of my home. In spite of the fact that the warm weather brought a fair crowd out, we managed to get our clothes off at Pinnacle Rock (that's the sea you can glimpse in the distance behind me). It's not much next to JBG's Arizona trips, but it's what we can do around here. Then we headed back to my place for tea. I told Dan he was getting his finger over the lens.

Free Range Naturism / Snowshoeing in France
« on: March 31, 2017, 07:53:56 PM »
The page is in French, but there's a short video attached which has hardly any dialog anyway.

This is on the website of APNEL, the "Association for the Promotion of Naturism in Liberty".

Naturism & Art / Censored movie, apologies to everyone
« on: March 26, 2017, 06:11:49 PM »
Obviously, we should apologize to our naturist friends if we show any kind of censored material. But in this case there are features of interest.

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