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Free Range Naturism / Solstice hike, Vermont June 21
« on: June 08, 2018, 02:33:14 AM »
On Thursday, 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 have questions, please contact Ed Lamby (

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. Forest Road 10 is certainly passable, 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. That's what I expect to do, but I'm likely to come in well after dark. Have headlamp, will travel.

Naturism & Art / My pal Dave
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:58:49 PM »
Dan and me:

Dave and me:

Free Range Naturism / Hike in southern Vermont, 5-26-18
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:35:20 PM »
Posted on behalf of the organizer:

Ok, Saturday, May 26th, about 11 am, I am doing a Clothing Optional hike in VT that starts at Harriman Reservoir Dam parking, basically across the lake from the Ledges. It is an easy hike, basically walking a closed dirt road along the shore at times. We will be doing lunch at a beach along the way, swimming optional. It is supposed to be a full walk thru so car/s will be on both ends of trail. So pack your own lunch and drinks, water suggested as well.

If interested, please contact me via my email, So far there are 2 to 3 of us with a few more possibly.

Factory Farmed Naturism / Eastern Naturist Gathering, June 27-July 1
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:56:37 AM »
The Naturist Society's Eastern Naturist Gathering will take place at Camp Timber Trails in Tolland, Massachusetts from June 27 to July 1. If you register by April 15, you get a discount, so move quickly! I've signed up, and I'll be doing a talk about naturist hiking, plus a daily walk around the camp grounds, or some such thing. Would anyone from this group like to attend?  Oh, by the way, the campground (which TNS hasn't visited before)  only has a few cabins available for rent, and they all went very quickly. You'll have to plan on tent or RV camping. Food service will be included with registration.

I put this in "Factory farmed" because it's an organized event that takes place at a fixed location, and this section doesn't get much business!

Naturism & Art / Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:59:31 PM »
I got this off a French website and ran it through Google Translate, then I kicked the translation around to get it into better English, except for one sentence which I just can't quite understand. It's worth a quick look at the original though, because there are pictures.

"Nu" ("Naked"), the new French series where everyone is naked.

CAPA has already produced the Braquo or Versailles series, but a completely different costume budget has been allocated to Nu, coming on OCS. A police series, certainly, but also comic and political. And especially a series about futurism (or horror depending on your degree of modesty) that imagines a post-terrorist world in which everyone is obliged to be naked. Its creator, Olivier Fox, a veteran director of "classic" crime series, proposed the project to CAPA, then OCS, a year ago. The filming was completed in October 2017. He told TETU where he got such a plan:

"I had an idea during the period of terrorist attacks in France and our attempts to achieve a feeling of "total security", and I told myself that the only way to check what people were carrying would be that everyone is naked!"

So he imagined the story of a cop who falls into a coma then wakes up in 2026 and discovers that in order to fight against the feeling of insecurity, European governments (with the exception of the English, as Brexit let them avoid it) took a drastic step: the Naked Law. It forces citizens to be naked in public, to ensure complete transparency: no more hidden weapons, explosives, secrets, no more social barriers. For the past 4 years, everyone has been lighter in theory under the banner of "Freedom, Equality, Nudity ...". A paranoid imposition that paradoxically makes people very happy.

Franck, the cop transported in time, will resume service and have to conduct - naked - an investigation around the death of one of the designers of this law of transparency, found dressed in the forest. Franck will then discover that behind the diktat of openness, many lies still hide. We are in a classic crime series, but naked and funny.

One immediately thinks of Ryad Satouf's cinematographic dystopia, Jacky in the Realm of Girls, in which men were subject to the matriarchal power of a society opposite to ours. A reversal of codes so anchored inside us that we can hardly imagine it.

"It will be more like a good big episode of the English series "Black Mirror", in 10 episodes of 26 minutes, says Olivier Fox, libertarian inspired as in the movies of the Larrieu brothers , or even Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" or the film "More" by Schroeder ... "

Naked, yes, all the time, but not about sex (unlike the "Porn" series where sex is the subject, for example)! The goal was to "totally desexualize nudity, the law forbids erections in public for example, like judgments on bodies ... Planning this, I did not want to bring eroticization of the body. No voyeurism. We are like a naturist camp, but not libertine like in Cap D'Agde."

This is what seduced and certainly didn't discourage Satya Dusaugey, the main character (the cop):

"Yes it's naked, unambiguous, but the goal is not to show genitals, that wouldn't last 5 minutes. There is a real scenario, a real story. The director takes this nudity for granted, we hide nothing with flowerpots, but he made tight shots, wide shots, as in a normal movie, with the same techniques as for any film!"

Are some scenes more difficult to shoot?

"Once you get started, you don't think about it. Of course, when you see your colleagues coming, you have two minutes and then you get to work. In the end, I didn't think I was showing myself naked all the time, I found myself beautifully dressed. Genitals in themselves, outside the context, are not very pretty, neither man nor woman. It loses its mystery when it's out in the open."

No false body parts, therefore, in silicones; all bodies will be true in Nu. But behind this, lies, unspoken words: "It's a delirium we all have had, very motivating, to play a hermetic character to this universe and that will end up there, criticizing the society where we seek all the truth, discover that behind the nakedness there is always a lot of corruption " [That last sentence is exactly what Google Translate came up with.]

Making nudity normal is the subject at the center of the film but not the story. It is above all a reflection on exposing oneself, telling the truth, about the power and the meaning one gives to the body and to our liberties. And for Satya Dusaugey, an analysis of our present:

"We are supposedly free with certain laws but we can say much less than before ... sometimes rightly, sometimes accusations fall on you. Do we face a certain loss of freedom? With social networks, information channels, we are in search of controversy, not reflection."

A series much less light than it seems, then ....

"Nu", directed and written by Olivier Fox, co-written with Olivier Duplat and Judith Godinot. Produced by Arnaud Figaret / CAPA Drama. Currently in post-production. Spring 2018 broadcast on OCS.

Free Range Naturism / Naked European Walking Tour 2018
« on: November 25, 2017, 04:25:04 PM »
It's early to be thinking about summer 2018, but the Naked European Walking Tour gets arranged well ahead of time. You probably need to get an application in by Christmas if you want to go. I went on the NEWT2017 trip and I highly recommend it! It's always in Austria, but never the same exact place, so I can't say where it will be; somewhere with good hiking opportunities! But I won't be doing NEWT2108--maybe the year after. Note how inexpensive this is--once you get to the location, it's just 210 euros for everything.

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

Hiking trip organized in Austria during the summer of 2018 from Saturday 28 July 16h00 to Saturday 04 August 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 / Nubanusit Lake, Spoonwood Pond
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:55:29 PM »
The anchor's weighed, and the journey's made!

This was a last voyage on October 27, before cold weather arrives. Another solo excursion, with my single-seat canoe. I have canuded here before, but this time it wasn't warm enough, though I did show how it ought to be done a couple of times.

Nubanusit lake and Spoonwood Pond have an interesting geography. As you can see on the map,  they almost meet at two points. At the northeastern end of Spoonwood, there's actually a dam, where water from Spoonwood pours over into Nubanusit. At the southwestern end, there's a carry trail a couple of hundred yards long (though shown in blue on the map, as though it were a stream!) This makes it possible to do a trip in the form of a loop, down one lake and back through the other.

Here's the map; the squares are 1km, so you can get an idea of the scale. I started where the road passes by the extreme southwest end of Nubanusit Lake.

The launch point, a little private beach with no-trespassing signs, but on a weekday in October I doubt if anyone cared.

Off down the shore of Nubanusit Lake.

Around the point, and facing the sun.

This is the dam where water pours over into Nubanusit Lake.

After hauling the boat onto the dam.

Another view while properly dressed!

Dead leaves in the water, and some which soon will be.

Looking down Spoonwood Pond.

At the start of the carry trail back to Nubanusit.

Again, we can do this in the right costume!

A view down the carry trail.

On the way home, a view of Harrisville, New Hampshire. Yes, sometimes New England really does look that way!

Though Indochina can be hot,
Don't take it as a nudist spot.
Cambodians get filled with rancor
When folk undress while touring Angkor.
You may be warm, but please do not
Remove your clothes at Angkor Wat.

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.

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