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Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« Last post by yeldew on Today at 12:15:36 AM »

Our colleague Yeldew goes on Naturist Rambler walks a lot.  He lives a bit further south than me has a 1-man camper van (amazing bit of kit!) to do the, somewhat shorter but nevertheless substantial, journeys and overnights and takes it very steady, I think.  But he is lean and fit as a butcher's dog (probably from all the walking).  Quite the opposite to tubby old me.

Thanks for that John!  A fair bit of poetic licence there, I think  :)

In fact, I was pretty unfit over the new year period, having acquired a nasty infection in my leg in November which gave me cellulitis, caused my left leg to swell to twice its normal size, and lost me several weeks of sleepless nights of pain before breaking out into ulcers on my ankle  :'(

I suffered my own ‘lockdown’ from normal life for 4 weeks, having to visit the hospital every day at 10:00 to get a special bottle of antibiotic replaced on a belt around my waist – being attached to a canula in my arm for 24/7 infusion.

The biggest problem was that I was unable to play my normal 3 or 4 games of squash a week, and the resultant lack of fitness had several knock-on effects on what are normally minor ailments, but became less so until I was able to get back on court.

Then just as I felt that I was making headway, all the squash games were stopped for the foreseeable future due to the club having to close for the current lockdown!

I am having to use plenty of walking as the only possible way of keeping my ailments at bay.
So my aim is to walk further each time I go out until I can do around 25 miles at a go.
The problem is that the 13-mile walk that I did yesterday doesn’t work the heart as well as a 40-minute session on court.  There are no hills within allowable travelling distance under the current restrictions where I can get a real work-out.


Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« Last post by BlueTrain on April 05, 2020, 12:06:06 PM »
While I don't go as far from home as I used to, chiefly because I've been keeping driving to a minimum since retiring, I still go through the woods and over the creek every day or two. Here are my general thoughts on knees, ankles and feet and hips, too.

I don't know if joints wear or not, though it seems probable. I doubt the same things happen to everyone. Indeed, at least one person I know, same age as my wife (66, I think), has had hip surgery and she was never much of an outdoor person. My wife, on the other hand, walks much further than I do everyday, though never through the woods (and over the creek), and has never complained about joint pain of any sort. However, it does not follow that staying indoors will give you joint problems.

I do believe that the body ages and may force you to slow down a little. It may be that being a lifelong hiker may keep you in better shape, yet accelerate wear on the weight-bearing joints. That's just a guess, though. What I do know, though, is that I will mostly feel better at the end of a longish hike than at the beginning. But I'm only referring to how my joints feel, not how I feel overall. I get just as tired as I ever have after a few miles in the woods. Anyway, it's as if my joints have to warm up or something. I broke one of my ankles something over twenty years ago and that bothers me sometimes, particularly after sitting for a while. But any discomfort or weakness goes away very quickly, ironically, after walking around a little. I have noted in several photographs over the years how some hikers wear a kind of elastic knee brace.

I recall some comments about older hikers in a book about long distance hiking. One person said they had to start out slow (in the morning) and they never did things like stretching. They were afraid that something might snap. But the same book mentioned that older hikers (this was about hiking the Appalachian Trail) quickly realized that younger hikers didn't like hearing older people complain about their aches and pains. So I guess I'd better stop there.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
« Last post by John P on April 05, 2020, 02:11:46 AM »
It's Wales all right. Notice the bilingual writing on the road!
Free Range Naturism / Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
« Last post by Bob Knows on April 05, 2020, 12:54:27 AM »
Saw this video on Twitter.   Naked drumming on the street corner in Wales.  Good going mate.
Trip reports / Re: 2020 Zipolite #5: Anecdotes #1
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 11:01:28 PM »
Oh! I thought Guano was just bat shit. Merriam-Webster and you have me enlightened. Maybe, I'll go back and change that. Oh. that vocabulary of yours!

So, what does "Green with it!" mean? All I found is a phrase from "Monsters Inc." which s didn't make much sense to me either. is it some kind of, I'm "agreeing" with it, which gets slurred together?

Don't mean guano to me, but I'm guano for brains sometimes.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 10:40:42 PM »
Maybe that's why it isn't farm land? Dang! Is mud like that fun in barefeet? I don't know much about mud. Ponding can hide foot cutting branches. Tough to lie in the sun, well not so tough, but never get clean and explain it the the Mrs.!

So, you got some good weather. I knew that it had to be in there somewhere. :D

Plan B and C, I suppose. Glad that you are out and about.
General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 10:24:15 PM »
Yea, Bob, Let's hope.

The good news is that they are testing it...or planning to test it. ;)
Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 10:13:45 PM »
Bumper sticker, I'd rather be "skinny dipping"?

ONline, perhaps you could start your own hiking club. Try getting with a hiking club and mention free range, or free swimming.

Knees, use it or lose it. May be, ro not your case. I thought that that was just a flare up that you had. Stretching and yoga more specific to knee problems help. massage and care before during and afterwards, rest a day or two. I dunno, but a bad knee will exacerbate other symptoms and slow you down, getting you old and crippled before your time...over time.

Tubby! Shame shame, you just happy! excess weight off of a knee helps. Just thoughts. You've probaly been over them, maybe reminders. I find the idea of a bad knee scary.

But here's a video solution for a vagabond trip down south:

We like to use a tent, although UK conditions are not like our wide open spaces and public lands.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Hiking skirt (and other clothes quick to change out of)
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 04, 2020, 09:57:28 PM »
Thanks, I'm on that lead next week. I'm sure to wear it out.

I notice that the kilts don't get stretched and pulled at the knees and butt as much as pants. Where pants wear out, like cuffs and knees, well, they just don't have those places to wear.They probably do last longer. They don't require as much washing, as the fit isn't so tight and suffocating and rubbing shedding skin and creating perspiration.

Should last years.
Free Range Naturism / Re: Favourite places for free range naturism
« Last post by nuduke on April 04, 2020, 07:23:21 PM »

I just don't believe it!  Got a bit of good weather at last and I hiked out to my local naturist spot with every intention of doing a SN few minutes.  The ditch or drain that separates the 'island' of secluded woodland, surrounded by field drains, was pretty full inhibiting my ingress to the SN spot.  The ground I had been on so far across the fields was pretty well drained but it was all in these channels.  I spent a while looking at the likely crossing points and found one where branches and other woody debris had built up and it afforded, just, a foothold to leap the across the drain.  However, the island was a soggy mess.  Mostly sticky mud underfoot and extremely flooded.   What was a clearing, where I could get undressed and progress out to a rear field, was unreachable as the ground was a series of lakes.  It was very picturesque and slightly mysterious with the green ponds everywhere, but no place for disrobement.  The ground in the thin causeways between pools was thick, soft mud - dangerous and impassable.  I noted quite a lot of deer footprints around the wood, indicating that they visit here often.  Have to look out for ticks.
Hey ho! So another non starter for me for a bit of naked in nature time.  Lets see how the weather develops.
Here are some pictures.  Note the third picture showing my wood from afar and the field drain that runs into it

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