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Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Reply #555 on: June 27, 2021, 10:04:40 PM »
By a lake and in it, too today. We decided to do a 5K run at a resort on northern Vermont. Then got a cabin to wait out the rain, then the rain didn't come. Just now taking a break from figuring where to go next where the weather suits my clothes (shoes and hat). It rained during the 5K. Glad that we were acclimated and in a more proper shape for the run, strange terrain (mud and flat slippery rocks, etc.).

The east is very green and there are many many many trees. We aren't used to so much rain...like a duck outta desert.  :o
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« Reply #556 on: July 23, 2021, 07:09:52 AM »
We're back in Tucson, tonight. This thread will resume in the next few days, after I get home to my archives and usual publishing apparatus.

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« Reply #557 on: July 24, 2021, 08:32:06 PM »
NIGHT SKILLS: From  The Secret Naturist Handbook

Going out at night makes a lot of sense for the secret naturist. Not only does it allow you to visit locations that would otherwise be impossible during the day-time, you also don't have to worry about getting too much sun. Something to consider in today's climate of ozone depletion and an ever increasing number of skin problems such as cancer. Many will suggest the whole point of not wearing clothing is to get an all-over tan. I would suggest the whole point is to enjoy being naked outdoors.

At night when its dark, the secret naturist is practically invisible and most, if not all locations that would be impossible for nudity during the daylight hours, are now available. Not only does darkness provide concealment for the secret naturist but few people are about and you get the place to yourself. Locations that are very popular during the day are deserted. Busy picnic spots, acres of popular sandy beaches, miles of forest walks and even main roads are all there for the taking.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of after dark nudity is the silence, broken only by the hoot of an owl or the barking call of a deer. On clear nights, when far from the light pollution of towns, far more stars are visible to the naked eye, you feel totally relaxed and at one with the earth. Try it, it's a great feeling.

Outdoors at night, away from towns, it never really gets totally dark. Light pollution from many miles way will often reflect off an overcast sky providing enough light to see your way and if you pick a night with good moonlight to help see your way, getting about is quite easy.

Taking a torch is always a good idea and I usually carry the Tikka on night outings but try to use it as little as possible. You can often see more without it. Using a torch after dark will also advertise your presence over a considerable distance and someone might come and investigate. Red filters fitted over the lens will also help preserve your night vision.

A few points on night vision. Try and preserve it at all costs. If, after you have been out for more than an hour, your eyes will have adapted as best they can to the lower light levels. As soon as you switch a torch on, no matter how briefly, you will have lost your night vision. You will have regained some within a few minutes but it can take up to 40 minutes for it to be completely restored.

Off centre vision is a trick to help you see better at night. Using this method, you look off to the side of what you want to focus on. It's not a natural way to look at things, so it can take some practice. An exercise you can try is to allow yourself to adjust to the dark, then try staring at something, you will find that you can hardly make it out. Now look off to the side of what your were looking at and you'll notice you see more details on it than what your looking at now.

Just because it's dark, does not mean your will be alone. Many others also enjoy the night. Keep a watch out for other nocturnal wanderers such as poachers, fishermen, dog walkers, naturalists, and of course, other secret naturists!
Even if it's a full moon, walking under a woodland canopy will be very dark indeed and a torch will almost certainly be required. To preserve night vision, keep it low and pointed at your feet and avoid looking at the torch itself. One good tip to see where you are going is to look slightly off-centre from the object you are looking at. It will still be hazy but you will get a general idea of the terrain, enough to see by.

Many people are afraid to be out alone at night but there is nothing in the British countryside to be scared off - just your own imagination - except alien big cats, abduction by hostile aliens and all manner of trolls, goblins and devils. But what are a few evil creatures of the night to a seasoned secret naturist!

When walking late at night, watch and listen for approaching people - you may not see them in the dark if they are not using lights until too late and know where to go to duck out-of-sight if required. You should have already allowed for this during your planning stages of the outing. You should also know the location of obstacles such as fences and ditches.

On the matter of vehicles, it may seem odd but you can actually see better than car drivers - who are restricted to the "island of light" cast by their headlamps. Just so long as you do not get caught in the beam, you should not be seen. And finally, be sure you can find hidden clothing on your return. The spot may look very different in the dark.
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Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Reply #558 on: July 24, 2021, 09:04:06 PM »
Night is beautiful and calm. It is nice to be in public places nude when no one is there to be bothered with. When camping in a designated area, there are sometimes needs in the night and a walk is is order. A clandestine solution, or to the provided urinals, brings one to the darker safer world. I'll often wander away from camp, or others to enjoy the solitude, to watch the stars, or moonlight unencumbered. When everyone is asleep, I can hear any disturbances with clarity, alerted. When DF might join me, we whisper, even though miles from any humans.

We can wonder about public grounds, tour nude in the night.
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« Reply #559 on: July 24, 2021, 09:23:54 PM »
I carry a torch, especially when barefoot. I only use it when I am not sure what I can see. A dark stick could be a snake, a dark rock, a turd, or a hole can all look the same, until illumination. Otherwise, I don't want to be stuck blind to everything else but the beam, or alerting other beings. I want the natural experience and the wider vision of sky, stars, and all of my senses and feelings.

 Another thing that I do, is to walk lifting my knees more and then stepping down. I am less apt to trip on roots, or rocks, etc.

I have only been out in full moon light for as long as an hour. I really can't be sure if I know what Lookee is talking about when he describes "night vision" after such a period. I've sat on porches and mountains for long periods. My night vision kicks in thoroughly in just a few minutes.

 I do know that some people see much better in the night's light than others.
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« Reply #560 on: July 25, 2021, 07:19:48 PM »
Night was my main outdoor nudity back when I was young.
My first outside nude experience was around age 9 or 10 when some friends and I went out to the schoolyard and played naked in the night
My next outside nude experience was around age 12 or 13.  I would sneak out at night and wander naked down the streets a few blocks to the school and back.  We lived in an older neighborhood with grown trees and bushes where I could hide if any vehicles approached. 
Then in college i would leave the dorms and go to Ravenna Park which was about 4 blocks north of the university.  The park had a popular walking/running trail about a mile long.  I would stash my clothes and run naked in the night to the other end and back. 

However, since being a free adult, most of my nudism has been daytime.  One can get hurt in the woods in the dark.   Sometimes I have gone naked in the night in cities when its warm -- both on developed hiking/bicycle trails and on residential streets.  I even got so I ignored the photocell spotlights that many people put on their garages to light their driveways.
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« Reply #561 on: August 02, 2021, 03:33:30 AM »
When I was a teen, we would sneak around the neighborhoods after curfew hours, commando style for fun. Sometimes naked.

In the eighties, once or twice a year I would get friends, usually under the influence, to strip and commando around the neighborhood late at night. It was fun and the most valuable tool was awareness, Each step calculated, and using all senses. It was in my mind risky, risk of humiliation in the back of a police car. Any sound was quite a rush based on fear.
 
Sometimes, we would go down to the border and cross back and forth playing our hand with the Border Patrol. No penalty at that time, but more of a hardball with the big boys.

I did things just for kicks as many young people will through certain ages. I was just talking with a friend at Redington Pass the other day, who was working off the death of a young friend of his daughter's who died for losing during risky play. He asked, "Why do they do that stuff?" "What is up with this frontal lobe thing that teens and older have?" Why do people gamble?

These days, when I put myself in a position that I'm not supposed to be nude in, it is a kind of obstinate rebellion, or because I can and should be. I don't go roaming nude in commando mission fashion. I still have on board many of the tools that I honed back in the day.
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« Reply #562 on: August 04, 2021, 10:22:15 PM »
Observation: From "The Secret Naturist Handbook."

Good observation is a key factor for the secret naturist who is "in- country", be it a secluded hide-a-way or an exposed mountain top. Good observation can also be the key to success for any secret naturist venture. You need to do more than just look. You need to observe properly and take action, if required, on what you see. Professional observers such a police officers see far more in any given situation than does an ordinary bystander. Secret naturists need to observe like policemen. Perhaps it is best to try and illustrate this discipline by example. The first in the countryside and the second in an urban setting.

Suppose you are walking along a secluded woodland walk. What are you looking at? Let's say you are looking at the ground. You see a sweet wrapper. Okay, it tells you someone has passed this way before. Fine, but what else can you gleam from that sweet wrapper? How fresh is it? Is it wet or dry? Suppose there has just been a shower of rain a few minutes before and the wrapper is dry. This might indicate that it was dropped only moments ago and someone might be ahead. A useful fact to be aware of when walking along naked!

In this urban example, let us assume you are out on a naked nocturnal ramble around the town where you live. What are you looking at when you walk along the street? You observe the overall street itself and see no activity or movement, no people and the cars seem empty. You look at the houses for rooms with lights on. Good. But did you notice that a sensor controlled floodlight was on. Had it been activated recently by someone walking past? The room with the light on - the curtain is closed now. Was it open before?

The key to good observation is linking what you see with something else, in the example above, the external light was observed to be on and this is linked to why that is so, who set it off, etc. Another example of an observation link is an open gate. Has it been left open by accident by someone who has just passed through or intentionally by a farmer who is now just round the corner driving a herd of cattle towards you. These are only a few examples of good observation and there are many others.
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« Reply #563 on: August 04, 2021, 10:35:44 PM »
Good trail tracking skills, observing things like broken branches, crushed vegetation, footprints, knowing weather conditions, listening to birds, little observations do make for fewer surprises, but I also just like to be observant like that for fun. It is also an animal life tracking skill. When someone is in the area, or has been, the wildlife may be alerted or spooked. I like pics of wildlife. I like to learn their behaviors. These are natural hunting skills. That is a part of my naturism, experiencing nature naked, primitive and real.

Just wandering around my yard and driveway, I observe. I know people's habits and what creatures may be about, or causing trouble. It helps me get the mail nude, take out the trash, pull up, or out of the drive, when I walk past my visual obstructions, out where I might be seen.
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« Reply #564 on: August 15, 2021, 03:58:32 AM »
Quick Change: From The Secret Naturist Handbook

The ability to get dressed quickly and without panic is a most useful skill for the secret naturist. While in many locations there will be plenty of time for this activity, there will be some locations and circumstances when a fast change will be required. For example, when trying to "bag" a busy hill top trig point when the window of opportunity is short or when there is a need to get dressed in an emergency situation. The key to a fast change is careful selection of clothing, technique, and most of all, practice. The selection of clothing has already been covered in the clothing section.

There are a number of important guidelines to follow to permit a fast change. When removing clothing make sure items are placed in such a way as to be easily reachable and in the order in which it will be put on. Generally, shorts should always be first on to provide decency.

Footwear can be one of the most time consuming items and the best option is to have any item of footwear adjusted so that they are "slip on". Laces should be tied but loose enough to permit this, similarly Velcro straps on sandals should be loose enough to allow them to be slipped off and on. You can also save time by taking footwear off and looking as if you are airing tired feet, when waiting for a window of opportunity to become available.

Practice makes perfect as the saying goes. With practice you should be able to achieve some pretty fast times for getting dressed and undressed, see the chart below for examples. What is very important is not to panic but to move calmly and deliberately and not to get all flustered. And try not to fall over when balancing on one foot trying to put shorts on over your trainers!

It is also worth practising in different environments and during different conditions. Try getting dressed under adverse conditions, say in the dark while standing on a sharp gravel path, during a Force 8 gale and when you only have 30 seconds before a bus load of tourists comes round the corner. See what effect this has on the times established in the calm and comfort of your bedroom.

The times shown in the chart below may seem excessively long. This is because of the additional time taken to place clothing neatly to allow a fast re-dress. For example, shorts are placed so that the front is to the top and t-shirt so that label will be to the back, etc.

Clothing Items         Put On              Take Off

Shorts only                  4 secs                  3 secs
Shorts and t-shirt.          9 secs                  7 secs
Shorts, t-shirt, trainers   11 secs                  8 secs
Jacket, longs, trainers.   15 secs                   12 secs
Shorts, t-shirt, longs, jacket, trainers.   25 secs   16 secs
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« Reply #565 on: August 15, 2021, 05:06:05 AM »
Shorts just are no longer an option for me. They are cumbersome and uncomfortable. They usually get tied up in my shoes whether out on a trail, hassling inside a parked car, or standing next to the car in a parking lot.

Most free range people don't live in the freedom of Great Britain, or Vermont, or of much of Washington state. We must take care not to get caught up in legal issues, or the neighbors, who know your in laws. We must, at times. be careful. It would be a different world if I could just go about naked on a lovely day, the heck with being seen.

A kilt, I have found, is very acceptable, manly outfitting. It is know as an option when hiking, going along with women hiking in skirts. Even the adverts for the thru-hikers show us that. People just don't freak out in America and probably in most of the British Isles. Still there are many bars that I would caution about visiting in a dress.

So I have Velcro wraps around my waist and it is quick. I have gotten it on inside out a time or two. It is quick as can be. I'm practiced at it. Carnuding, it is sometimes just undone and folded off to the side. It looks like a kilt. My sarong is good similarly for the trails. It may give the message, "I'm hiking nude, but I'm mainlining a legal cover. Nearly nobody really  cares, but curiosity when you show up in a sarong. If I can safely get away with it,

Throwing on a shirt at anytime is not an issue. I'm in no hurry. I hike nude and anyone is free to know it.

I saw an expert practiced movement in June when visiting the Ledges with FreewalkerMA and John P. There is an area along the trail where people don't walk nude, so there can be no complaint and no problems with local authority. I respect the local naturist wishes to protect their free territory. Black's Beach has a similar policy about the trail.

So FreewalkerMA demonstrated an excellent coverup. Pulling out his wrap as soon as he saw company, he didn't break stride, looking as if nothing happened, magician-like. His attitude and expression didn't change, no guilt, nothing to alert out of the ordinary. He wrapped quickly and a matter of factually. Just down the trail, out of sight disrobing. If you want to roam about nude, you must be ready to protect yourself and sometimes, who you are with.

I find that a piece of cloth is a positive under my water bottle and camera straps on my shoulder. I'll tuck it in my armpit sometimes to keep my free movement, if I feel the need to possibly coverup, like being too close to a trailhead.

No matter where we live, It is important to keep these skills for when we may be traveling out of our usual territory.
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« Reply #566 on: August 25, 2021, 08:38:05 PM »
Reading Clouds: From "The Secret Naturist Handbook"

Reading Clouds
When studying the weather forecast one of the elements mentioned, though not in all cases, is the amount of cloud cover. Cloud cover is expressed as a percentage, for example, 50% means that clouds obscure half the sky. This is useful to know as the amount of cloud cover can effect what the secret naturist can and cannot do. A few examples.

Thick, dark clouds in the evening will mean it gets dark earlier and there will be no moonlight or even starlight to help you see your way in the dark. It can also be especially dark in woodland at such times as well. The amount of cloud will also govern how quickly it gets cold later in the day as clouds help stop the heat from the sun radiating back into space. Good cloud cover after a hot sunny day can keep evening temperatures much higher than under a clear sky.

Clouds cover also offers some degree of protection from sunburn but should not be relied upon totally as you can still get sunburn through clouds. At the very least the shade offered my clouds on a hot day can be most welcome. Another type of cloud cover, fog or mist also has much to offer the secret naturist. See separate page in contents for more.

One of the most useful tricks is to stop occasionally, long enough to study what the clouds are doing. Notice the direction and speed as this will tell you where the weather is coming from, as well as the colours of the clouds. We all know the dark ones can mean a storm, but the light ones can turn dark very quickly. In the winter, the cloud masses are often so large they cover the sky, therefore you will need to look more for wind and temperature changes.

There are also many different varieties of clouds and each can signify different weather conditions. The following are general examples and should be used only as a guide.

Cirrus
These clouds are the very high clouds that look like thin streaks or curls. They are usually 6 km or more above the earth and are usually a sign of fair weather. In cold climates, however, cirrus clouds that begin to multiply and are accompanied by increasing winds blowing steadily from a northerly direction indicate an oncoming blizzard.

Cumulus
These are fluffy, white, heaped-up clouds. These clouds, which are much lower than cirrus clouds, are often fair weather clouds. They are apt to appear around midday on a sunny day, looking like large cotton balls with flat bottoms. As the day advances, they may become bigger and push higher into the atmosphere. Piling up to appear like a mountain of clouds. These can turn into storm clouds.

Stratus
There is not much precipitation from stratus, because it is a shallow cloud, but may produce slight to moderate drizzle and ice crystals or fine snow in cold weather.

Stratocumulus
A low layered cloud with some observed structure and varying colour. Often stratocumulus is the result of both mixing and low-level instability. A sign of blustery and relatively cool conditions with possible showers or rain or snow but may not reach the ground.

Altostratus
This is a dull, medium level, white or bluish grey cloud. It forms by slow ascent of air over a wide area, especially ahead of a warm front or occlusion where it is often a precursor of rain. Sun may be dimly visible as through ground glass. Often a sign of approaching rain or snow.

Altocumulus
A patchy cloud with a wave-like or dappled appearance. Distinguished from Cirrocumulus by the colour which is grey or blue grey (Cirrocumulus is milky-white). Sometimes referred to as a "Mackerel sky".

Nimbostratus
This is a dark, grey, heavy sheet of cloud from which rain or snow is falling. It appears black from below but as the rain or snow becomes heavier the base may become indistinguishable with just ragged scuds of low fractostratus to be seen. The rain or other precipitation usually lasts for a long time. At a warm front it may continue for several hours, unlike the relatively short, intense rain from showers.

Cumulonimbus
A cloud formation resulting from a cumulus cloud building up, extending to great heights, and forming in the shape of an anvil. You can expect a thunderstorm if this cloud is moving in your direction. May produce very heavy rains, hail, strong winds and even tornadoes.

Cirrostratus
A fairly uniform layer of high stratus clouds that are darker than cirrus clouds. Cirrostratus clouds indicate good weather. A "halo" may appear about the sun or moon due to refraction of light rays in the ice crystals and is often a sign of approaching storms.

Cirrocumulus
A small, white, round cloud at high altitude. Cirrocumulus clouds indicate good weather.


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« Reply #567 on: August 27, 2021, 02:26:04 AM »
It s easier t predict rain out here in the big skies. Mountain canyon may obstruct the view.

There are four things that make this important. One is the potential for a cold muddy rain and flash flooding. Two is the shade that comes from clouds keeping it cooler. Three sometimes overcast will trap heat and humidity in. Four, those cumulus clouds might act like they are protecting from the sun, but my experience sunbathing has shown me that you tan on those partly cloudy days in AND out of the sun. I've been caught with a sunburn more than once, thinking that my main tanning was coming when the clouds passed out into the blue skies.

I usually get the National Weather service site and look at the cloud coverings, trends and predictions, then I start watching for those factors to unfold, or not.

Back east, all of those trees tend to take away a distant look at the cloud activity. Those days of grey overcast also make my judgements more, ah, foggy.
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« Reply #568 on: September 05, 2021, 02:30:20 AM »
Sixth Sense: From the Secret Naturist's Handbook

During my career as a secret naturist, there have been many occasions when something was telling me to cover up, there being a feeling that all was not well up ahead. The times when I have heeded this feeling, I have had contact with people within a few minutes after getting dressed. To test this feeling, on various occasions I decided not to cover up and on one nude walk suddenly encountered a car with two occupants and had no time to dress up or seek cover. From the number of occasions when this has happened I now fully believe that this "sixth sense" is real. It does not matter how it works but the fact that it does is of importance to all secret naturists.

Your sixth sense is difficult to test under normal circumstances, for example, when walking down the street but when you are naked outdoors and your awareness and concentration is in top gear, it just seems to work. However, I'm not going to say that you can just walk naked where you please, relying on your sixth sense to warn of possible contact. You should, in the first instance, always place you trust in knowledge of the location and awareness of the surrounding area. Your skills and knowledge of the many techniques found in this web site, should also be put to good use.

It is difficult to say much about your sixth sense but an example would help to illustrate the point. The first example takes place in an area of coniferous woodland not far from home. I had been out walking naked in the early evening and was on my way back to the car, walking along an old road that was once the coach road between Moffat and Penicuik. As it was late evening, I was confident that there would not be anyone on this part of the trail - at other times I would not risk walking naked here as there would almost certainly be dog walkers about. On the final stretch before the car, I had the feeling that covering up would be a good idea and, without hurrying, I slipped on my shorts, t-shirt and sandals, then continued along the trail. After only a few minutes, an old man with a terrier came into view from behind a slight rise. Had I not dressed he would have certainly seen me naked, as there was no time to cover up to seek a hiding place to let him pass.

The question that comes to mind is what made me feel the need to cover up? My own personal theory is that modern man has lost many of the skills of living in the wild, where a greater awareness of natural world could mean life or death.

 Veterans of jungle warfare often talk of "jungle awareness", a sort of sixth sense that predicts the presence of danger. By being in tune with a dangerous environment, soldiers are much more aware of their senses than when in normal situations. Secret naturists, by placing themselves in a high risk situation, that of being seen naked, can find themselves more in tune with the surrounding area, perhaps subconsciously picking up sounds or even smells, that warn of impending danger.
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« Reply #569 on: September 05, 2021, 08:33:01 AM »
Of course!

There is also the positive, just knowing that things will work out nicely. Ya just kinda Know. Generally, they do anyhow.

If I can hold my hands out behind me and still see them, then there is a great deal of unconscious material out there that is being taken care of for me. People mostly are on autopilot, for example when they drive, the mind goes here and there, the focus isn't always here and now. Then, when something pops up on the radar, the body is reacting before the mind catches up. This is often a part of the sixth sense. There are many unconscious clues out there that are out of mind until it surfaces.

If out and in a heightened state, the awareness level goes up. It can also work against, when fright, and flight start kicking in and imagination gets in the way.

More than once, I have had strong sense of an evil presence, and then a rattlesnake comes out from under something.

We have talked here about the sensitivity going up when nude and then there is an even greater sense because the nude sensitivity is a more natural state, bringing us closer to these extra sensory perceptions.. DF and I get wind energy fields like one gets cold air down a dry stream-bed. It is evident and real and being naturally nude helps achieve awareness of it.

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