Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nude Hiking Banned In Swiss Towns


I wasn't aware that nude hiking was a big thing so to speak, but apparently at least in Switzerland it is the thing to do if you are from Germany and looking for a fun way to spend the weekend. When I think of hiking I must be thinking of an entirely different sport than the Germans. The one I am thinking of requires long hours of walking through terrain that may not be forgiving, may cause you to fall, certainly gets you dirty and often leads to bug or other animal bites. They really want to do that naked? Apparently yes.

Several Swiss Cantons have been named in German nudist magazines as the place to go for naked hiking. Since then, the tiny villages and towns have been swamped with naked Germans wandering around in nothing more than backpacks while singing David Hasselhoff songs.

Although the people in the towns didn't like it, the behavior wasn't illegal until last weekend. Now if you choose to get one with nature it will cost you a $200 fine. It really shouldn't come to that. I am never going to hike anyway, but if I ever had to hike to a bakery or some other motivating pursuit, I sure know I wouldn't want to do it naked. Nude beaches are one thing. Falling down in the woods naked is completely another. That has got to hurt.

15 comments:

mooshki said...

Poison Oak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

figgy said...

Not to mention the dangers of thigh chafe. Ow.

ElsieFire said...

Can you imagine trekking through the forest, having a nice commune with nature, and stumbling across that dude? Seriously, what would you think?? I am ROFLMAO!!

CDAN Mod said...

i LOVE nudists!! btw, i would live outside if it were 100% safe. :(

jax said...

aww bless the Germans. they will do anything naked.

mooshki said...

About once a year I'll see someone nude running around Minnehaha Falls park. I think that may have more to do with certain substances they've inhaled than a desire to commune with nature. Or maybe those are the same thing?

lutefisk said...

We have a family beach set aside for our town. The problem is, it leads right into a nude beach. I haven't figured out why. If you go for a long walk, you pass all of the clothed families, & then stumble upon the naked groups.
It is very strange.

MommaBear said...

"naked Germans wandering around in nothing more than backpacks while singing David Hasselhoff songs"

There is an image I won't get out of my head for a while. Thanks Enty

ardleighstreet said...

Wow! It gives a whole new meaning to the old song "Happy Wanderer".

Is the dude in the pic wearing socks?

What he fears blisters but not Mother Natures creatures crawling up an orifice?

Smart Girl said...

LMFAO!!! That was the funniest post you have ever done ENTY. I almost wet my pants. Germans are bizarre I know I was married to a guy who was raised in Germany. Strangest people on the planet.

noel said...

Yodel lai yodel lai hee hee, yodel lai yodel lai hee hoo...

Sorry- that was in my head while I read this post...

LOL @ David Hassellhoff

aena said...

Heh, love that the naked hikers made it to CDAN! It wasn't actually banned in all of Switzerland, only in the canton that was most affected (Appenzell Innerrhoden, they voted on the cantonal level on Sunday).

The hikers however say that they will continue to hike nude in Appenzell despite the ban, because the ban is unconstitutional anyway (Switzerland allows being naked in public if it's without sexual connotations) and they would apparently be willing to drag it to federal court...yeah, they really really like naked hiking.

abigail7881 said...

It looks like only one sock, so maybe he has something like an ace wrap on his leg/foot.

Unknown said...

i think i can guess at where his other sock is.

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