German Naturists Pretty Psyched About New Nude Hiking Trail
October 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM
It seems like we're doing a naked travel or nude hiking post every few weeks now, with today's story courtesy of the 11 mile naturist hiking trail opening up in Germany. The eagerly anticipated path goes from Dankerode to the Wippertal dam along the Harz mountain range in central Germany.
Apparently enthusiasts have been lighting up naturist chat rooms over it for months. The Reuters writeup was very specific on this: "Naturist chat rooms."
So scientists believe we started wearing clothes some time between 100,000 and 500,000 years ago. Do you know why our grunting ancestors decided to cover themselves with animal pelts? Because they realized that dirt is dirty. It must have been a radical insight at the time"hey, all this sticky stuff doesn't get on my skin if I cover myself, and I even feel warmer"but nevertheless they were able to apply their chimp-like analytical skills to the problem and crack that nut. Not so much with these hippies.
And don't get us started about the freedom of being able to drop the pretenses of civilization. The idea of covering yourself up to block the elements goes way beyond anything even close human culture. Elephants throw grass on their back to stay comfortable. Rhinos roll around in mud so they don't get sunburned. What's that? These naturists use sunblock? Well that's not very natural.
The only potential redeeming feature here is that giggling 20-somethings might want to see each other naked, boosting local tourism above and beyond the small niche market of devoted naturists. Here we have to be a little blunt: 99% of people on the planet are not genetically blessed in a way that allows them to walk through clouds of dust Pig Pen-like and still look good at the end. It's not like a nude beach where at least people can wash off, and even nude beaches don't tend to bring out models of Olympian physique. Usually the opposite.
[Photo: Alain TANGUY/Wiki Commons]
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