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Published:September 23rd, 2009 10:14 EST
Is A Nude Hiking Trail A Good Idea?

Is A Nude Hiking Trail A Good Idea?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"German naturists will soon have their own 18-km (11-mile) long trail for hiking in the nude and some enthusiasts have been trying it out before the official opening next May.

Heinz Ludwig, who runs a nearby campsite, has led the project to create the nudist trail that meanders up and down the Harz mountain range in central Germany, overcoming some local protests by pointing out its potential boost for tourism.

The trail is being marked with special signs warning the uninitiated that they could encounter nude hikers." Reuters

Some young men might read this article and fantasize about running into a posse of naked college cheerleaders on this trail, but it`s mostly middle-aged people who are drawn to the nudist lifestyle. I`d rather encounter Bigfoot on the nudist trail than a bunch of naked old farts.

Hiking in the buff doesn`t make a hell of a lot of sense. I`ve gone hiking a few times and I am always properly attired to protect myself from ticks, poison ivy and other poisonous plants. Hiking in the nude makes about as much sense as playing football with no clothes and no helmet.

The naked hikers should stay in their nudist colony, and not destroy the scenic beauty of the Harz mountain range.