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Could naturism be the answer to body confidence?
Robbie Gauld is softly spoken, and the retired grandfather can often be found exploring walking routes across Scotland.

He has recently returned from a hiking trip in Orkney and is the master of packing light for trips away.

Four T-shirts don’t take up that much space in his camper van, with the added benefit of saving on washing.

Alford naturist Robbie Gauld at home.
Alford naturist Robbie Gauld at home. Kami Thomson

His wardrobe may seem sparse, but Robbie seldom has cause to wear clothes in the first place.

He has been a naturist for decades and seeks out isolated walking routes in a bid to indulge his passion.

From hiking in the buff to pottering around naked at his home in Alford, not wearing any clothes is part of his daily routine.

Robbie is well aware that his hobby is perhaps the last taboo in a society which shares everything online.

From analysing our sex lives to joking about bodily functions, we’ve come a long way from feeling bashful about the human body.

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Source: Press and Journal

Original publication August 4, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 13th August 2019

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Naked Hiking: Why To Do It & How To Do It
There is nothing more freeing than being out in nature. Except, perhaps, being out in nature…completely naked?

This somewhat niche activity encourages hikers to shed their skivvies and experience nature in its purest form, unrestricted by the burden of clothing and peer judgement. What’s more, it has its own informal holiday to celebrate the joys of hiking Adam-and-Eve-style: Naked Hiking Day.

Before I get into details of why you might want to shed your clothes on the trail and how you might best go about it, I was really curious about public attitudes towards nude hiking. So in May 2019 I asked America the following multiple choice question:

June 21st is “Naked Hiking Day”. Which of the following statements best describes your attitude towards naked hiking:

    1. ​It’s fine, I have no problem with it
    2. It should only be allowed in specific places
    3. It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere
    4. It sounds fun!

I polled 1,505 adult Americans between 24th and 27th May 2019 through Google surveys, weighted to account for Age, Gender and Region, with the answers displaying in a random order.

Here’s the result:

The first thing I noticed was, although the least popular option, nearly 15% of Americans think naked hiking sounds fun. That equates to 35 million people!

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Source: Effortless Outdoors

Original publication 17 June 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2nd August 2019

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The trail less covered: International Hike Naked Day on the PCT

To the delight of hikers around the across the globe – and to the surprise of others! – June 21st is Naked Hiking Day.

The summer solstice has been observed for centuries in a variety of ways. However, Naked Hiking Day is a relatively new event. Though – should you be brave enough to approach one – advocates of nude hiking will tell you that it’s been practised since the dawn of time.

The date which falls on the northern hemisphere’s longest day (one presumes for maximum tanning opportunity) is marked by hikers donning their boots, packs and not much else before heading to the hills.

While it’s fairly common in Europe and the United States, the event is thought to have its origins on the Pacific Crest Trail. Known as the PCT for short, the trail stretches 4270 kilometres from the Mexican Border to Canada and generally takes the best part of five months to complete.

As Outside magazine’s Ian Tuttle headed to a portion of the track in California, he observed the track was “swarming” with long distance hikers – walking as nature intended.

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Source: New Zealand Herald

Original publication 27 Jun, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2nd July 2019

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‘Try it for yourself’ – naturist group defend the right to get their kit off in public
Two people have been spotted out for a walk with no clothes on in Lincolnshire this year

A naturist group has defended the right to be nude in public after two sightings of naked ramblers in Lincolnshire.

The Naturist Action Group (NAG) contacted Lincolnshire Live after an article was published about a man spotted walking naked alongside a busy road near Billinghay last month.

This came after another man was seen walking his dog along with River Witham in May this year.

The group explained that they wanted to change the way that naturism was covered in the media.

The Naturist Action Group at a picnic in Hampstead Heath, London
The Naturist Action Group at a picnic in Hampstead Heath, London Naturist Action Group

Duncan Heenan is the leader of the group.

He said: “Naked protests are becoming commonplace, such as the World Naked Bike Ride, which happens in most major cities nowadays, and judging by the almost universal good reactions from bystanders, no one seems to mind.

“However, naturism in city parks is quite likely to take off. In fact, it has already started in London, where the authorities have accepted that naturist use of Hampstead Heath is legal, and naked picnics have taken place with no problems.

“Quite a few cities on the continent have demarcated naturist areas in their parks, so why not here?”

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Source: LincolnshireLive

Original publication 26 JUN 2019

Posted on NatCorn 28th June 2019

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Woman takes up naked hiking as part of her ‘Yes Year’ after a breakup
How do you deal with a breakup?/

Ice cream? Watching horror movies? Writing a list of all the ways your ex was actually human trash? Rachael Fitzpatrick took a different approach – and we’re big fans. After breaking up with the man she planned to marry, she made a resolution: to say ‘yes’ to everything.

Rachael started hiking naked after a breakup
Rachael started hiking naked after a breakup PA Real Life

So began her Yes Year, with the goal of trying new things and taking on any opportunity that came her way. One of those new things was hiking naked. Rachael had hiked before, having gone for long strolls in the outback since childhood, but she usually did it with clothes on. Now she sets off into the wilds every weekend without a scrap of clothing, documenting her naked travels on Instagram.

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Source: Metro

Original publication 22 Jan 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th June 2019

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Dozens march in the buff through San Francisco advocating for public nudity
Three dozen people in the buff paraded around San Francisco on Sunday in the fourth-annual Nude Love Parade, celebrating the human body and protesting the city's nudity ban.

The lively procession began at noon at the Jane Warner Plaza in Castro and continued to Haight and Stanyan in Golden Gate Park. Many held signs with messages supporting nudism such as "Born this way" and "Freedom of choice."

Three dozen people in the buff paraded around San Francisco on March 17, 2019, in the fourth-annual Nude Love Parade, celebrating the the human body and protesting the city's nudity ban.
Three dozen people in the buff paraded around San Francisco on March 17, 2019, in the fourth-annual Nude Love Parade, celebrating the the human body and protesting the city’s nudity ban. A. Graff

Parade organizer and nudist activist Gypsy Taub shouted out over a megaphone: "Don't believe the lie. Your body is beautiful," and "It doesn't matter what size or shape your body is, it doesn't matter what age or gender. Your body was made by God, and God doesn't make mistakes." Along the route, people stood on the sidelines snapping photos on their phones.

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Source: SFGATE

Original publication March 18, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 19th March 2019

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Naked rambler near Lothian nursery sparks fury and bewilderment
A STUNNED passerby told of her shock after spotting a naked man strolling through West Lothian woodland.

The disbelieving dog walker managed to snap a photograph of the unexpected sight as the mystery man brazenly made his way through Invy Park in Livingston yesterday.

She warned others to steer clear of the area and expressed concern at the bizarre behaviour close to Ladywell Nursery and Inveralmond High School.

The man was snapped walking in a patch of woodland in Livingston.
The man was snapped walking in a patch of woodland in Livingston.

“I couldn’t believe it. I am baffled – mentally scarred,” said the mother who took the photograph.

“I walk there regularly with my dogs as do others it’s more the fact school kids use that same track to get to the school wouldn’t want my daughter seeing something like that.”

She said she wanted to “raise awareness” and avoid anyone else inadvertently stumbling across the naked walker.

He was snapped wearing nothing apart from a pair of shoes and socks, with a bag slung over one shoulder.

Bemused posters took to social media to speculate the dark-haired man’s motives for his lack of attire in temperatures of around five degrees. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Scotsman

Original publication 05 March 2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th March 2019

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Natural reflexology of barefoot walking
According to Wikipedia, reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion.

It is not scientifically proven that reflexology is medically useful. A Study by the Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, United Kingdom, emphasized that “the best evidence available to date does not demonstrate convincingly that reflexology is an effective treatment for any medical condition”. However, a study of the University of Songwon In South Korea and one from the University of Minnesota in the United States have demonstrated an improvement in sleep, a reduction in fatigue and an increase in well-being.

An increase in well-being

Just for this increase in well-being, reflexology is proving to be a gentle and effective practice. You can go to a practitioner to massage your feet or hands. There is yet a simple and free practice: walking barefoot.

Barefoot walking, especially on various surfaces, seems to have the virtues of reflexology. Indeed, the latter uses the acupuncture meridians, which are all connected to different organs. By stimulating them, we often experience positive effects. Walking barefoot would therefore have the same effect, pressing these energy zones. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naked and Happy

Original publication May 8, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th May 2018