I was born in 1947 and have two grown-up children. For me the path to naturism was a long one, as I was influenced, during my childhood, by a rather conservative environment. Thus I followed my parents and considered it very inappropriate that, when it was warm enough, my sister, who was 10 years older than me and at that time at the age of 18, was naked at home. However, my attitude changed quickly – a few years later I started to do the same myself.

One day in 1980, because of my routine of working in the nude on my computer (it wasn't a PC yet but a Tandy TRS 80), a neighbour leaned so far over the balcony balustrade to have a look into my study that she almost fell down 30 feet! She could have had it easier, though – for whenever possible I also used to stay in the nude on my south-west balcony, be it for sunbathing, reading, eating, or gardening (my flower box had a cross-section of 1.5 x 1.5 ft and was suitable for growing unusual vegetables like sorrel – ideal for fish dishes! – that you usually cannot buy in shops or supermarkets).

One of the most beautiful nude bathing experiences happened during my studenthood. We were celebrating the birthday of a fellow student on a very hot summer day, and in the small student flat it was especially hot and humid. Suddenly someone got the idea to drive to a nearby bathing lake to cool off. So, more than twenty of us (ten men and ten women) implemented the idea, and the birthday boy distributed his entire towel supply to his guests. Then we split up into 4 or 5 cars and drove to the quarry pond. Of course, nobody had bathing clothes with them – who would take bathing clothes to a birthday party? Therefore we all took off our clothes and jumped into the cool water in our birthday suit ... We didn't mind the many spectators around us, who were probably all textile wearers, amazed by the bunch of youngsters in the buff. After the bath, the birthday party continued quite romantically on the shore of the lake. It was a wonderful, long evening. This is how naturism works!

For years now, for my swim I go almost exclusively to places where you can recreate without wearing a swimsuit. Swimwear is grotty and absurd: it is like a compulsive corset that is extremely contrary to any idea of ‘feeling good’. Swimwear does not have any use at all: it’s just annoying, and after your swim you will stay wet all over anyway.

Shortly after the turn of the millennium, I started jogging in the buff in the woods around my home, encouraged by Peter Niehenke. This naked jogging went without any problems for a few years, until my knee joints and spinal column signalled me that I should be a little bit more considerate of my increasing age. After a trial hike with Luftikus in the Taunus Mountains, I switched completely to hiking. Since then my knees and spinal column are satisfied again.

However I realised that driving 120 miles round-trip, only for the purpose of one single hike, does not make sense, I instantly started to make naked hiking and biking more popular in nearby areas through my own initiatives: in the Sauerland Mountains, the Münsterland, the Teutoburger Wald Forest, and adjacent areas. And I am still working on it!

Already at my first hike in the Sauerland Mountains there were 20 participants. Some events later even 55 participants registered, and we had to use three parking lots and organise a star hike to the meeting point of the three subgroups before the whole group could continue the hike together. The Sauerland Mountains are of course very popular as a nude hiking area because of the nearby Ruhrgebiet area.

<p>I really hope that reading our website makes you feel like accompanying us on one of our hiking or biking trips – or joining us for another naktivity. If so, then all you need to do is to register, just by clicking on "<a href="/ https://www.natury.de/index.php/de/anmeldung-nackt-event " target="_blank">Count me in!</a>"!</p>
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