Is Naked Hiking a Sport?
This is a story about a naked, German, janitor/activist, Siegfried Grawert, who recently did some jail time for not paying a fine. From Reuters.
A naked German hiker has vowed to carry on rambling in the nude despite spending 10 days in jail for breaking public nudity laws.
Thomas Kranig, a spokesman for the administrative court in Ansbach, said Siegfried Grawert went to jail because he “refused to pay a fine of 500 euros assessed for violating the public nudity code.”
So, I guess it’s supposed to be some kind of unattired civil disobedience, something like that. This is the odd part.
Naked hiking has gained a following since the German Society of Nudists joined the German Sports Association.
Walking around naked is a sport. Who knew? I think of a sport as some type of athletic ability that requires a skill or strength. Walking around naked is just walking around naked.
Nude bathing is accepted and allowed in parts of Germany, especially on designated beaches on the Baltic Sea coast. But naked joggers have been fined in the past for running through forests wearing nothing but socks and shoes.
Oh, so they cheat; socks and shoes. Tell you what, here’s what they ought to do; if someone wants to traipse around the woods or the parkway naked, they should make it a requirement that the athlete be truly naked. Running through the scrub with no socks or shoes, that’s a sport.