Hiking in the Alps, a bit of clothing halps?
Quick quiz: hiking amid the stunning alpine beauty of the Appenzell area of Switzerland would make any nature-lover want to…
b) bounce a hearty yodel from peak to peak.
c) stop on the trail for a fondue feast.
d) strip and expose buck-naked leathery flesh to innocent strangers.
The move is expected to protect would-be naked hikers from some serious injuries. You don’t even want to know where they wore their pedometers.
People raise hands to vote at the annual Landsgemeinde meeting in Appenzell, April 26, 2009. This is one of Switzerland’s two Landsgemeinden, a 700-year tradition of an open-air assembly where citizens can make key political decisions directly by raising their hands.
REUTERS photos by Arnd Wiegmann