Hiking in the Alps, a bit of clothing halps?

April 27, 2009

Quick quiz: hiking amid the stunning alpine beauty of the Appenzell area of Switzerland would make any nature-lover want to…

a) belt out a favorite song from “The Sound of Music.”

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.

I’m afraid the correct reply is the naked hiking thing, which is why this place has just banned the activity, known locally as “Birthdaysuitinfloppinwalkin.”

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.

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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

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Mr Bob,Eeeeeeeeewwwww!

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Thank you Robert, for keeping this one PG rated. I was so scared to scroll down because of what I might find. I am 100% relieved to not find leathery flesh!

Posted by Mary K | Report as abusive

No problem, Mary K. I myself am of Swiss heritage, and I wouldn’t inflict such photos on anybody.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

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