7 August 2010
Today I went by train to Austria. It was a pleasant trip and I met some nice people. In Emmerich, just across the Dutch German border I planned to start the trip by train. Due to some work at the track the trains did not run according the schedule, so I decide to drive to Düsseldorf, to catch the train from there. Together with an other victim of Deutshe Bahn (a lady from Holland), we drove to Düsseldorf and had a nice chat about travelling around the world. From there I took the train to Radstadt and had to change in Mannheim, Munich, Salzburg and Bischoffshofen. The trip went quick due to nice accompany from other passengers. The last part was by bus, because of construction work on the track near Radstadt. This bus was fully load with screaming and giggling girls going out. Around 22:00 I reached the b&b and went for a nice sleep.
8 August 2010
After breakfast I took my boots on and grabbed some clothes for a walk. First I head to the centre of Radstadt, where I met some music bands (Garde), to make some traditional music. This weekend was a party weekend, so lot of things to do.
After watching it for a while I decided to climb up the Roßbrand (1770m), via route 462. Since this was my first naked trip in Austria, I was a little insecure and did not know when to start naked. It was a marked track I expected a lot people (having the situation in Holland in my mind), but I was more or less alone. So I dared to took my clothes of and it felt great. I walked up higher and higher. There were some clouds but it was warm enough to be naked, because there was no wind. I went through the foggy part and finally I met the sun! In the meantime a man was climbing up and I spotted him. I got a little scared wrapped my pareo and waited a while. During the climb I passed a well with nice cold water.
At the well
9 August 2010
Just when I finished breakfast I was picked up by Miguel from Venezuela. Together we went to the railway station where we should meet. We were the first ones and after a while I spotted two persons behind a car packing their backpacks. The girl was waving, so I went there. These two were Anniki from Germany and her boyfriend Connor from Ireland. Both of them were the reporters joining the group. A little later Richard from the UK (living in Germany and the guy who organized the NEWT) showed up with his Border Colly Polly (including a dog rucksack). Number six was Robert from Germany and finally as number seven Brian from the UK arrived.
10 August 2010
A sunny day! We woke up at around 7 AM and it was comfy enough to be naked.
After having breakfast we broke up the camp and started to ascend again to the height of the farm of the “angry farmer”. On the way up, we met the German again and they invited us for a coffee and a fresh milk at the Labeneckalm. They were very open minded and did have no problem with our nudity. It was quite funny. A group of naked men on a coffee break.
After making some pics, we went up to the summit of this day. Via Hinteres Labeneck (1986 m), we reached via a steep trail the base of the Stirmskogel.
11 August 2010
Another nice day and warm enough to start it naked. There was no rain during the night and we could easily break up our camp. In the meantime Anniki interviewed us all separately and Connor took pictures.
The plan was to go to the Tauernkarleitenalm for breakfast. There Anniki and Connor planned to leave the group for some nice days of relaxing.
We reached the alm via Leckriedl and Stubhöhe. At the Tauernkarleitenalm we had a (dressed) fantastic breakfast with fresh cheese and bread.
The kids entertained us with their accordions. Nice Alp music in a fantastic scenery. After meal it was time to say goodbye to Anniki and Connor. The rest of the group decided to go to the Südwienerhütte, where it was possible to sleep. The question was which way. Via the steep route over Bärenstaffl or via the valley. We choose the last option. In the valley Robert hide a part of his luggage in a declined hut (tent, mattress and sleeping bag). In the afternoon we reached the Südwienerhütte and booked a bed in the dormitory.
We climbed naked up the mountain and signed the book on the summit as well. Some dark clouds came over, but it stayed dry and no thunderstorm came. From there we decided to go to the neighbouring mountain Spazeck (2065m), since we were close and it was not a big climb.
Once on the Spazeck we were happy that we did not cross via Bärenstaffl. The track was very steep! Back in the hut we had a nice dinner and some beers and a good sleep in the dormitory.
12 August 2010
Today we had to say goodbye to Robert. He had to back to Munich, where he had a birthday party. After breakfast he left with the owner of the hut to the valley.
The rest decide to go to the Hengst (2016m) on the south side of the hut. The track was nice, but once up it became windy and a little cloudy. The panorama was fantastic and we had a great view on the Pleisingkeil. It was all above the tree line, so the wind was strong. Anyhow we stayed naked and Miguel was just wearing his gloves.
For a while I also had to wear my wind stopper. During the trip it became a little warmer, so I was able to go on naked again. We had a lunch close to the Wildsee, a little lake in between the mountains. Fantastic view and fantastic flowers!
13 August 2010
The schnapps of yesterday were too many for me and I did not feel well. After breakfast I decided to go back to Radstadt and walked downhill naked. First I had the plan to walk back, but since I did not feel very well and the workers in the wood were not sure if the road on the map was still existing, I walked down to the Gnadenbrücke to take the bus to Radstadt. On the track I spotted a deer, which was looking at me, but I was too late to make a picture. Once back in Radstadt I walked to my b&b and had some rest. In the afternoon I went some souvenir shopping and had a quick snack at night. To finish the trip I had the plan to join the tour of the “Story teller”, but since it start raining I decided to go to sleep.
14 August 2010
Back home to Holland. At 8:26 AM my train left Radstadt for Munich. Here I changed trains and continued to Düsseldorf, where I found my car again for a trip back to Alkmaar, where I arrived around 8 PM.
The trip was a fantastic experience and a I’m very happy that I decided to sign up. The group was also very nice and very diverse, but with one passion, being naked. I want to thank Richard for his job and the opportunity he gives to us to make such an experience. I would say: go on and up to NEWT2011!
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