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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #45 on: November 23, 2009, 02:19:29 am »
So! Here we are, as a few fellow forumers might have seen here on Toddo's "What To Do?" post, in my complete usual obliviousness I just realized a few hours ago that Stuart and Karla were indeed the famous Naked Munros

Wow, we're still remembered? the sites been down for a while now, its nice to know people still remember us. Where did you hear about us?
I'm not sure, I think it may have been on the Frenchie naturist website "VivreNu" but I can't seem to find the article back...

Ah, I found a forum post about it, I think it's how I first read about your expeditions! ^^
http://www.vivrenu.com/viewtopicH.php?topic=6522&forum=115

(Obviously, it's all in French, the guy presented your story in quite a suspenseful way :D )

My English needs exercising and I have some time to kill, so I proposed to do my best to translate said post from French to English... Here we go!


Original poster: "Jefferson" on vivrenu.com
Original post: Une extraordinaire collection
Wannabe translator: Sik ^^


Quote from: Jefferson
"An extraordinary collection"

Really, some surprising things happend in the North.  As if the harsh climate stimulated imagination.. As if, to compensate, one had to innovate, move, create, invent.

I'd like to tell you soon about two people, in a country often drown into the mist, who decided to make a most unusual collection.  It doesn't concern keychains, nor ashtrays (do they even smoke?), nor miniature cars, nor airline companies throw-up bags (Yes, some people actually collect that, I know some of them).  They are no philatelists, nor numismatists, nor "odolaphils" (collecting perfumes).  They are... they are... but, does their collection even have a name ?...
;)

Then follow a few posts of other forumers ranting to know what this post is all about... :P

Jefferson continues in his mysterious tone:

Quote from: Jefferson
It is so new, this collection doesn't even have a name.  It is said that collectors give voice to their attachment to the past... Yet, in the infernal Time and Space couple, it is not about the hourglass here.
It is rather about the compass.

Winds and mists
In the far North of Northern islands, imagine a land made of sea and mountains, of shiny lakes and leaping torrents, of winds and mists.  During the Winters, its storms are frightful, its Summers are brief and bright.  When it is fair, rarely, all is blue... and green.
Its inhabitants were once as fearsome that it then seemed like a good idea to raise wall to separate them from the South.  But to no avail : fearsome, they still are as, even dead, they come frighten good people at night...
It doesn't prevent the livings of nowadays to be sympathetic and original : There, men, often bearded, wear skirts and don't complain about coldness.  It must be said that the strong alcohol they drink on a regular basis (not all of them, nor all the time, but still...) warm them up better than the peat they extract from their fields.  We are in Scotland, land of legends, castles, and of the Loch Ness monster...

Names of cartoons.
Lakes by hundreds, mountains by thousands.  Taken by a scientific fever, some specialists classified them, with picturesque cartoonish names : the lowest, which include the Corbetts, the Grahams, and in the South of the country the Donalds; and the highest which call themselves the Munros.  It was decided that so would be called all the hills superior to 914.4 meters.  The Munros are the most beautiful, the most impressive.
Funny altitude, it's because we are in Great Britain where they have been counting in feets for ages.  914.4 meters, it's 3000 feet and counting in feet while walking, what could be more natural!?
Do you really want to know who are those two characters?

Quote from: Jefferson
Do you know where does the name of those mountains, the Munros, come from? If you give me the right answer, I'll tell you the sequel of this journey...


There's more to come, but it's getting quite late here (note that the original poster, nicknamed "Jefferson", also made his readers wait quite a bit, I'll try not to be too long  :786).  I hope the translation is mostly correct, I'd be glad to apply any correction needed ;)

Edit: by the way.... LONG LIVE to online dictionaries!!! :D ( TV5 MediaDico, Wiktionary, Reverso, ... )
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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #46 on: December 06, 2009, 11:28:15 am »
Hey Stuart, I'm still waiting for an invitation to a nude hike to the top a Scottish Munro! Did I mention I love the Scottish accent? :-)

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #47 on: December 06, 2009, 11:29:26 am »
Hey Stuart, I'm still waiting for an invitation to a nude hike to the top a Scottish Munro! Did I mention I love the Scottish accent? :-)

June is usually a good month!

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #48 on: December 31, 2009, 01:53:15 am »
I was on YNAI when you guys were on there as nakedmunros, I never knew thats why the site went down or any of the surrounding story. Its a real shame when the tabloids latch onto something like this in an attempt to sell more papers. Hopefully they don't victimise anyone else in the same way or do any more harm to the naturist efforts to seperate nudity from sex.

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #49 on: January 02, 2010, 05:31:19 pm »
June is usually a good month!

Great, I'll talk to my girlfriend then!

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2010, 03:20:27 pm »
Now that Google Street View covers most of Scotland, I thought I'd share some of the places we've climbed.



Due north from this point, between the mountains you can just see a peak in the distance. The mountain is called Ciste Dhube, and we hiked down naked from that, to within a couple of hundred metres of the road.



We headed down this glen and headed up the mountain on the right on a glorious September day. By the time we came down, it was getting dark, a wind was whipping up, but it was easy to be naked almost all the way to the car after the heat our bodies were generating as a result of the climb.



Those two bumps in the far distance were unusual for us in that we climbed them naked, but came down dressed. It was a burning hot day and a pretty isolated spot (there and back from the nearest road is the equivalent of a marathon) so the clothes came off quickly. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse before the descent began with a near freezing wind, and being naked simply wasn't sustainable.

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #51 on: April 02, 2010, 03:27:30 pm »
And the body of water to the right of the centre is where the current front page photo was taken!



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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2010, 06:45:29 pm »
Stuart, those landscape look absolutely breathtaking! I would really, really, really love to join you one day!

How hight are tho munros and how long does an average trek take?

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2010, 07:11:00 pm »
Stuart, those landscape look absolutely breathtaking! I would really, really, really love to join you one day!

How hight are tho munros and how long does an average trek take?

A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000ft (914m). The highest is Ben Nevis at 4408ft (1344m). They can take from a little over an hour for ones that have a high road going right by them, to several days for the more remote ones.

An example of an easy one would be this one:



Its barely an hour up and down it, but it isn't very scenic, there's ski tows and all manner of human debris there. It is very easy though, just a big dome of grass covered rock.

For something more challenging, there's this:



There are others that need a day to walk to and a day to walk back out again. And every variation in between. There's 283 of them, so there's lots of variety.

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2010, 07:14:45 pm »
I really like the second one with the lake in the foreground!

What was the longest trek you went on?

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #55 on: April 02, 2010, 07:18:15 pm »
I really like the second one with the lake in the foreground!

What was the longest trek you went on?

We've only ever done one night on the mountains, mostly thanks to bad weather over the last few years, but we're hoping to do a bit longer this year, at least two, maybe even three nights in the wilds. The tough thing is carrying enough food for all that time as well as about 8kg each of camera kit!

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #56 on: April 02, 2010, 07:21:21 pm »
Did you take a tent a sleeping bags with you? That sound exciting! :-)

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #57 on: April 02, 2010, 08:07:20 pm »
Did you take a tent a sleeping bags with you? That sound exciting! :-)

Our camping kit is ultra lightweight and almost as expensive as the camera kit! Nothing like waking up above the clouds though, with the early morning sun light the top of them up all golden...

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Re: Naked Munros on DOMAI
« Reply #58 on: April 02, 2010, 08:10:58 pm »
We've only ever done one night on the mountains, mostly thanks to bad weather over the last few years, but we're hoping to do a bit longer this year, at least two, maybe even three nights in the wilds. The tough thing is carrying enough food for all that time as well as about 8kg each of camera kit!

As in one night at a time.

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« Reply #59 on: April 02, 2010, 08:12:55 pm »
We've only ever done one night on the mountains, mostly thanks to bad weather over the last few years, but we're hoping to do a bit longer this year, at least two, maybe even three nights in the wilds. The tough thing is carrying enough food for all that time as well as about 8kg each of camera kit!

As in one night at a time.

Yes. We've done one night more than once  :45