Outside Edge: Nudists take a hike – but put your clothes on first

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A chill ran through the drafty corridors and back passages of nudism last week when the highest court in Switzerland ruled that you can be fined for hiking naked in the Alps.

The federal court in Lausanne rejected an appeal by a hiker who was fined after he paraded past a family picnic area in the eastern canton of Appenzell, and a Christian rehabilitation centre for drug users – no doubt putting them right off their smack. The beaks said that upholding his 100 Swiss franc (£69) fine was only a marginal infringement of his personal freedom, although even that could be quite painful in freezing conditions.

Appenzell is not the most forward-thinking place in Europe – they only gave women the vote in 1990 – but even they have moved on from those old Garden of Eden values.

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