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Court confirms naked hiking ban

Posted 21 November 2011
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Court confirms naked hiking ban
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Anyone hoping to avoid Britain's indecent exposure laws by hiking naked in the Swiss Alps instead has had their hopes dashed after the country's highest court upheld a ban on such an activity.

The Federal Court upheld the right of a canton to prohibit nude rambling as it infringes public decency laws, even though being naked in public is not itself illegal.

For most people, the colder weather of autumn means the last thing they would want to do is go walking with no clothes on.

And wearing a thermal base layer, warm winter jackets and waterproofs is a wise way to approach worsening weather conditions.

Earlier this month, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland issued a series of tips for walkers heading for the hills in winter conditions, which included ensuring they have the right clothing.

It also advised people to be equipped with items like ice axes, crampons and a torch in case it gets dark while they are still on the mountain.
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