Northwest Nude News  12/29/2018

Northwest Nude News
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On September 9^th, Bare Mountain Retreat (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=d33e5a0218&e=84c965e783) (Bare Backers of Idaho) held their first nude fun run. Because the Bare Mountain Retreat nudist club is built on the side of a mountain, they decided to call their run “Streak to the Peak”.

One of the organizers thought that a description of their process, description of the race and plans for the future might be interesting reading for AANR-NW members.

See the story below…

Streak To The Peak
How one club pulled off the most challenging nude race in America

In 2005 my wife and I became members of Bare Mountain Retreat (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=d65cedd8cd&e=84c965e783) , an Idaho nudist club, and it changed our lives. Now retired, we spend the summer months at our cabin at Bare Mountain Retreat and the winter months at our home in a Palm Desert California tennis community. We both agree that the months we spend at Bare Mountain are the best and were it not for the snowy Idaho winters we would live there full-time.

When we joined the club, the daytime activities centered around the pool, especially the water volleyball, which our members often play all day long and sometimes into the night. We don’t hold to the “official” volleyball rules but a hybrid that we have worked out over the years. It’s said to be the most fun social activity that you can do with your clothes off, and nearly all our members joyfully participate.

The club had also developed a short trail, a ½ mile uphill grind to an interesting granite formation called Monkey Rock. Only a few members ever attempted the climb as it is very strenuous, however there were a handful of us that enjoyed the hike, and we could see that with a lot of work, our 130 hillside acres had the raw potential to become a serious nude hiking Mecca. Our hillside topography has its advantages and disadvantages. Disadvantages are that to hike here one needs to be in fairly good shape, the other disadvantage is that building trails on steep hillsides is very difficult. However, the positives are that hiking up the hillsides and ridge lines offer beautiful views of the forested canyons below and spectacular vistas of nearby Lucky Peak Lake. Over the next few years we picked away at the trails, doing some minor improvements, but mostly just bushwhacking around on the hillsides. But about seven years ago one member, Trail Master Gary, became very serious about
our trails and began to work tirelessly to improve and expand our trail system. Gary’s efforts inspired some of the rest of us to help, and under his direction we have now developed over five miles of world class mountain trails that are a joy to hike on.

A few years back I was thinking about traveling to Spokane, Washington, to participate in the Bare Buns Fun Run at Kaniksu Ranch Nudist Club, and it got me to thinking… if other clubs can sponsor successful fun runs why couldn’t Bare Mountain? I knew that we would have to continue improving and expanding our trails, and due to our hilly topography, we would have to design a way to route the course with safety in mind. But it seemed doable, so I recruited several members who are avid runners and hikers to see if we could come up with a workable plan.

We realized that the only way that a race could be safely run on our trails would be to start at the clubhouse at the bottom of the hill and race to the finish line at the top of the mountain. Racing back down the mountain would expose the runners to possible injury which we wanted to avoid that at all costs. So, over the years, with our race in mind, we developed our course, 4K in length, with a 1200-foot elevation gain. It’s a course that we are very proud of and we couldn’t think of a better name than “Streak to the Peak”. We have been told by participants of other runs that it is the most challenging nude fun run in the country.

We scheduled our inaugural race on Sunday, September 9th, the weekend after Labor Day. We wanted to start small to work out the bugs, so we limited the field to 40 runners. We ended up with a total of 38 entrants, 20 club members and 18 visitors. Most of the visitors were not nudists, and had never run a nude race before, but ended up being very enthusiastic nude participants. There were 12 women and 26 men. The entry fee of $30.00 covered the race entry, official race sarong (in lieu of a t-shirt), food and prizes.

The week before race day the word got out to the general public. Our event was causing quite a stir in the neighboring city of Boise. As it was the first nude race in the area, one local radio station made it their favorite topic of conversation. The local NBC-TV affiliate practically begged us to allow them to cover the race… we politely declined.

As the “Streak to the Peak” weekend approached we were all a bit nervous, and we wanted to make sure that everything came off perfectly, but the club members were ready and eager to do whatever was needed to make the event a success.

The festivities started out on Saturday night, as all the participants and their support teams were hosted to a delicious pre-race carbo-loading spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings. On Sunday morning as the participants started arriving, they were directed to the parking areas and then to the registration deck where they received their race packet and inaugural “Streak to the Peak” sarong. Everyone was tagged with a race number. The aid station personnel were sent off to their stations with their water, first aid supplies and walkie talkies. Everyone waited eagerly for the starting gun at 9:45am.

The weather at start time was blue skies and 63 degrees, perfect for a nude race. I gave a pre-race talk describing the topography to those new to the trail and advised the runners to “keep some gas in their tank for the final half mile, which features the steepest pitch on the course, a brutal climb which we now call “Hero Hill”. At 9:45 the horn sounded, and the runners started off, some sprinting, most fast hiking. Our club members, and the runners’ support teams, shouted encouragement. Along the route our members manning the four aid stations handed out water as the runners passed by.

Twenty-six minutes, twenty-four seconds later, our own Bare Mountain member Steve G crossed the finish line and took gold. Men’s Silver and Bronze went to elite visiting runners from Boise. In the woman’s division, Bare Mountain members swept gold, silver and bronze. There were those who did not run the course but opted to hike it and took over an hour to finish, but they were cheered on as enthusiastically as the elite runners. At the award ceremony we handed out the medals as all the runners proudly displayed their “Streak to the Peak” sarongs.

We followed the award ceremony with a lunch of BBQ pulled chicken & pork sliders, salads and fruit. We then hit the pool for water volleyball and played until we were all exhausted.

It was wonderful to see the club members pitch in. To a person, everyone helped to make it a success. Some helped by greeting visitors and directing them to the parking, others helped with registration and drawing race numbers on the runners’ arms, members manned aid stations, marked time at the finish, prepared the excellent food and, as we are so well known for, were wonderful ambassadors of friendship and fun. By the end of the day, four of the visiting couples were requesting applications and information on how to join the club.

So what next? We are already planning on how to improve the race for 2019. We may possibly lengthen the race to 5K by cutting a new trail across the top of the ridge for more scenic vistas. We also plan to expand the entrants to 80 runners. And we will promote the race to the AANR community so those members who like to travel to fun events like these will have an opportunity to participate.

For me, and especially Trail Master Gary, it’s been lots of work, but it’s been so satisfying to see a dream, begun years ago, take shape, and to help start something that will become an annual event, enjoyed by our nudist as well as textile community, an event which will help put our club on the map as a destination, not only for nudist recreation, but nudist sport as well.

And for those of you who love nude hiking, come visit anytime… the trails are waiting for you.

I’ll see you at the peak!

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** Friday 12/28
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* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=2bc72a1c02&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm

** Saturday 12/29
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* Lake Bronson (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=3e5728a537&e=84c965e783) – Theme Potluck – 6:30 pm
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=7f02e67758&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Patio Party – 4:30 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=d7f7e036d3&e=84c965e783) –
+ Pool Volleyball – 1:00 pm
+ Big Screen Music Night – 8:00 pm
* Wreck Beach Preservation Society (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=2b6edf16e6&e=84c965e783) – Wreck Beach Swim Night – 7:30 pm

** Sunday 12/30
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=4276cbd5fe&e=84c965e783) – Potluck – 6:30 pm

** Monday 12/31
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* Mountaindal (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=b5f2b48b2f&e=84c965e783) e (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=9f6494872b&e=84c965e783) – New Year’s Eve Celebration – 6:00 pm
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=8584c76b2e&e=84c965e783) – New Year’s Eve Dance – 6:30 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=af0757d144&e=84c965e783) – New Year’s Eve Celebration with Live Music
* Lake Bronson ( aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=b292d649d0&e=84c965e783) –
+ Theme Potluck – 6:30 pm
+ New Year’s Eve Dance – 8:30 pm

** Wednesday 1/2
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* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=02080c65d1&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm

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** Friday 1/4
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=e01a7c34b7&e=84c965e783) – Movie – 8:00 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=e6b1e03a63&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm

** Saturday 1/5
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* N.I.F.T.Y. Swim – 7:30pm at Templeton Pool – N.I.F.T.Y (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=1d59b5efe9&e=84c965e783)
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=2131d76fa9&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Mezzanine Party – 4:30 pm
* Mountaindal (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=7baf57edf2&e=84c965e783) e (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=c0d2cb1d74&e=84c965e783) – Snow Angel’s Meetup – 2:00 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=cdf25e4c34&e=84c965e783) –
+ Pool Volleyball – 1:00 pm
+ Music Videos – 8:00 pm

** Sunday 1/6
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=e503ea454b&e=84c965e783) – Potluck – 6:30 pm

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** Friday 01/11
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* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=5a32d4768e&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=fab531a1f4&e=84c965e783) – Movie – 8 pm

** Saturday 01/12
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* Mountaindal (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=f30504c587&e=84c965e783) e (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=8fc06e545d&e=84c965e783) –
+ Board Meeting – 9:30 am
+ General Membership Meeting – 1:00 pm
+ Chili Cook-off – 6:00 pm
* The Rogue Suncatchers (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=3b1992a4cc&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Dinner
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=8a4f29c59f&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Mezzanine Party – 4:30 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=ab0b169fca&e=84c965e783) –
+ Membership Meeting – 10:00 am
+ Pool Volleyball – 1:00 pm
+ Music Videos – 8:00 pm
* Skinnydipper Recreation (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=a31f9563ff&e=84c965e783) –
+ Dinner Social at Dennys Surrey (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=d17b6e7f80&e=84c965e783) – 7:00 pm
+ Newton Wave Pool (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=398490b3ca&e=84c965e783) – 9:30 pm

** Sunday 01/13
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=f79ff40dd2&e=84c965e783) – Potluck – 6:30 pm

** Monday 01/14
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* Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=29a11f0013&e=84c965e783) – Spa Night – 6:00 pm

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** Friday 01/18
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* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=a72003c7c2&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=ad84105d22&e=84c965e783) – Movie – 8:00 pm

** Saturday 01/19
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* Lake Bronson ( aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=26226d42e3&e=84c965e783) –
+ Theme Potluck – 6:30 pm
+ Theme Dance – 8:30 pm
* Squaw Mt Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=0f84e6aa90&e=84c965e783) – Cabin Crawl
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=6f74e49cb6&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Patio Party – 4:30 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=3d1e392430&e=84c965e783) –
+ Board Meeting – 9:30 am
+ Pool Volleyball – 1:00 pm
+ Music Videos – 8:00 pm
* Wreck Beach Preservation Society (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=c7fbf69183&e=84c965e783) – Wreck Beach Swim Night – 7:30 pm

** Sunday 01/20
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=5f39dd7365&e=84c965e783) – Potluck – 6:30 pm

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** Friday 01/25
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=a1aba83644&e=84c965e783) – Movie – 8:00 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=cdd2e22553&e=84c965e783) – Karaoke – 8:00 pm

** Saturday 01/26
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* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=d6b1e7d327&e=84c965e783) – Potluck Patio Party – 4:30 pm
* Willamettans (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=c13b431ea6&e=84c965e783) –
+ Pool Volleyball – 1:00 pm
+ Music Videos – 8:00 pm
* N.I.F.T.Y. Swim – 7:30pm at Templeton Pool – N.I.F.T.Y (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=6f02040b3e&e=84c965e783)

** Sunday 01/27
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* Hidden Springs (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=ad18da28a3&e=84c965e783) – Bare Bowling – 6:30 pm
* Sun Meadow Resort (aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=cd161a7fa4&e=84c965e783) – Potluck – 6:30 pm

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