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Nude Hiking: How to Do It Right

Written by: cj apelo

Nude Hiking For the past years, Hiking has been one of the most popular forms of recreation and adventure. Some hike on mountains, while others prefer hiking on deserts and icy lands. We have been very much accustomed with the idea that with Hiking comes several rules including the need for safety gear and proper clothing, but in some places, a different trend is getting popular - that is, wandering the trails nude.

The legality of Nude Hiking is pretty ambiguous, even on states that are already considered as liberal ones. It is illegal to hike naked almost anywhere, yet there are some people who want to deviate and create their own style of Hiking.

As of present time, there are already groups of naked hikers formed in some places like Washington. They usually hike on weekdays since their style of Hiking is quite different from the others. They make sure that they encounter families and large groups as seldom as possible during a nude hiking day. Another thing they take into account is to reach the trailhead earlier than usual, and to get naked on a safe spot. It is also more comfortable to hike naked in groups rather than alone, since a group signifies real naturist hikers rather than anything else.

Admittedly, every nude hiker gets varying reactions from other hikers they meet along the way. Younger hikers, or those under 40 years old, are more open with the idea, and even find it cool and interesting, while older ones seem to care less. As for women hikers,
they tend to ignore it more often than not.

Aside from getting your gear ready for that ultimate Hiking experience, make sure that you are also prepared to get weird looks and comments from people you may encounter along the trail. Donít forget to bring a pack of confidence with you. Enjoy your trip!

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mr nice guy
Monday 7th September 2009 at 12:31:13 AM  

This is a very interesting article. However, naked hiking may not be permitted in my country. Lol.

Wednesday 14th October 2009 at 4:30:16 AM  

I guess it would make it easier to spot ticks but I''m thinking the other bitting bugs would find it much to easy to find a soft spot.

Friday 13th November 2009 at 11:44:49 AM  

Nude hiking is perhaps more common that implied. Here, on the west coast of USA, hiking nude in the National Forests and wilderness areas is very common and, while it is true that nude hikers avoid putting other hikers at a discomfort, I''ve never had a bad encounter with people I meet on the trail while hiking nude.

Contrary to the original article I find that women are generally accepting of encountering a nude hiker on the trail while the male companions seem to be the ones having problems dealing with and encounter.

Part of the appeal of nude hiking is the level of comfort you experience. No hot and sweaty clothes, just the freedom of the sun and breezes on your skin. Ticks like to hide in clothing . . . so we note them sooner. Other bugs seems attracted to damp, smelly hiking clothes which we as naturists are not wearing. I actually find I have less of a bug problem while hiking nude than otherwise.

As far as legality . . . well, be responsible, act appropriately and check the laws. Simply being nude in most National Forests on the west coast is generally not illegal.

Monday 27th September 2010 at 1:15:46 AM  

I went hiking nude with a naturist group once. I was curious. It was in a National Forest in Virginia. We hiked clothed up to a reservior then went skinny dipping. People came upon. Most said hello and were on their way but on couple joined us. Then we hiked a couple of mikes up the trail to the top of a bluff where we could see the whole valley. I didn''t put my clothes back on till we started hiking back to our cars from the reservior. It was a very liberating experience and the coolest thing I have ever done. That was about 10 years ago. I need to do something like that again one day.

Thursday 4th August 2011 at 2:01:58 PM  

I have finally found a place to hike for hours nude, that is the desert outside Las Vegas. Unfortunately we are moving to Bend, Oregon so now I have to find enough room to again enjoy my long hikes. This time I will not be so concerned about other hikers and simply enjoy being nude while I hike.

Alfred Kinsey
Monday 29th August 2011 at 10:37:40 PM  

I would think sun screen should be mentioned as nessasary equipment.

Friday 7th October 2011 at 3:19:07 PM  

Not for me, thanks. Between mosquitoes, sunburn, poison ivy, and possible snake bites, I''ll pass.

Tuesday 27th December 2011 at 4:43:23 PM  

We have been running a naturist bed and breakfast in Spain since 2005, and every year we have had more and more guests hiking nude. Mainly as we are in the Sierra D''irta national park, and nudity is not illegal, so guests can wander nude in the hillside for hours, often finishing up on the nude beach.We have great views of Peniscola with its coastline, ancient castle and ancient monestary.

Wednesday 28th December 2011 at 4:18:57 AM  

I think, nude hikinkg is very nice and funny until you''ll meet first small biting insect "friends" ;))

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