This is a very interesting article. However, naked hiking may not be permitted in my country. Lol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would think sun screen should be mentioned as nessasary equipment.
Not for me, thanks. Between mosquitoes, sunburn, poison ivy, and possible snake bites, I''ll pass.
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.
I think, nude hikinkg is very nice and funny until you''ll meet first small biting insect "friends" ;))