Some great advice on hiking nude

Naked hiking is gaining momentum and increased visibility with this article from Mens Journal. I’ve written on naked hiking, and have given 10 good reasons to do so. Although this article focuses on the US and particularly on US National parks, it comes with two sound advices:

  1. Ask permission
  2. Join a group

Let’s look at why those are great advice.

Ask permission

WNBR_London_2014_9Asking permission is pretty straightforward. In most cases, permission will be granted, as non sexual nudity is generally accepted. There are numerous articles on this activity that demonstrates the acceptance of it by a majority of people. Asking permission is particularly important if your hike crosses private land.

Permission granted, you will hike more relaxes and will enjoy more your hike. In some countries, like Austria for instance, non sexual nudity is allowed by law, therefore you can enjoy freely. In others, like France, the law is unclear and you may drop on the wrong side of the fence without really wanting it. Better safe than sorry, keep handy something to cover yourself in case of encountering somebody and have your naturist federation card with you.

Join a group

nrc2Joining a group is probably the best thing to do if you wish to hike in your birthday suit. There are more and more naked hikers group in most countries, look for them around you and join. An online network like naktiv.net whose mission is to provide a safe place for people to post Naked and Active content may help you to find like-minded people around you.

Furthermore, beyond being a safer choice, hiking naked as a group is much more fun and social. Naturism is all about sharing, and joining a group will bring your naked hiking practice to another level. Not only you may increase the number of your naturist friends, you will increase the number of naked hikes you will participate in, because most of the groups are really active.

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Beware though, naked hiking is addictive. Once you have started, it’s very difficult to hike again with clothes on. The feeling of freedom of hiking naked is unmatched. Give it a try, you will probably never regret it!

If you look for more information on naked hiking and want to hear from experienced naked hikers, I recommend wonderful book Naked Hiking, that exists in French, under the title Randonue.

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My #nudist resolutions for 2017

At the beginning of every year, I reflect on the previous one and check what worked and what did not. Last year, I made 5 resolutions:

  1. Spend a full week clothes free. Whether the NEWT or a clothes optional resort, I have not yet made up my mind.
  2. Organize at least one clothes-optional party at home. Not all my friends are naturist, so I’ll need to pick the ones who are and the ones who are not and are OK to stay clothed while others are naked. It will definitely be fun!
  3. Participate in one naked 5K. I will find the right one that fits with my schedule so I can plan ahead and run bare!
  4. Make and display a “clothes optional” sign at my house. I have been writing about it, never done it. I want to do a kind of vintage signage. I have some ideas so I need to plan accordingly to find the right material and do it.
  5. Visit one new nudist resort. You expand your mind by visiting new places and meeting new people. Based on my trips, I will ensure I spend a day or two in a nudist resort to spend time socially naked.

Well, I have to confess that beyond number 1, the other 4 did not make the grade. Number 2 did not happen because my wife did not feel totally comfortable about it. Number 3 was not planned therefore did not happen. I was an inch away to do number 4 but fell short because I did not place the order for the wooden letters I found because of the price tag. And I had to cancel number 5 because of a crazy family schedule. Not a really good picture. On the positive side though, I hiked naked more time than I imagined and that gives me plenty of wonderful memories.

So this year, resolution time comes again and my nudist resolutions are the following:

  1. Spend another full week clothes free. I cannot participate to the NEWT, but I will find a naturist resort and will go and spend one full week with my wife. The Caribbeans may be…
  2. Make and display a “clothes optional” sign at my house. This year is the right one. I have sketches of this and will dedicate some time to find the right wooden letters at the right price.
  3. Make at least 5 naked hikes. And expand the group of people I am hiking naked with. A great way to make new naturist friends.

And I will stick to those 3. Less is more. And you, did you pass the 2016 grade? Are you committing to new activities for 2017? I look forward to reading your resolutions in the comment area.

Update – August 15

  1. Happened mid-July – It was holiday at home, due to budget restrictions, but enjoyed full nudity the whole week, as the weather was gorgeous!
  2. Ongoing. Have not made up my mind on whether I should make it or purchase a sign.
  3. Am at four currently, and hope to be able to make fifth in the coming weeks.
  4. Additional. I did visit a new nudist club, Olive Dell Ranch, while on a business trip and had the opportunity to spend a week-end in SoCal. Just wonderful!

3 naked activities for a spring week-end

Eh… TGIF! And tonight the week-end starts. So as I was thinking about what to share today, I came up with three activities that I will do over the week-end weather permitting of course, and that you can do too. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, nothing incredible, just three simple activities that do not require clothes apart from a hat if the sun shines and good shoes if the terrain is spiky. Here we go!

  1. A naked hike. Open a map of your surroundings, a hiking map if possible, spot a nice track you have not done, grab your shoes, your hat and some sunscreen. Pack some snacks and water, a lot of water, and off you go. 4, 5 or 6 hours of total nakedness in nature.
  2. A naked swim. It’s beach time again. The water will be chilly for course, but cold water is very good for the skin and for overall health. So grab a towel, sunscreen, snacks, water and head to the nearest naturist beach. A great way to gently start your overall tan for the coming summer.
  3. Naked gardening. If you happen to have a garden, take care of it. Mow the lawn, prune dead branches and gather the remaining of the leaves from the last winter. Make your garder beautiful so all flowers blossom in wonderful colors and shape.

As I said, nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just pure happiness in the best suit ever, your birthday one. Many if not all activities can be undertaken in full nudity, so go for it, it’s the best feeling ever!

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The Nude Picture of 1000+ Words

When you are a nudist, every opportunity to get naked is a good one! Check this great post from Jade.

The Naked Jade

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Then again maybe sometimes it’s actually worth more than a thousand words. I like to tell myself that that is the case with the picture here.

On an unrelated side note, I have to say that I really dislike using ‘that that’ together in a sentence. Although it is grammatically acceptable, I simply prefer not to use it. But that is another story, isn’t it?

Back to the point: the picture! It was taken during the month of June last year. When I look at it, I am reminded of the warm summer air, the beautiful blue sky, the birds and the bees as well as the trees and flowers that are so full of life. Summer truly is my favorite season – as I am sure is the case for most people – especially if you are a nudist…

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Naked European Walking Tour 2013, a video

If you like hiking and are contemplating hiking naked, the NEWT is the event to participate in. NEWT stands for Naked European Walking Tour and takes place every July in the Austrian Alps The next edition, the 12th actually, will take place from July 9 to 16, 2016. In the meantime, have a look at the video of the 2013 tour below, definitely a must-do for all naturist lovers!

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A #naked walk in the forest at night

51WQgCurteL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_A week or two ago, I started reading Naked in the Woods, a guide to Spiritual nudity by Storm Moon. As a naturist who loves hiking naked in the woods and who started naked meditation some months ago, the theme was of deep interest. I loved the first pages, the description of our links to our mother earth and how nudity can help us getting closer to nature, this spoke directly to my deep feelings. Then, when the author started to speak about his personal practice of nude walk in the forest, it stroke me that I was never entirely naked when hiking: I had walking shoes, a rucksack, a cap… What would it be to be entirely naked?

The question needed an answer. As it was dusk, I decided to go for a walk in the forest entirely naked, leaving everything, clothes, watch, shoes. As I was already naked, I just had to take my watch off, let my sandals go and off I went to the forest. There was a little part of risk as the path to the forest from my home had to go through some public areas, cross a road and go along some house. Although it was a Sunday evening, the risk of meeting somebody was not totally nil. However, the appeal was too strong not to take the risk, I had to do it!

I left home in the dark, the dog was so happy to go on an unexpected walk and went out the garden. I was outside, barefoot, entirely naked! Some houses were lit, and I walked along, entering the forest after a short while having encountered nobody. My confidence grew and all my senses were into play. I felt a rejuvenated feeling of freedom. Feeling the earth below my naked feet, leaves, grass, rocks was an incredible sensation. My whole body was free of any constraint and my skin could feel every single grain of air. This was an incredible feeling. I walked on a track I knew well, barely lit by a half moon, listening to the sound of the forest, enjoying every step.

At one point, I turned into a side path, stopped on a grass patch, and lied down, letting the earth and the air surrounding me. I let go completely my muscles, looking at the moon playing with the clouds and the top of the trees gently moving. I spotted a couple of bats, heard some animal noise in a far distance, a couple of mice came close, and a large smile came onto my face, deeply enjoying the experience. After a while, I stood up and walked back slowly to the house.

All in all, the walk had lasted half an hour. Not a lot, but so relaxing, so different from normal hikes. I was without any safety net, any crutch, entirely naked in the woods, and I discovered a new world. I will go back for sure, for longer walks, for walks with my wife, for walks in the day too, as naked in nature, with no clothes at all is a complete different experience I encourage you to do.

Of course, Naked in the woods is a great read if you want to embrace nudity in nature, naked meditation and recreate those long-forgotten links to nature!

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8 ecological positive effects of naturism

Nudism plus nature equals naturism. Ecologists want to protect nature to give our children a clean Earth. Although each of us may have a different point of view on ecology, here are 8 positive effects naturism has on ecology.

  1. Naturists wash less. We wear less clothes, therefore we need to wash less and consume less detergent.
  2. Naturists purchase less clothes. We wear less, we need less, and we purchase less. Bleaching, synthetic materials, transportation put a tax on the planet. By consuming less clothes, we reduce our footprint.
  3. Naturists tend to be more nature conscious. Naturism contains nature in the world. We can see a lot of discussions on green products and behavior on naturist’s forum. I tend to think this is linked to our sensitivity to nature and fragility of the human being.
  4. World Naked Bike Rides are naturist events that do not contribute to increasing greenhouse effect. Riding a bike is healthy and ecological. Bring the city back to pedestrian and cyclists!
  5. Naturists tend to more simplicity. By being naked, we tend to believe in simple pleasure and simpler life. Less gizmos, more connections. Less electronic, more humanity.
  6. Naturist’s locations tend to be nature friendly. Most naturist resorts are in beautiful natural places, doing their best to preserve what Mother Nature has to offer. We need more places to be naturist friendly by observing simple ecological rules
  7. Respect is one of the values of naturism. Respecting nature and ensuring we leave a clean place to our kids is one of the values I have always encountered with naturists.
  8. Most naked activities are healthy and nature friendly. Naked hiking, naked swimming, naked volley-ball, just to name a few activities do not require to harm our natural environment, but to benefit from it.

I am sure there are lots of other positive effects on nature by living simply in harmony with nature, entirely naked. Our nudity makes us more receptive to our surroundings. You are more alert to what nature has to offer to our ears, eyes, nose and overall body.

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Clothes Encounters

Great article on textile-nudist interaction. This post summarizes about nudity in nature and interaction with clothed people. If one is smiling and friendly, a positive discussion can start when the nudist can share why he/she’s naked and share the happiness of nudity. In a large majority of cases, the clothed people will be fine and their level of tolerance will raise. Get naked and enjoy the freedom!

6 ideas to spend the long Labor Day week-end NAKED!

We are just about to start a 3-day week-end for those who are celebrating Labor Day, by not working! It’s an ideal time, with spring blossoming in the northern hemisphere, to spend 3 full day sans clothing! So for those who might be clueless about what to do, here are 6 simple ideas for you to enjoy 3 full day of complete nudity.

  1. Pay a visit to your local naturist resort. Place a phone call, check if there’s some vacancy, pack your minimum suitcase and on we go! A great way to relax and enjoy nudity in a safe and fun environment. If you are a newbie, you’ll have 3 full days to get into the nudism mood.
  2. Throw your clothes away on Thursday evening and stay home. Whether you’re a home nudist or cannot go to a naturist resort, just stay home and get naked. You do not need clothes to do what you have to do at home. If you are organized, you can pack your fridge with food so you do not have to get dressed to go shopping.
  3. Head to the closest nudist beach. The sun is out? Go to the beach and work on your tan, without any lines. If you can, drive to the beach naked and come back naked. Extra minutes without having to dress.
  4. Celebrate the World Naked Gardening Day. On Saturday May 2, the world is celebrating the World Naked Gardening Day. It’s a great occasion to go outside, rain or sun, and take care of your garden with the best suit you have, your birthday suit!
  5. Pack a rucksack and head to the nearest hiking trail. Three days are just enough to go on a long trail hike and experience the exhilaration of naked hiking. Look on the Internet for a hike in your neighborhood or get to your hiking guide, ask friends to join and hop on the bus gus, and get yourself free!
  6. Invite friends to a bring-and-share naked party. You have some nudist friends or some non-nudists who are open-minded? Throw a simple pool or garden party over the week-end, and ask each to bring and share food and beverages. Organize some games, forget your clothes and have fun!

I wish you a great and relaxing Labor Day week-end! Enjoy it, naked of course!

“Naked Hiking”, a wonderful book on the awesomeness of hiking naked

When I first thought of hiking naked some years ago, I thought I was alone on the planet. Then I gradually discovered many other people who were hiking naked. A new world unfold in front of my eyes, I was not alone!

The book « Naked Hiking » from Richard Foley, webmaster of the www.naktiv.net site, is a symphony to naked hiking written by many different authors, sharing their wonderful experience of hiking naked in various locations on the planet, including an exclusive testimony from Steven Gough, the naked rambler, from his prison cell.

Naked Hiking is a collection of 23 texts, curated by Richard and focusing on one topic: hiking in your birthday suit. The topic is not covered from a theoretical angle, but through real life examples. All authors are either seasoned naked hikers or new to the activity, and all share their experience of hiking naked on public trails, interacting with nature and other hikers.

All the texts are well written and easy to read. The numerous pictures (over 80) help to visualize the context of the hikes, particularly the encounters with textiles and the beautiful landscapes surrounding the trails. It’s a quick and pleasant read, a must-have for all fans of naked and natural living.

Whatever the angle you look at the topic and your feelings around hiking naked, this book taught me two key learnings

  • Many opportunities exist to hike naked in many countries, from Germany to New Zealand, from France to Australia, from Spain to the USA, just to name a few, it’s just a matter of choosing the right track, the right time … and get naked.
  • Clothed people met during naked hikes are for a large majority supportive or indifferent. There are very few who are against and see it as offensive, but it’s a minority.

Here are a set of quotes I liked from various text that I will probably reuse in the future:

  • Mark Storey, « The best thing that you, as the naked hiker, can do is to smile, look like it’s the most ordinary thing to be walking nude, and be congenial »
  • Olle Strand, « Naturists seek the harmony of naturalness, not confrontation with dissidents »
    • « Nude hikers are not a danger to society. »
    • « We have every right in this beautiful world to demand the same respect due to all people in a humanistic society. »
    • « Now we all are natural naturists out on a hike, we are immediately filled with a sense of freedom, joy and harmony. »
    • « We did meet some people on the trail; they had clothes on and this did not bother us. »
    • « We naturists say to our textile friends: I you want to go hiking well wrapped up, then it’s your choice. If we choose to wander freely without clothes, why would this bother you? »
  • Daniel A. Kidwell, « You can freehike in a surprising range of weather conditions including some that would make a textile hiker miserable. »
    • « Feeling a cool sea breeze caressing one’s entire body on a warm August afternoon is about as good as it gets in this realm of existence. »
    • « In my experience hiking without clothing on the long distance trails in the Northeast [of the USA], I have found that through-hikers are frequently more concerned with their own hike, and tend to be supportive of others on the trail, and open minded for the most part, about what other hikers find for themselves to constitute a good hike. »
    • « As you gradually become at east with yourself, you will eventually forget that you are naked. »
    • « The slower pace and the heightened state of my sense brought on by my nakedness have allowed me a deeper appreciation of some very special parts of this planet we inhabit. »
  • Howard Anderson, « If walking naked is so rational, why don’t more people do it? »
    • « So why go walking naked? Unless you try it for yourself, you may simply have to take our word for it. »
    • « Body shame is a successful meme, it is often taught without thought of why. »
    • « When asked, most adults will say they have no argument against nudity from an intellectual point of view but they would not participate for emotional reasons, their memes are more powerful than rationality. »
    • « Naturism is enjoyable and harmless so people work out for themselves that nudity is fine. »
    • « Get out to the countryside, take off your clothes and breathe the fresh air of freedom. »

Overall, if you are a naked hiker or are intrigued about naked hiking, jump on the occasion to put your hands on the book, it will fit well in your own personal library. It’s available here from Amazon.

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