La randonue – Une invitation au voyage

Depuis quelques années, les Alpes voient se présenter un nouveau type de randonneur. Il est nu. Eté, comme hiver… Toutes celles et ceux qui pratiquent vous l’expliquent. En tenue d’Eve ou d’Adam, on entre plus facilement en harmonie avec la nature.

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Picture (c) arte.tv, 2017

What does it really change?

588026420_1280x720I was having a discussion with a bunch of friends about hiking and more specifically naked hiking. One of my female friend was really puzzled and asked this simple question: “but what does it change? You can walk wearing a light short and that should not change anything, so what does it really change to walk naked?” My answer was one word: “Everything!”

Now I continued. “Have you ever skinny dipped? You know, just dropping your clothing and jumped into the water entirely naked? How did it feel?”. The answer was of course it felt great not only because of the feeling of the water over her naked body, but also because it was kinda… forbidden. True, first timer feels going over the border and it creates this adrenaline-induced feeling of transgression.

“Now,” I continued, “if you get to go on a nudist beach and get naked to tan and swim, you will not feel anymore, quite quickly actually, this feeling of transgression. What will remain though is this feeling of well-being. This is exactly what naked hikers are experiencing too.”

“Yes, I get that” my friend said, but it does not change much if you are wearing a swimsuit or nothing, does it?”

naked_hiking“Well,” I replied “you may argue it does not change much for you, and I would agree because I am not you. However, having the feeling a wet suit on your body is not the best sensation ever. Like having the feeling of fabric of a short on your sweating skin. I understand it’s not for everybody, and going beyond the feeling or shame or transgression is a personal journey, but I think you get it, don’t you?”

And this was almost the end of the discussion. It’s very difficult for non nudist to understand what nudism/naturism is about. Nudity being a bad thing, tied to sexuality, is so engrained in our society that it creates all kind of reaction in non nudists. On the journey to become a nudist, you generally go through those strange feeling and questions whether nudity is bad or good. Even for people raised in nudist families, they may go through those questions and feeling as they grow old. This is why being surrounded by like-minded people, goind to nudist beaches and resorts help a lot. It helps as well to get confronted to people who question nudism, as it makes others think about it. The more we talk about it, the better, as we can bring more people to nudism.

So, in the end, what does it really change to hike naked or to wear just a light short? Well, for naturists, it changes everything. The feeling of freedom is uncomparable. No fabric on your skin, your body entirely breathing, and the well-being it generates are just difficult to describe as they are to be lived. So yes, it may not change anything for a majority of people, and I respect this. This should not prevent us to explain that we are better hiking naked, that there’s nothing wrong with it and we can hike together with clothed people as diversity makes the world richer!

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The art of nude hiking

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Take a famous brand of sports gear, Columbia, take a great outdoor activity, hiking, mix this with nudism, and you get an article on the art of nude hiking on the Columbia’s blog. It’s just awesome! Here are their 9 tips for hiking nude:

  1. Protect your feet. Walking barefoot on rocky track is not really neither comfortable nore secured. Good hiking shoes are required. However, if you want the ultimate experience in nude hiking, Vibram Five Fingers will become your best friends. I talked about using them for running, and some models are just great for hiking!
  2. Nudist Welcome. Pick a spot where you can extend your nude hiking experience, by going to a nudist resort or B&B. You may find other nudists to go and walk with you. Nude hiking is much funnier with a group of like-minded people.
  3. Avoid the public. If simple nudity is not forbidden in most places, it can anoy some people. Be prepared to grab a cover up in case of encounter and do not shy away to start talking about your practice. I’m still surprised by the positive reaction you get from other hikers when you start talking about hiking naked.
  4. Study up poisonous plants. Without clothes you’re not protected. If you walk on a large track, there’s nothing to be scared of. However, if you are going offtrack or on narrow ones, be prepared to recognised the bad guys.
  5. Venture out early morning or evening. Less encounters, less sun too. And in warm days, much cooler!
  6. Stay hydrated. Your skin will thank you!
  7. Concealed carry. Although it’s awesome to be completely naked, a small backpack will carry your essential items and water!
  8. Safety in numbers. Group hike is always better and safer when naked.
  9. Celebrate. Hike naked everytime it’s possible (even in winter, with chilly weather it may be possible when the sun shines and you are walking at a good pace), and celebrate all hikes.

640385921_0a8a64a232_bHiking is a very healthy activity that anybody can do. Naked hiking is really stitching a lifestyle, nudism, and a healthy activity, hiking. It’s, personnally, one of my preferred activities up to a point that it’s very difficult to hike with any kind of clothes on, once you have tried naked hiking. So it’s great this form of hiking is recognized by one of the major brands of hiking gears of the planet! We need to continue to spread the good news by driving more people to naked hiking, hike more naked, and talk about naked hiking to all our friends and family.

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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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Happiness is Health and Naked Freedom

I spent a week holiday at home taking care of the house and garden. Although the weather has been somehow OK, with some nice sunshine, it has been fairly cold, in the 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) in the morning, going up to 19 (66 Fahrenheit) during the day, with a cold northerly wind. Although I stayed as naked as possible, temperature did not always allow it, and I used to wear my polar fleece jacket more that I would have wanted, particularly in the morning and the evening.

However, beyond some shopping that required clothing, most of my week was spent naked, including some hikes. And this made me realize once again that nakedness is freedom. I heard that happiness is health and freedom. I add that freedom for me is nakedness. I really feel better when I’m not wearing anything. Even when it was a little bit cold, I stayed naked if I was comfortable. The interesting factor is you get used to cold and pretty soon you can be comfortable naked in 15 degrees (59 Fahrenheit) while others are wearing pullovers, particularly when you are active.

Actually, when you are naked and it’s chilly, you tend to be more active, so that your body temperature adapts itself to get to that level of comfort where you feel good. Of course, moving from sun to shade sometimes makes you uncomfortable for a moment, but it’s incredible how you adapt quickly and after a moment, you do not really realize the change in temperature, since you feel so good. And this is the whole point I wanted to share. When you embrace naturism, you understand in your flesh that your body is a wonderful creation that does not require clothing.

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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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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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