Naturists and hiking.
Damned right they go together. Hiking is a good thing. It means you’re outside, walking, being active, being kind to your body.
Fresh air is good for a person and for one’s skin. Makes sense then that exposing as much skin as possible is the way to go for hikers. Most hikers don’t, which is sad and their loss.
Vitamin D is best taken in through the skin, soaking up sunlight. What nicer way can you think of?
For a decent hike it’s advisable, I think, to be safe. Wear something sensible unless you are one of the barefoot-forever people.
I’m not one of them. I like decent footwear. To each their own. I’ve seen people negotiate a gorge on Crete on flip-flops, so whatever wiggles your toes goes.
Easy does it.
Whatever you feel your goal is, it’s good. Is half a mile a hike for you? Great. Do you go for the big ones, 10 miles of more? Great. There’s no need to overdo things. Take what your body can handle. If your body likes it, it will motivate you to go a little further next time. This is general knowledge, not limited to nude hiking, by the by. It’s easy to go too far, get hurt and demotivated. Be smart about yourself; you’ll enjoy hiking for much longer.
Where can you hike freely? I know that people in big cities pull the short straw here. I pity you. Also I can’t offer advice to everyone around the globe as I haven’t been all around the globe to see what your situation is. Sorry, lack of money, time and knowledge of where you all are is to blame. 😉
I’ve taken long, naked hikes on several of the Canary Islands. It’s great to be there and be able to do that. I’ve also made long, nude hikes in England. I’ve found that when there is a place with lots of forests, there’s an opportunity to go naked.
Maybe not all the way but there’s more opportunity than many people assume there is. A big thing over here in Europe is NEWT, an event where a group of people hike through Austria in the nude for an entire week. Here’s a video report of one such events for you:
Maybe you get inspired by this. Look for places. Scout them out if you have to. And hike naked when you can. It’s so much better than in clothes.
3 thoughts on “A naturist’s view on hiking”
Naked hiking is one of the best healthy activity there is. Once you try, it’s hard to hike clothed. Well written! Keep up the great naturist spirit!
I’d love to go hiking naked, but in the Netherlands it’s just too risky/crowded (and illegal in most places of course).
Not to mention being too cold for a good part of the year.
As to barefoot, there’s no better way to walk. Takes getting used to though, I’d not advise a 10km+ hike as your first barefoot endeavour. Start by taking out the trash barefoot, then a trip to the supermarket, and build up from there.
I wish there were places on the Naches Trace to hike nude! I’m just getting back to walking after my last stroke several months ago!