5 more articles about nude hiking (because my readers get what my readers want)

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Michael Connolly’s nude hiking post has got me curious about the idea of getting my gear off in the bush. I mean, I’ve already flashed my bits at plenty of other hikers while ‘doing it in a dress’ for One Girl… How much worse could it be?

Fear not, though, dear readers. I will most definitely warn you if I’m planning to hit the trail in my birthday-suit (and I sure as hell won’t be doing it until at least November). Right now I’m satisfied with doing some reading on the subject, and writing an opinion-piece of my own (which is coming soon).

It seems I’m not the only one who’s intrigued by this nude hiking idea… Michael’s contribution immediately shot to second position in Bushwalking Blog’s list of most-read posts, and has stayed there for 10 weeks. I’m jumping to the conclusion that you all want more nude hiking content, so I thought I’d share some of the other articles I’ve come across online. Happy reading!

 

Nude travel: holidays with cheek – SMH Traveller

The Naked Rambler: the man prepared to go to prison for nudity – The Guardian

Return to Eden: a nude trip to Paradise – Fat Canyoners

In Thin Air of the Alps, Swiss Secrecy Is Vanishing – The New York Times

Welcome to Bare Country – Up Here (article removed by website administrator)

 

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23 Responses to “5 more articles about nude hiking (because my readers get what my readers want)”

  1. Harry Hopkins
    June 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Very funny seeing this as we just did a nude walk today. Went along Bertram Stevens Drive in the Royal. Passed the Wattamolla turnoff. Then stopped at the first track on the other side of the Drive ( that is, the West) parked and took the track, stopping to strip off after a few minutes. That is, we were heading west. The winter sun was delicious on our bare bodies. In fact a few hours of exposure and there wasn’t the faintest burning. The track is not particularly interesting but we had it to ourselves. Nothing like the sensation of nude bushwalking. I call it extended foreplay. Winter sun stroked our bodies all over.

  2. Murray Lundberg
    June 18, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    Hi Neil,

    Just a note that to let you know that the article at “Up Here” magazine is back online now that their site rebuild is complete. It’s at http://archive.uphere.ca/node/139 The Web site that the reporter notes that “George Walker” runs is at http://explorenaturally.com/

    Murray (a.k.a. “George” :) )

    • Michael Connolly
      June 19, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks for sharing Murray, interesting read especially about the bare bear encounter LOL

      • Neil Fahey
        June 19, 2014 at 10:04 am #

        Yes, thanks very much Murray. That’s it Michael – What could be scarier than a bear encounter? Only a NAKED bear encounter! :/

        Cheers
        Neil

  3. Harry Hopkins
    July 16, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Nude walking in the Royal is our passion- swimming in its waterholes and on its beaches and jogging on the Marley Sandhills as well. We call ourselves the Gymnos Aquatic Bushwalkers. Here is our credo:

    . The Gymnos Aquatic Bushwalkers respond to the strong evidence that full-bodied exposure to sun is healthy – boosting Vitamin D levels, countering toxicity, improving mental health

    .The Bushwalkers know the liberation that flows from dropping the last of your clothes on grass, rocks or sand…and strolling stitchless with your companions to the water’s edge

    .The Bushwalkers feel the joy of our whole bodies immersed without clinging swimsuits…we respond to the sanctity of swimming bare-arsed, as God made us, of diving and plunging without a stitch, of setting out to the other side, to the further shore, in our birthday suits and nothing else

    .The Bushwalkers stand in a tradition that reaches back to the bare-nude Olympics of ancient Greece, to the baths of Rome, to cow-hands and farm laborers seeking relief from summer sun in creeks, lakes and swimming holes, to Marines on the beaches of tropical islands and to old YMCAs with swim suits banned

    .The Bushwalkers believe fiercely in lustrous all-over tans – without even a hint of timid “tan lines” – perfectly even tans, secret to the workaday world, tans as a symbol of our freedom, and a salute to golden-skinned natives from various continents who walked bare-bottomed across savannahs, dived for pearls buck-naked or fished from rocks without loin cloths

    .The Bushwalkers reject the artificiality of official “nude beaches” with lolling sunbakers who have not earned the right – with a demanding hike or climb – to this liberating clothes-free state ; further, we believe all beaches should be available for free swimming, we adhere to that cheeky old adage, “not swimming nude is rude”

    .The Bushwalkers believe in a membership that is flab-free, committed to athleticism and fitness and slim waists and that beer-bellied obesity is not suitable to be revealed to the sun’s rays and view of one’s companions

    .The Bushwalkers assert the right to not only swim nude but, when the instinct takes us, to walk the trails in a state of nature, as bare as Adam in the Garden of Eden, especially to welcome the gentle sun of winter – subject only to the practical protection from sharp grass or entangling bush afforded by loin cloths or g-strings

    .The Bushwalkers recognize that while the above only appeals to males we always live in the happy suspense that, without warning, at any time, a party of females – nurses on a jaunt, housewives on an excursion, Girl Guides on an outing – could take us by surprise…and this unsettling possibility, of being caught in the nude at the ‘ole swimming hole, is part of the age-old tradition we honor.

    Like this?

    • Neil Fahey
      July 16, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Thanks for your comment, Harry.

    • Michael Connolly
      July 16, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      WOW Harry, you really make me look like an amateur!… I agree with all you have said & I too have a saying “every beach is a nude beach if nobody complains” ;)

      I do most of my walking in the Blue Mountains, but if I ever find myself in the RNP I will be sure to keep my eyes peeled for the Gymnos Aquatic Bushwalkers!

      Michael

  4. Michelle
    June 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Im not against this but is no one else worried about stinging creepy crawlys that live in the bush? Not to mention the elements from the sun and wind … imagine that on your privates!

    • Neil Fahey
      June 6, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      I’d prefer not to imagine creepy crawlies on my privates! haha

      Thanks very much for your comment, Michelle.

      Cheers
      Neil

    • Michael Connolly
      July 16, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Michelle to be honest I have never had any bad experiences & in fact as I wrote in my first article I have found that with the absence of clothing to cause excessive sweating ie: your skin is allowed to breathe & disperse perspiration naturally & therefore you don’t get as smelly & don’t attract as many bugs etc.

      I have taken my wife on a couple of nude walks (as well as nude canoe trips) & also a nude picnic beside a remote waterfall for about 4 hours on Christmas Day & we never noticed any creepy crawlys attacking us, in fact two weekends ago we went on a walk to a cave where we had a nude picnic in the warm mouth of the cave in full sunshine & again no bugs.

      In regards the elements if you are sensible about it you will have no problem… like not staying out in the extreme heat/full sunshine & applying sunscreen, the feeling of a warm breze on your naked skin cannot be described or beaten ;)

      Michael

    • Hans Wellinger
      April 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Ahh, yes, sun and wind exposure is something you will need to keep in mind. However, personally, I tend to walk only during the cooler time of the year, when the sun is not so burning. But even so, when I feel that I had enough sun, I cover up for a while, just for protection. Also, obviously heavy lashings of sunscreen with maximum protection factor is a must.
      As far as bugs are concerned, you may be pleasantly surprised. When you are in the bush in the raw, bugs, with the exception of the ever present flies, rarely bother one. I believe that, without your clothes to hide in, many bugs, specifically ticks, tend to be disadvantaged. They do not seem to like operating on open, bare skin. I certainly have never been a victim of Kangaroo and other ticks, even in areas where they are reputed to be thick, whilst walking nude.
      I also found that many smaller bird varieties seem to be far less aware and scared of the presence of a nude human as opposed to a dressed one.

  5. Sydney nudism
    May 8, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    If you appreciate the freedom of walking in nature nude, you might like to do some other activities nude. Skinny dip at a clothing optional beach, pop along to a family nudist club, there are some friendly clubs near Melbourne, or even progress to nudist social activities, with like minded people. More details of nudist opportunities are detailed here http://www.sydneynudistinfo.com. Cheers.

  6. Ken
    May 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Like most bushwalkers at times I’ve stripped off for a swim and a sun bake, but always have considered that others may not appreciate it, especially in my older years. I think most other people are comfortable with that provided that you are discreet.

    The problem with nude bushwalking is that it is generally not going to be discreet. Someone walking the other way is not going to have much choice whether they interact with you. The consequence of this may well be an increased focus on all nudity. As well as placing yourself at risk of a charge of offensive behaviour, it also places anyone engaging in swimming or sunbathing nude at greater risk of a charge. The trend over the last decades is for less tolerance of nudity in public places.

    • Michael Connolly
      May 8, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Yes Ken, there is a fine line we are walking… both myself & Tim from the Fat Canyoners are not setting out to offend anyone so we engage in our pursuits in places & at times where we are less likely to encounter other people.

      Nude bushwalking is not a new thing, it has been going on for many years it’s just lately both myself & the Fat Canyoners have been raising the profile or bringing it out of the shadows if you like, I feel if the public knows more about what it’s all about then hopefully the shock of coming across a nude walker will be less…

      I have shown my article to quite a few non nudeys & they have all commented to the effect that it looks like fun & could understand why I do it with even some saying that it made them feel like getting out there & doing it themselves.

      Society needs to loosen up about non sexual nudity & stop being offended :)

    • Hans Wellinger
      April 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Yes, you have to be a bit discreet. I have been walking in the nude in the Perth Darling Ranges for over 20 years and have not encountered any problems at all. I put it down to the fact that firstly I only walk during the week, never on a weekend. Secondly, I tend to walk cross country, navigating with compass, sun and map, rather than sticking to existing tracks. Mind you, since most of the Darling ranges are quarantined to private motoring traffic due to the Die-Back disease, using old and abandoned forestry tracks is generally quite save.
      Thirdly, I never walk anywhere of the more popular spots, eg picnic spots etc. As there are only a handful of those, it is very easy to avoid them.
      Fourthly, the Darling Ranges area is such a huge area, and, away from the main roads and the few popular parks and picnic spots, it is uninhabited and inaccessible without a fair bit of effort in the way of walking, that it is most unlikely that I will ever meet another walker, either bare or dressed, on any of my walks.

      • Neil Fahey
        April 3, 2014 at 9:54 am #

        Thanks for the comments, Hans. I’m loving the discussion on this post. I’m yet to try nude hiking myself but I will get there one day!

        Cheers
        Neil

  7. Tim Vollmer
    May 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Over the last 18 months or so I’ve become a bit of a nude bushwalking regular. I organise mine through my bushwalking club, and they’ve grown from two or three people to eight or nine on most trips — even when they’re on a work day!

    For those interested here are a few recent / favourite ones:
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2013/04/21/nude-yoga-kanuka-brook/
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2013/03/11/nude-yoga-walk/
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2012/05/09/nude-walk-in-the-mountains/
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2012/10/31/bedford-creek-nude-walk/

    But I haven’t stopped at nude bushwalking. We’ve even started doing abseiling and canyoning trips in the nude (include a nude abseiling trip at night in the Blue Mountains, which was a blast).
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2012/02/27/wdwdiitr-nude/
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2011/12/18/nude-canyoning/
    - http://fatcanyoners.org/2012/07/14/aussie-freezefest/

    The last is a personal favourite. Nude canyoning in the middle of winter! Bloody cold but great fun.

    Glad to hear so many others are interested in enjoying nature naturally.

    • Neil Fahey
      May 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Tim…

      I must say, the thought of doing anything involving ropes in the nude has really got me cringing!

      By the way, let me know if you’d ever like to guest post on Bushwalking Blog!

      Cheers
      Neil

      • Tim Vollmer
        May 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

        You do need to be a little more careful abseiling nude. In fact you need to change your technique quite a lot. Having to pay more attention / be more careful in many way adds to the fun. A little more adrenaline and much more deliberate movements!

        As for a guest post, I may take you up on it some time, although I have a hard enough time keeping my own blog updated!

        • Neil Fahey
          May 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

          I’d definitely be more than a little careful! :D It would certainly be an experience. I’ve always wanted to try canyoning, but maybe I should try it clothed first haha

          No worries about the guest post… I know how it is! Hit me up if/when you ever you want to.

          Cheers
          Neil

          • Tim Vollmer
            May 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

            Next time you’re up around Sydney in the warmer half of the year drop us a line and we’ll take you canyoning with us. Definitely best to begin clothed! Once you learn how to abseil it’s all pretty simple.

            • Neil Fahey
              May 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

              Sounds good! Thanks for the invite, Tim! :)

            • Michael Connolly
              May 8, 2013 at 8:46 am #

              Don’t forget to keep me in the loop!… I am yet to do a walk with the Fat Canyoners!

              PS: I have ran into Tim when I was on the way back from a walk & we were both clothed… that’s as close as it’s came to walking with each other so far LOL

              Michael

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