Hiking Sans Clothes — Naking!

I came across an article today, linked below, that addressed a familiar topic, hiking nude. This isn’t a new topic for Naturistthoughts. I’ve discussed it before in many posts. But this article covered it in a new and refreshing manner.


First, it introduced a term I’ve never heard of — “naking”, a combination of naked and hiking. I’ve always seen and used the term “freehiking”. But to be honest, I kind of like “naking”. It’s lighthearted, kind of cute. It conveys what nude hiking is — fun. “Freehiking” sounds more like you hiked but didn’t have to pay. Anyway, I like “naking” and may start using it now. Yeah….I know, big news.

But I also liked that this post was written by a woman about women. The blog isn’t really a naturist blog since it covers many topics. But obviously nude hiking is a topic near and dear to naturists everywhere.

Naking is for everyone! It isn’t about you look. It’s about how you feel. I’d say she feels great!

In the post, the author hit on a number of naturist values — positive body image, benefits of non-sexual nudity, empowerment, freedom, and enjoying nature. I think the message for women is exceptional and one that can’t be shouted loud enough — be empowered, revel in yourself, feel good about yourself, see your own beauty, don’t be defined by standards set by others (frequently men), your nude body is beautiful –enjoy it!

Personally, I love hiking nude. Letting every concern, every hang up, every stereotype by the side of the trail, along with my clothes, and leaping out into Mother Nature without a stitch is an exhilaration, joy, and kick in the butt few things can challenge. But….I know everyone doesn’t feel the same. Consequently, do it smartly, cautiously, and with consideration. I recommend you do the same. Find a secluded trail, a favorite spot. Take a friend, see if the mind. But however you do it…..do it! You won’t regret it!

Sleeping Nude

I came across this good video about sleeping nude.  View it here

For most naturists, one of our earliest forays into life sans clothes often occurs as children, in bed, sleeping. Why? Well, a variety of reasons. First and foremost, privacy. If you chose to sleep nude, it’s unlikely someone will find out, unless you have a sibling roomie. Then, yeah, they may break the code and rat you out, unless of course they have the same predilection as you.  

Secondly, as a kid, your room is your castle. There are few areas where you feel so confident and daring as in your room, particularly in your bed. So, willing to buck the jammies requirement and go rogue? Sure, why not! Finally, there is the element of time. Every day you have time in your room, in your bed, to enjoy the feeling of being nude. Similar opportunities don’t grow on trees. If you’re drawn to it as most naturists are, it’s a hard opportunity to pass up.

So, for the budding naturist, whether child or adult, bed time is a great chance to experiment with naked time. Speaking for me personally, I followed this well worn path as part of my naturist education. I came to be quite fond of taking off my “pajamas” and lying there, sans covers, au naturel, imagining what it would be like to be like this whenever and whenever I wanted. Usually I would put my “pajamas” back on before falling asleep. But several times I drifted off while nude, only to wake up the next morning, thrilled with the idea that I had spent the entire night nude.  

I became more and more partial to nighttime nude time and to make it easier on myself, gradually lessened my “pajamas” down from regular boys pajamas, to shorts and a shirt with underwear, to losing the underwear, to just shorts sans underwear. It was as close to nude as I could get and I became quite adept at getting in and out of them quickly.  

I’m not sure when exactly, but well into adulthood, I eventually came to skip shorts or underwear or anything and began sleeping nude full time. That was at least twenty years ago, about the time I first began spending time openly nude around our home. Short of wearing a pair of shorts when staying with friends or family, I’ve never looked back. To me, sleeping in anything other than your birthday suit is slightly akin to torture, for all the reasons displayed on this video.  

For me, sleeping nude = sleeping good.  

Dude…..You’re Nude!

If this is how you enjoy most mornings, could you do so with non-naturist guests over? How about at a friends house? Maybe….if you’re willing to consider it.

“Yes I am…..and loving it”!

An oft discussed topic, to the point of monotony, is how to move naturism into the mainstream. In other words, how to make it so you can sit out in your back yard nude without fear of someone seeing, you getting arrested, labeled a sexual predator, losing your job, and pretty much ruining your life. Ok, maybe I took that to an extreme….maybe not.  

But anyway, a lot of people point to events such as The Naked Bike Ride as a good example of an event that supports this idea by placing simple non-sexual nudity into the public spectrum. Among other things, to some, it can desexualize nudity and allow it to be seen as something generally harmless. To others, it remains a pariah. I’m not here to argue that one way or the other. But I believe one of the most effective means of normalizing nudity is simply by going nude, when you can, when it’s safe, amongst non-nudists.  

Just because they aren’t nude, doesn’t mean you can’t be.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “duh”! Let me expand on that a bit. I’ve written about this before in the post entitled, Standing Out In a Crowd. In it, I extolled the benefits of a “clothing optional” approach. Now, some naturists are very anti-clothing optional, since, among other reasons, it essentially permits voyeurs into naturist venues. Others embrace clothing optional since it allows people more freedom to choose what is right for them, at that time, at that location, on that day. I tend to fall more in the latter side of the argument than the former, although I can see truth in both sides. But I’m not talking about resorts or clubs. I’m talking about homes, friends homes, camping, boating, whatever.  

Among family and friends, I don’t believe you’ll find too many naturists who don’t agree that if you have the opportunity to go nude, do it! Don’t shock, offend, or impose. But if you take the time to ask and explain, you may very well find acceptance. And by doing so, what do the others learn — nudity isn’t that big of a deal; you’re still the same person as before. The key is, you have to consider it, you have to be willing to bring it up. If you don’t, likely you’re missing out on some wonderful naturist experiences. 

Love of friends and family can easily overcome differing feelings about being nude.

I have had such good experiences with those I’ve shared my naturist lifestyle with that I will admit that I do find myself actually looking forward to the next opportunity — “who should I tell next?” However, I continue to be very selective. I don’t just feel the need to tell someone, just for its own sake. I don’t want my enthusiasm to ruin a good thing. But if given the opportunity to be nude among a group of understanding, accommodating, non-naturist friends or family…..I won’t hesitate.  

The runner up to being nude among naturists, being nude among non-naturists.

Have you ever gone nude among non-naturist friends?  

Male Nudity Can’t be Beautiful….Right?

I come across this artistic nude today and found it to be quite thought provoking. It’s not a naturist photo. Many would say it’s more sexual than anything. Not my thing usually. I’d rather see a 50-yr old couple out hiking nude than a 21-year old nude Adonis. But that’s ok. I’ve got a point here. I was struck with how beautiful it was but juxtaposed that with how many people would find it otherwise. Some might balk at the nudity, others would find it displeasurable since it shows a mans penis, others because the mans penis is semi-erect. I find all three of those objections completely absurd. I’m not saying people aren’t entitled to them, I just can’t identify with them at all.  

It is beautiful. It’s a fact.

Female nudity is so much more accepted than the male. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a longtime fan of female nudity. The nude female form is stunning. However, to see one nude gender as graceful, angelic, artistic, and 1,000 more positive descriptors, while viewing the other gender in the complete opposite manner, doesn’t make sense to me. 

Breakdown the barriers. Call a spade a spade. Be honest. It’s beautiful.  

My personal growth as a naturist has enabled me to come to be much more open and accepting about the beauty in both genders. It has nothing to do with sexuality. It’s simply a willingness to see beauty rather than denying it as a fact and truth. I think women evolved to this position much much sooner than men. Most women can see a nude woman and easily find beauty, even enjoyment in her nudity. Men….well, doing likewise with a nude man, and openly admitting it, is still a leap for us. Come on dudes…..lets keep evolving shall we?

So yes, a male nude, semi erect penis and all, can be beautiful. And yes, a heterosexual naturist man can say that. 

Naturist Health

“You’ve always got your health”, or so the saying goes. But do you?  

A healthy lifestyle is overlooked by far too many people. This is particularly the case in our “mid-life years” where our metabolism slows down, the body starts to creak a bit, and we get increasingly busy with our careers. The point is, we stop investing in ourselves.  

Now, many will extrapolate those words to assume I’m talking about working out and being fit. Well, sure, that’s part of it. But I’m not a believer that you have to have 6-pack abs and a tiny waist to mean you are living a healthy lifestyle. You can have both of those things while being anything but healthy. No, to me, a healthy lifestyle has a number of different aspects to include nutritional diet, fitness regime, spiritual wellness, and mental acuity. 

For me personally, naturism supports all of these aspects. I truly find that the more I’m nude outdoors, the more active I am and the better, and less, I eat. My spirit, my mood, my emotional health, all benefit. 

When you look back to the early roots of European naturism, it was very much based as a means to health. People weren’t sitting on the couch nude staring at their 1920 version of the iPad, called a book I believe. At least that wasn’t their only activity. No, they were in groups, nude, outdoors, and active. Did they have it all figured out? No, of course not. But linking naturism to health….I think they were on to something there.

I recall seeing a photo in a fashion magazine when I was a tweener. Why was I looking through a fashion magazine? Well….I was a growing boy. You figure it out. And in this day, I struck gold. The photo I came across stood out to me because the young woman in the photo was completely nude. Of course, she was strategically positioned so you couldn’t see anything, not that it mattered to me at the time. My adolescent brain could fill in the blanks. But my emerging naturist side was intrigued by the message — do something for your spirit, your confidence….for yourself, spend part of your day nude. Needless to say, I was buoyed by coming across someone preaching what I enjoyed doing whenever I could. It was another hint that I wasn’t alone.  

But the message of that photo still holds true today. Spending time nude can be of great benefit to your mental health, your spirit, your energy, your outlook, your disposition, the very essence of what makes you, you.  

So naturists, take care of yourselves. Stay active, eat well, exercise, be social, embrace you and take life head on. And, when you can….do it bare ass naked! You’ll be better for it!

In the Open

I whole heartedly agree. Being able to be open about your naturist life is every bit as liberating as discovering and embracing naturism in the first place. However, it’s not necessarily easy. Most naturists have friends or family who know, and those who don’t. It depends on you, them, and your relationship to determine who falls into what category. For some, it’s simple — you just know they won’t mind, will be accepting, might even be intrigued. But others, by word or deed, you just know it wouldn’t go well.  

But unfortunately, too many would-be naturists so fear rejection, that they rarely, if ever, broach the subject, with anyone. While that’s ok and a personal choice, I can’t help but feel a little sad about it. To imagine that simply being nude, you at your most basic, could carry such baggage with it.  But it can. However, simply because some are more free with their naturist life, doesn’t mean they should feel empowered to sit in judgement of those still in the closet.  They aren’t more or better of a naturist than anyone else.  They are just in a different place.

I came across the photo below this morning and was so taken with it. It’s such a beautiful naturist photo. To many it represents a dream — the ability to be outdoors, on your deck, patio, or lanai, nude, enjoying the day. Not hidden behind closed doors, blinds, and curtains. For some, this is an unattainable utopia. For others, the fulfillment of a dream.  

I’m happy to say that I’ve been lucky enough to have such a situation in many of the places I’ve lived or visited over the years. But I’m sorry to say that, for the fear of rejection I mentioned previously, I didn’t take advantage of them all. But that’s no longer the case. I am much more attune to and willing to explore naturist opportunities when they present themselves, some by happenstance, some by design. 

One of my most memorable such occasions was during a vacation my family and I took years ago. We had rented a villa in the mountains and had arrived the night before. Since it was dark, when I arose early the next morning I was unsure of the land and privacy around the home. So, I went exploring. I was pleasantly surprised that the privacy was much better than I had expected, allowing for much more a naturist holiday that I had hoped.  

As I took photos of the villa, I was surprised to find my wife, totally nude, lying by the pool. Apparently, she had the same impression! As a much less frequent naturist than myself, I was overjoyed to see her enjoying the sun, the warmth, and her beautiful body I love. I was very proud of her. She had come across a nude opportunity and took advantage of it, with little to no concern.  

We were nude around the villa for most of that vacation. Inside, outside, swimming, sunning, reading, cooking, eating, lounging, playing games with the kids, listening to music…it didn’t matter. It was like finally arriving someplace you’ve always wanted to go, but thought you’d never get there. Pure bliss.  

So to closet naturists out there, you’re fine. Go at your own pace. Walk into the light if and when you’re ready. But don’t build up such trepidation that you never dive in. I assure you…the water is fine.  

The Fear of Nudity

Sometimes in reading the nudie news and the regular news, you find common threads. In my morning perusal I first came across an article about ESPNs The Body Issue. For those not aware, this issue focuses on the athletic body of various athletes photographed nude, but obscuring “their private bits” with all manners of creative means. Although, some are more visibly nude than others such as gymnast Ali Reisman, in what I can only describe as a stunningly beautiful picture of an athlete in her prime.  

But this year, one of The Body covers features a nude male football player….and the sporting male population apparently can’t handle the sight of it. Well, at least many of those who took to Twitter can’t handle it. Yet another example of men’s homophobic fears over seeing and enjoying the site of a nude man. Simply absurd.  

Men, it’s time to evolve a bit. Get over it. Yes….other men have bodies, complete with penises and butts. And yes, some of them are beautiful. If women are able to look at a nude woman and see beauty, why do you think it’s impossible for men to achieve such a feat? Guys…..it’s ok. You aren’t going to die, go to hell, lose friends, or turn gay. He’s just naked!  

Fellas….it’s ok….don’t be scared of enjoying male nudity. He has a great body…His penis looks nice. You can say it out loud.

Another “news” article I stumbled upon….ok, it isn’t news, it’s just one of those silly items that shows up in my yahoo daily news feed, usually focused on celebrities and other items I’m not interested in. But anyway, this one was once again about someone having an issue with nudity, or in this case semi-nudity, in regards to women swimwear bottoms and their apparent need to take to Twitter to share their displeasure. Basically, the Twitterite doesn’t care to see so much booty cheek. She’s convinced it will scar her and her toddler for life. The consensus among responses — get over it lady, it’s just a butt.  
As a naturist, I can’t help but find both of these reactions to simple nudity to be anything other than comical. I understand societal norms and how they have come to be. And I’m not a believer that nudity should be ok anywhere, anytime. But to be so shocked or dismayed by the sight of a butt, breast, or penis, that you feel the need to denounce them as dirty, inappropriate, practically evil……that you actually fear the sight of a nude human body…..I mean, seriously!? You’ve got the same parts, at least some of them. What are you scared of? You think THIS is going to erode our society? I can turn on the television any evening and watch someone being beaten or killed, and the sight of a butt is what you’re worried about?  

Don’t be scared….it’s just a penis.

The nude human body is beautiful. It is! And I thank god for people who can understand and appreciate that; who can be comfortable around nudity; who can accept and tolerate other’s desire to be nude or semi-nude at a beach, a pool, or a park.  Nude isn’t rude….it’s beautiful. Fear not!

Naturist Training

Avid and well regarded naturist writer Will Forest authored an interesting article in his blog, Naturist Scribe, this week addressing naturist “training” . In other words, a process of gradually exploring the naturist lifestyle rather than just diving into the deep end.  

I think this “process” is something many can relate to. After all, as Will points out, we train for most everything — research, asking friends, reading “how to” books or blogs, getting beginner equipment, lessons, etc…. Why should naturism be any different?  

Learning the do’s and dont’s of freehiking

Ive written many times on that “first step” every naturist takes. Not their first time at a nude beach, club, or resort, although that is certainly a watershed event. But their first time choosing nude, accepting it, admitting that they want it, embracing it, rejecting societal labels. For all of us, that is a big moment. From my perspective, that’s your first “lesson”. 

For many naturists, that “lesson” happens quite innocently, often times as children, where we simply choose to be nude because we like it. Usually, no one tells us about it or shows us how, when, or where. We just discover it.  

As an early riser for most of my life, I distinctly remember as a young child, on early summer mornings, before anyone else was awake, choosing to play with my toys nude. Why? Because I liked it. Basic as that. Did anyone teach me or show me? Did I hear about it from someone else? No, I seriously doubt it. I was just drawn to the idea of being nude. But likewise, I knew to dress before anyone else got up and discovered me and my clandestine hobby.  

But later in life, I did informally train myself as a naturist as I began to explore more and more nude opportunities, expanding my horizons. First time nude with someone else, first time telling someone about it, first time outdoors, first time swimming, etc…. Those events didn’t just happen, they were things I gradually worked up to and sought out. Furthermore, I learned the naturist vernacular, discovered its principles, and was trained on naturist etiquette.  It’s a process all of us go though.  Some are taught or mentored by others, some travel the road solo.  But we all train.

Coming to enjoy everyday tasks nude is something all naturists eventually discover

Today, my training continues as it does for everyone. Part of life — becoming a better person, a better father, better husband, and…..a better naturist. To get better, you have to train and practice. Fortunately, practice is fun!

Good Advice….Maybe

There’s a very interesting article making itself known among the naturist community.  It involves a number of Brittons enjoying the warm weather in their back gardens au naturel.  Apparently that has upset some neighbor’s to the point that the police are getting a significant number of calls.  


The naturist in me can’t help but ask, calls for what?  Because someone is nude on their own property?  I’m not about to walk nude down the High Street but sunning nude in your own garden hardly seems worthy of law enforcement involvement.  Did they try discussing it first — “could you please be more discreet….I don’t want to see you nude”?  Maybe they did and calling the police was a last resort.  Can’t tell from the article.

Having a “naturist zone” in your backyard where you can be nude is always a plus.

But neighbor’s have to be able to coexist.  Not saying they have to be lifelong friends, although that’s nice.  But there has to be a certain amount of give and take.  Obviously I’m ok with backyard nudity.  But, trying to see it from their perspective, I’m certainly more than willing to be discreet.  But likewise, please be wiling to respect my beliefs and seek a compromise.  

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had to have the “naturism” talk with a neighbor.  But as mentioned in my last post, there were some that I suspected would have been more understanding than others.  Over the many places we have lived, I’ve either chosen to be very discreet, conversation not necessary, or to forgo outdoor naturist activities while we lived there.  Simply put, my naturist activities weren’t important enough to sour relationships with neighbors who, although nice people, I knew would not understand.  I simply found other means of enjoying my naturist pastime.  

However, I absolutely loved the advice provided by the Police “Budding naturists are encouraged to have a chat with their neighbours and explain that they: want to sunbathe without clothes, have no wish to offend them, will be discreet and hope they will not object.”  It’s a sound approach.  But you have to know you’re neighbors.  Some might be receptive, willing to compromise, tolerant.  Others, not so much.  In fact, in some cases, bringing the subject up, out of the blue, might actually create a problem where one didn’t exist previously.  

My unsolicited advice is simply this.   

Naturists — Explore your back gardens for safe outdoor naturist areas.  Being nude outdoors is a wonderful experience and worth it, even in a limited capacity.  Be willing to be discreet for the sake of your neighbors.  If you have a good relationship and suspect they might be understanding, bring it up, ask!

Neighbors — It’s a human body.  Just like yours.  Don’t make a big deal out of nothing.  Be willing to understand and compromise.  They promise to be discreet.  They aren’t up to anything naughty.  They are the same good neighbors you had before….just naked.  

Opportunities Lost?

I saw the above photo today and, with its very retro feel, it reminded me of an experience I had years ago, although not as far back as this picture. Mine was in the early 2000s, not the ’70s. Nevertheless, I thought I might share.

At the time, my family and I were living in New England. We were renting a beautiful house on a large plot of land, more or less in the country. The house was very open with lots of windows and beautiful views. Although we had neighbors, they were fairly far away. To you all, my fellow nudies, you can connect the dots — this was a very naturist friendly home. 

On this day, it was absolutely beautiful. Warm, sunny, clear, with a gentle breeze….perfect. We didn’t have air conditioning but on a day like this you didn’t need it. With the windows and doors open there was plenty if airflow through the house.

I had some work to do and was the only one home. As was typical on a day at home, particularly one alone, I was nude. It felt wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable.  The openness of the house made it feel like being outside, even though I was inside doing some reading. 

I got up to get a drink and paused for a moment, looking out the windows at the back of the property, down towards the inlet behind the house. Could it be any more beautiful and perfect than this? I walked on to the fridge and opened it up to see what we had. The fridge light further illuminated my nude body as I took a moment glancing down. I loved being nude, particularly when I could be so open about it. What a great day.

Just then there was a knock at the screen door. “Someone’s here” I thought. “No one comes by our house”. 
My eyes darted in that direction since it was only about 10 feet away. There stood our neighbor. She was holding a box and looking right at me. I quickly debated about whether or not she could see me and the fact that I was nude. Was the sunlight on the screen blocking her view? She was a nice older woman, a widow who was in the process of moving. I stood frozen for a moment or two longer, slowly closing the fridge door to decrease the backlighting of my nude form.  

She glanced away slightly and called out, “hello there, it’s xxxx from next door”. 

“Just a moment” I called out. When I did she looked right at me again. I was convinced she could see me.  

I had a choice. Back up and run to put something on or just go answer the door. The former was the obvious choice. I could quickly thrown on shorts and a t-shirt and be right back. It was the considerate and polite thing to do. After all, I didn’t want to shock her. She was a nice lady.  

So I started to back up and called out, “just a moment, I’ll be right there”.  

I made my way back though the kitchen to our room, quickly put on some clothes and returned to the door where we had a conversation about some items she was going to throw away in preparation for her move.  Not a word was said about my nudity. 

All this was very reminiscent of the time my sister nearly walked in on me nude at home. Now, just as then, I had a choice of how to handle it. Both times, I chose to take the safe route.  

But I’ve often wondered two things. First, did she see me? She didn’t mention it at all. After she left I went out to where she was standing and looked in, just as she had been. I could easily see details within the kitchen. It was just a matter of whether or not she was actually focusing in, or just gazing in the general direction. I’ll never know.

Secondly, what would have happened if I had just walked to the door nude, or had called out that I was naked and did she mind, or something along those lines. The LAST thing I wanted to do was be disrespectful to my neighbor or shock her in any way. Shocking someone with your nudity is never a good idea. But for whatever reason, and I really have no data to back this up, I suspect she would have been fine with it. Just a gut feeling I suppose.  

I’m not part of the “it’s my house got over it” club. I don’t answer the door nude.  I don’t impose my nudity in my guests. That’s just not me. I like to think I’m a very considerate person and the comfort of my guests is important to me. But…..if they truly are comfortable with my nudity, then why not?  How will you know unless you ask?  

I’ve felt very rewarded the times I’ve broached the subject.  But admittedly, I’ve been highly selective on when and with who.  But I’ve never regretted bringing it up.  And if the answer is ever, “please don’t” or “I’d rather you not” that’s fine too.  I wouldn’t ask unless I was ok with both answers.  But the key is, you cant always run and hide.  After a while, it just gets old.  You have to be you.  

So the big  lesson for me was, once again, be aware when naturist opportunities present themselves and be receptive to them. That doesn’t mean, take every one. But likewise, don’t shun them off as if they’re impossible. Consider all factors but be open.  You’d be surprised how many times something wonderful can spring out of nowhere.