Take a hike, naked. It's a thing and has a day

Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:04am EDT
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By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - They marched nude by the hundreds through forests, by lakes and along mountain trails, with many hoping to go unnoticed.

For the most part, national Hike Naked Day went according to plan last Sunday although there were a few surprised people on the trails who came across hikers wearing as much clothing as the surrounding trees.

National Hike Naked Day is celebrated on the first day of summer and was likely started on the Appalachian Trail, its backers said. It is one of the many offshoots of the nudist lifestyle that include skydiving, cycling and whitewater rafting.

For its participants, it is also the most natural.

"Any hiking feeds the soul, but nude hiking frees the soul," said Steve Bosbach, 66, who led a group of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon to celebrate.

Bosbach started a naked hiking social group earlier this year and now has 26 members who like to take it off and take to the trails.

"Here in Oregon, we have fantastic hiking opportunities, and the state has a very liberal policy on nudity," he said.

The hikers often find each other through social media to plan their outings, with many devising strategies to avoid public notice on public lands.   Continued...