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Be honest: Do you find the prospect of naked hiking outrageously awesome, eerily intriguing, or appetite off-putting?

CARLO’S REPORTING TODAY on the legal success of a nude hiker in Appenzell, Switzerland, who was fined for “indecent behavior,” has us curious. Just how much interest is there for walking forest trails in the buff?

Quite a bit, it turns out. According to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Nude travel: holidays with cheek, nudist hiking paths are plentiful in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. There are some in Alaska and the Yukon as well (“Warning: This is bare country!”).

To find more, all you have to do is visit the Hiking Naked website. That’s right. There’s a website.

So, is this a trend Matadorians can leap into bare-ass first? Cast your vote below:

Would you ever walk around nekkid in the forest?

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • JoAnna

    It’s not that I’m opposed to people hiking in the nude, I just wouldn’t do it. I sunburn so easily I wear pants when it’s 100F and I’m white water rafting. No joke.

  • Adam Roy

    If I can make it down a trail naked without damaging myself, it’s probably not exciting enough for my tastes. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Anne

    Can nude hikers still wear sunhats?
    What’s the bandana situation?
    Is it safe to wear suncream all over?
    What about bugspray?

    I think I’d feel more worried than liberated on this hypothetical nude hike.

    • Hal Amen

      Okay, but assuming all your concerns were answered… ;)

  • Scene by Laurie

    Hiking is about enjoying nature and what’s more natural than your birthday suit, but gross…they may like the freedom but I don’t want to see it…especially hiking, when the body is moving around A LOT, but hey I come from a prudish American upbringing — I notice that the US wasn’t cited above.

  • joshua johnson

    I love that the results are damn near equal…personally it would have to depend on the weather and the amount of equipment I was packing…maybe a day stroll in the nude, or a jaunt around the block. But full-on hiking?…hmmmm

  • Matt K.

    I have to agree with the guy above me-going for a nice walk and clomping around the woods naked are two different beasts. Besides, the boots and socks that full-on hikes usually require sort of off-put the nudity of the entire experience. Add a backpack to that and you’re almost halfway covered.

    That said, if a bunch of my friends got together and wanted to do this, the answer would be a “hell yes” from me.

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