A year ago, I wrote a post about naked hiking, or free-hiking, which I am revising as I look forward to more such adventures this coming season of warmth and sunshine on the prairies. It is raining as I visit extended family and I find myself with a bit of time to spend here to prepare this post. The women are out shopping and my brother-in-law is working on his computer. Later we will finish up the task of making smoked sausages. When we return home at the end of the weekend, the weather is supposed to great for a return to hiking.
Free-hiking on the prairies, summer 2017
When the temperatures and conditions are right, I will soon able to find myself walking in nature completely divested of clothing. The hills shown to the left, are only eight kilometres from the town in which I live, here on the Canadian prairies.
Hiking has to rank up there as one of my favourite pastimes. Hiking while free of clothing is an experience that is hard to describe to others who find extended walks a challenge – mentally or physically. And even with others who enjoy hiking, to contemplate hiking while nude is even more of a challenge. Yet, when a person has dared to try this, there is a curious shift in body perception. It is as thought for the first time, one can truly breathe deeply.
I almost always hike nude alone. Most of the time when I am with others, there is a need to be wearing hiking clothes. Hiking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in 2015, was a shared hiking experience with many, many others. Last spring i hiked in Eastern Europe in a group of ten hikers. And, as with the Camino, we all wore clothing.
Free-hiking in France – NatFree
Yet, having experienced hiking nude, the desire to share this experience with others is something that I have set in my “bucket list.” And this is a real possibility as there is a group that hikes in Europe every year, the Naked European Walking Tour [NEWT], where participants from various countries gather together to spend a week in Austria doing daily nude hikes through the mountainscapes.
Natfree, kindly gave permission for the use of a photo [above to the right] that gives one an idea of the experience of free-hiking. The photo was taken early spring in France. Natfree, who organises these and the NEWT walks, is also part of an online site dedicated to Nude Hiking – Les Marcheurs Nus du Val de Roanne.
Free-hiking in September, 2017
Looking forward to this coming season, I anticipate more free-hiking opportunities than I have been able to experience in the past. There are a few paths I explored that look promising. All I have to do is to seize the opportunities that present themselves such as with the trail I chanced for a short distance last autumn pictured to the left. Another trail was found in the parkland area of the prairies [treed areas around farmland] which I hope to try while skyclad at the end of the month when I spend a week at Green Haven.
Who knows, perhaps this year will provide me with even more nude-hiking, free-hiking, experiences.