There is nothing more freeing than being out in nature. Except, perhaps, being out in nature…completely naked?
This somewhat niche activity encourages hikers to shed their skivvies and experience nature in its purest form, unrestricted by the burden of clothing and peer judgement. What’s more, it has its own informal holiday to celebrate the joys of hiking Adam-and-Eve-style: Naked Hiking Day.
Before I get into details of why you might want to shed your clothes on the trail and how you might best go about it, I was really curious about public attitudes towards nude hiking. So in May 2019 I asked America the following multiple choice question:
June 21st is “Naked Hiking Day”. Which of the following statements best describes your attitude towards naked hiking:
- It’s fine, I have no problem with it
- It should only be allowed in specific places
- It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere
- It sounds fun!
I polled 1,505 adult Americans between 24th and 27th May 2019 through Google surveys, weighted to account for Age, Gender and Region, with the answers displaying in a random order.
Here’s the result:
The first thing I noticed was, although the least popular option, nearly 15% of Americans think naked hiking sounds fun. That equates to 35 million people!
Source: Effortless Outdoors
Original publication 17 June 2019
Posted on NatCorn 2nd August 2019