Whoa! Is that dude naked?

Imagine you were fulfilling a lifelong dream to hike in the Swiss Alps. And suddenly, the amazing scenery is interrupted by the troop of nude hikers that just passed you by.

Seriously. Read about the nude hiking enthusiasts in this story from the New York Times.

The discussion in Switzerland, specifically a town called Appenzell, is that families or young children might encounter the nudists. Or other hikers who are offended by nudity might receive an unwelcome surprise.

Elsewhere, some resorts cater to nudist travelers. The so-called “nakation” can relieve stress, proponents say. A nudist resort can also be wallet-friendly in that parks may charge only a day fee and in that the experience is a lot like camping in the buff. (Read about some U.S. nudist resorts here.) North Georgia even has some resorts for the clothing optional crowd, and some welcome the entire family.

Have you ever taken a nudist vacation? What is your favorite resort?

50 comments Add your comment

Often Disappointed/Never Surprised!

April 9th, 2009
11:18 am

It pains me to think about and relive my experience with clothing optional beaches. My experience in Cancun was quite alarming to say the least. Ironically, my particular resort was not clothing optional, however, the beach was not closed off. The nudies tended to wander down toward our end of the beach. Truly I believe that the body is a beautiful design, and when taken care of it is a pleasure to behold. Now back to reality. Ideal bodies are not always the case. But, to each his own. I just believe retirement communities and clothing optional beaches should not combine. At least that appeared to be the case. Or maybe they just offered discounts to seniors. (I know that not all seniors have given in to gravity, but largely it is the case!) I blame the magazines. Dammit Plaboy! You ruined it with your perfect bodies. Thanks a lot Hugh! (Smile)

Mike

April 9th, 2009
11:23 am

No, but I painted the outside of my house in the nude once.

owlafaye

April 9th, 2009
11:25 am

Nude people are rather a Ho Hum affair. Being nude with a large crowd is forgettable in about 20 minutes. We are increasingly getting over our Victorian prudishness and starting to get a grip on reality…this is good. Maybe the sin shouters will be over whelmed by large nude demonstrations and protests…this is VERY good. They control you through sex remember? Everybody does it, over and over so make it a sin…I am for reducing the clown quotient in America.

Declan

April 9th, 2009
11:56 am

I have often wondered what it would be like. I have to agree with the above person who posted the fist comment. The human body is beautiful by design. I’m writing a story about a nude beach. Perhaps I should go, for information puposes.

Steve

April 9th, 2009
12:12 pm

Delores – NO we dont want to know

huckleberry

April 9th, 2009
12:18 pm

Lol, why is that here, is CEO of Delta is a nudist? Wouldn’t there be a risk of one of his employees spot him from the air, haha. Was the landing gear down or raised, lol. That is one of the most retarded letters I’ve ever seen. Well, in the last 48 hours, anyway. What is it with old people and the CAPS key, anyway? Maybe she should go to a nudist beach and chill out, she will feel better.

Richard Anderson

April 9th, 2009
12:41 pm

Well Delores. I don’t know how you knew I would read this nudist article but you did. I guess that is what they mean by anticipating where the puck will go. Anyway, got your message and I will talk to the Delta website guys, all of my representatives and all of my customer service people and tell them to function properly. Sorry. Rich

David S

April 9th, 2009
12:54 pm

Nude is the way god made us. Could it be that our problems with nudity, etc. are the source of so many of our sexual, interpersonal, and body image problems? No, must be something else.

Funny how we claim to be the freeest nation on earth (so far off at this point that even the claim should bring a smirk to your face) yet what you don’t, what you put into your body, what you do with your body, etc. are the least free things in our society.

Besides, if you run accross a guy hiking nude in the cold Alps, how much will there be visible to offend your sensibilities anyway.

Storm

April 9th, 2009
12:55 pm

Why do people have a problem with the naked body. We all have one. People shield their kids from nudity, GASP, that person has a body, just like everyone else. Stupid. I walk around my house nekkid all the time. Freedom. I hate wearing clothes.

David S

April 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

I think the reason Delta is included is because the TSA is so paranoid and so ineffective, we will all likely be forced to fly naked soon just to make sure we aren’t smuggling anything like a toothpick that could be used to blow up a plane.

Steve

April 9th, 2009
1:33 pm

Delores is an idiot . . .
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Hugh Johnson

April 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

I love doing the whirly bird naked.

Eric

April 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

I only take nude vacations. If I can’t go nude, I don’t go at all. And lucky for me, there are lots of available options. My favorites are Cape d Agde in France and Club Orient on St Maartin.

Michael

April 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

I have no problem with nudity at all. In fact, I’m frequently nude inside and outside my home. People should get over their insecurities and accept that everyone had a body.

ryan

April 9th, 2009
2:57 pm

Nudity is Ok (inside your home) in my book. Not because I’m prudish but as people have mentioned you have to take the good with the bad and you see a lot more bad then good.

I have to think the Dalores post is either a joke or a mean-spirited action because who really posts their personal information to the web?? I reported the comment simply because of the personal information (not to mention it had nothing to do with the article.) Hopefully it will be removed.

JM

April 9th, 2009
3:03 pm

It’s the same old story — always, the ones that should cover up the most are the ones that think they’re the sexiest/most attractive. Jeff Foxworthy did a relevant routine about this subject. Most people aren’t that great-looking with their clothes ON; I sure don’t want to pay to see them jiggle and sag!

Mary

April 9th, 2009
3:18 pm

Michael, what’s your last name?

cj

April 9th, 2009
3:25 pm

Nude sexual deviants/perverts walking around flashing your children: this is why Handguns can never be outlawed.

I see this is another “I hate Christians” site…have fun, and enjoy your freedom exposing yourself…

Storm

April 9th, 2009
3:29 pm

So cj, I guess every time you undress and shower, you are a Nude sexual deviant/pervert flashing your children. GASP!!! What will they think?

And what the hell does that have to do with handguns????? Should we shoot all the nekkid people?

cj

April 9th, 2009
3:34 pm

storm…I don’t walk around naked around any children, do you? I so, you need to be arrested

mattie

April 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

My husband and I have gone to Orient Beach in St. Martin for the past two years. We don’t stay at Club Orient, but we walk down to the nude beach to sun bathe. I like it, he loves it, and it’s great to keep the fires burning. The people who frequent the nude beaches and resorts are respectful of others, and there is no staring. That comes from the US tourists off the cruise ships. I’ve seen a father and his young teen sons repeatedly walk the nude beach, just to get an eyeful.

Goober

April 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail have a week in the summer when they hike in the buff. I don’t remember which week, but my son hiked the Trail and honored the undress code along with most of the rest of them.

ranjef

April 9th, 2009
4:05 pm

Those of you that prefer all your nudes to be in pristine shape evidently don’t “get it”. the Victorian attitude towards nudity that we have all been subjected to are only as archaic as the the idea that everybody needs to match a certain standard before they can take their clothes off. No, I am not 5′5″ and 5 feet tall. In fact, I am 6′ 3″ and an athletic build. But many of my friends at the clothing optional resort in which I reside full time are far from perfect in regards to their bodies – but if the body is all you care about, I doubt you can be more shallow without getting out of the pool completely.

Our community enjoys a vibrant and healthy social life. The friendships that I have formed here are as close as any I have ever had. The idea is not to compare bodies, but hearts.

Goober

April 9th, 2009
4:18 pm

A lot of noses, ears, toes and men’s units aren’t all that great to look at. At least one of those is pretty much hidden most of the time.

campnbare

April 9th, 2009
4:31 pm

Happy Happy Joey Joey Happy Happy Joey…. The season is upon us – let’s get in the mude (sic) to camp in the nude!

Justmy2cents

April 9th, 2009
4:34 pm

I don’t take nude vacations, but one of the resorts I go to has a nude beach. It is completely separate from the clothing side as to not “offend” anyone and protects the nudies from gawkers. It is completely non-sexual and there is no swinging or swapping. It is relaxing to lay out in the sun and don’t have to worry about damp swimsuits, tan lines, etc. Everyone should try it at least once.

Faith Dawson

April 9th, 2009
4:39 pm

I tried to find some info on Hike Naked Day 2009, and instead found this Web site: http://www.hikingnaked.com/. The regional page is broken down by state, and there are several naked hikers in Georgia.

MOT

April 9th, 2009
5:06 pm

As noted, we were born nude. I imagine that we did run around nude for a time back “in the beginning, and I imagine that the daily scrapes, bruising,etc, as well as things dangling and jiggling called for an invention to cover things up. Back then folks probably saw it as perverted to cover up and use the “new fangled invention” called clothes, just as folks see nudity as perverted. It is all a cycle. Who knows, maybe one day we will be back to total nudity only to realize/remember how much more comfortable it was to keep from getting scraped, caught, pinched, burned, frostbit, etc.

Nature Boy

April 9th, 2009
6:07 pm

Its NUDE, not LEWD ! Few people have perfect bodies. Thats what you will encounter at a nudist resort, any of the 3 or 4 in North Georgia. Nudity breaks down social barriers. You can’t tell a banker from a bus driver. You won’t find staring when everyone is nude! Nothing better than jumping in the pool or hot tub, and having the sun’s rays dry you off. Its the least sexually charged place you will experience.

Zedd

April 9th, 2009
6:18 pm

cj is obviously off his/her meds. Handguns???

cj

April 9th, 2009
6:35 pm

zedd,
yes, handguns to protect you from sexual deviants who get off on exposing themselves to your children.

kwazzi

April 9th, 2009
7:47 pm

i am reading this article in the nude

J-Tex

April 9th, 2009
7:58 pm

I always enjoy it when the slightest hint of criticism causes someone to accuse someone else of being a “Christian hater”, yet when some fundamentalist ultra-conservative type Christian stands up and demands that books they don’t like be removed from all libraries, they are just “defending their faith”.

cj

April 9th, 2009
8:01 pm

JTEX—get used to it…it’s called freedom of speech, which you obviously believe that you and your nudy left-wing buddies hold the monopoly on…I’ll gladly take the hit as a “fundamentalist ultra-conservative type” on behalf of the rest of those who are clothed and in their right mind…

Rob

April 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

Americans are so Prudish!

Cool Hand Luke

April 9th, 2009
11:53 pm

I remember when I first joined the Army & saw my first uncircumcised man. I remember it looked like an anteater with goiters. I was deeply saddened because I knew then that he would never know love. I don’t wish to see this on the beach anymore than I would wish to see a dead catfish.

Steve

April 10th, 2009
12:30 am

cj is an idiot . . .
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Nude Not Prude

April 10th, 2009
6:46 am

Going nude is wonderful. I do it at home and at nudist camps and beaches. The freedom is wonderful. And when you’re surrounded by others who are nude, you get that feeling that we truly are all the same. The class “barriers” are broken. Frankly, those who’ve never gone to nude beaches or camps should try it at least once before they criticize anyone. Sure there are jerks who will come to stare or do something stupid, but that’s when you alert management or police. Oh-many beaches have lifeguard/police patrols and camps and other resorts often have their own security. We do need to get over our negative attitudes about nudity.

Storm

April 10th, 2009
8:38 am

cj – I walk around naked in front of my kids……got a problem with that? Too bad……my house, my rules. sorry you are such a prude. you probably shower with clothes on……

Conservative nudists

April 10th, 2009
10:22 am

CJ, I am part owner of a small nudist property in central Florida, I am as conservative as most people you know.
The majority of members at my club are conservatives!
I have a family, and yes my children are nudists too, I go to church, I believe in GOD, I tithe, I pay my taxes and probably a large portion of yours… On my more liberal side, I believe abortions are bad, but I don’t think they should be outlawed, that is between a woman and her maker, I don’t care if a gay couple gets married or has a civil union, whatever you call it… and, I am a nudist!
There are no sex shows going on at a nudist resort, there are no public stripper poles, there are no lap dances, it is NOT about perversion, it is about freedom and enjoying yourself.
Loosen up.
Nudity by itself should not be offensive. However, overt sexual behavior in a public place is not a good idea!
It is also hard to understand the tone of the original article, the writer seems surprised that there are actually nudist resorts in GA “and some EVEN allow the entire family.”
Children who are raised to not be offended by the human body make great physicians and scientists, they have not been taught shame. Shame is not a productive trait, go back and watch “Oh God” with George Burns.
Nudist resorts and nudist activities are everywhere! Seek and you shall find one near you. If you run across naked hikers in the future, and it bothers you, look them in the eye, not below the belt, it may be your son or daughter!

Faith Dawson

April 10th, 2009
10:36 am

Conservative nudists: You’re right, my statement on camps/parks that allow entire families is not objective. Thanks for taking the time to write.

lakewoodlouie

April 10th, 2009
10:56 am

I’ve been a nudist and have been going to Paradise Valley (formally Hidden Valley)for 16 years. Anyone that hasn’t been there (or to any nudist resort) can’t possibly know enough to even make a comment. Before I went , I could count the close friendships I had on one hand. The close friendships I have now are more than I could have ever imagined. Visiting a nudist resort is nothing like a lot of the post here seem to think it is. It is definitely not about sex, it’s about freedom.You meet people as they really are without all of the preconcieved judgements clothing creates. When you are nude you don’t know if the person next to you is the CEO of a national company,a doctor (I’ve met several)a Lawyer (we do forgive them for that)a celebrity (yes met some too) or just an average person like myself.

Maude

April 10th, 2009
2:48 pm

My husband and I are both members of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), and we take at least one Nakation (nude vacation) per year. Our five children always go with us. All of the resorts we have visited have been family-friendly and wonderful. Before you knock the nudists, visit http://www.aanr.com and read more about it. You will wish you had become a nudist sooner.

Willy Jack

April 10th, 2009
3:19 pm

Nude vacations are the most inexpensive way to travel. I recommend it to everyone. My favorite resorts are Abbott’s Glen in Vermont and Cypress Cove in Florida.

campnbare

April 10th, 2009
3:32 pm

Being German and being familiar with the German lifestyle, I have no problems with nudity. For instance, in Germany whole families go to the bath houses where one would enjoy the bath right next to grandma and uncle and cousins and siblings. American people definitely would have a problem with that, but, as for not throwing the baby out with the bath water…. at least one can enjoy the accommodations available to them to be “in” with nature, among other like-minded adults, free of all societies stigmas. But it sure would be nice to not have these resorts overrun by a slew of people with naked body complex or to bring with them their puritan attitudes. Maybe all newbies should start out on the “beginner slope” !!

campnbare

April 10th, 2009
3:50 pm

Cool Hand Luke…. lol ! Catfish are not likely to show up on the beach unless your “beach” might be a swampy lake down a dirt road and if that’s the case watch out for those campgrounds with low hanging fruit they are everywhere!!! As far as the natural male appendage, being skinned is not the beauty God designed men with. All men that are natural in that way would rarely want to be cut, but, alot of men that have been peeled would give anything to undo the damage. Granted there are a few oddities of nature but for the most part most uncut men have tools that are, well, run of the mill. If you went campin’ with me you would likely get over your penis envy! But as for the type of beaches, you may see a dead catfish or even a carp or a beer can.

David

April 10th, 2009
5:09 pm

I have done it many times and have enjoyed it thoroughly. Consider the phrase it is hard to be a snob when you are naked. You get to know people based on who they are not whether they are waiting the latest thing from Anne Kelin or Armani. Besides, after awhile, you don’t think about people are naked or not. It would be like going to a party where everybody is wearing red and you alone are wearing green. It also is about as comfortable as you can get. Just remember one thing-remember if you desire to be weird sexually nude places really are not where you want to be. People don’t put up with crap like that.

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