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First-Time Nudist Experience

My Story

I wasn't raised in a nudist family but I would go skinny dipping as a kid growing up on a farm. When I returned from the Gulf War I decided life was too short not to try something I was always interested in. So when I heard about a nude beach near where I was stationed I went. I had a great time; it was a very liberating experience.

I continued going and made friends. Over time I joined a club and then began going to nude resorts. I found that the people there were so open and honest and non-judgmental. I found that there were so many others just like me there and no one was there to check out others, just for the pure fun and joy of relaxing without clothes. I know that may sound hard to believe but that's the truth. We made great friends and my family became members to that club and even now we maintain our membership at a nearby club.

I just wish the public could see that we are normal, regular folks who just happen to enjoy relaxing without clothes on our time off. My grown daughter has tons of self-confidence about herself and part of the reason is that she knows what real women look like and doesn't feel insecure about herself. That is a direct result of her being raised in a nudist household. I think that if more people tried it they would see what I'm talking about.

Hiking In The Nude

Having experienced public nudity on occasion in the past, I am no stranger to that feeling of once experienced, never going back. However, I began noticing stories about hiking naked out west and in the Alps, first in Wikipedia, then elsewhere, seven years ago.

What a simple, logical idea that couldn't possibly fly on the east coast, or so I thought. I had to try it (bucket list if you will). Like skinny dipping in the breeze instead of in the water. So I headed to Vermont where I could find suitably remote terrain and legality. Well all I can say is that the experience was transforming, like that of discovering the freedom relaxation and peace of nudity for the first time, all over again.

Since that fateful moment, I have hiked, backpacked, and camped hundreds of miles on the remote trails of the northeast, in all kinds of weather. I have gone for as long as a week without putting on clothes in the outback during the summer. I have hiked bare for hours at a time in the snow. I one day hiked in the nude legally and without troubling anyone, in a city (Toronto...CO beach and immediate surroundings off season in November).

Being in the nude in the wilderness is a life affirming outdoor activity that has few rivals in my humble opinion. It sharpens your senses and your awareness of your natural surroundings and those creatures that share this small part of the universe with us. Also you soon realize how wonderfully adept our bodies are, as delivered by our Creator, at accommodating the challenges of our environment. Sweat management is a breeze. Animals of the forest come closer and accept your presence more readily. I once had a moose cross my path, and pause, not more than three arms lengths in front of me. We stared at each other for the better part of three minutes, both calmly accepting each others' right to be there. Finally I spoke up and apologized to Mr Moose for startling him, the same greeting that I usually use in my infrequent encounters with textiles. With that he took one final unconcerned look at me and ambled off, crashing through the underbrush.


Long distance hikers are accepting, even encouraging, of my preference. I choose my times and locations, so as to avoid having to explain the many pleasures of hiking in the buff to uneasy parents with children in tow. Part of the ethic of this form of outdoor recreation is acceptance and respect for the feelings of others less comfortable with the idea. I go out of my way to avoid "clothed encounters". Alas, life is not perfect and those occasional "sightings" by unsuspecting others, of my unadorned body have been pleasant and positive events. Once seen, I never cover up(sends wrong message) Freehiking can be a social or a solo activity. It suits my lifestyle and work schedule as it can be tucked into my days off, spontaneously as time permits, most any time of the year.

Nudism encourages creativity. Freehiking is worth adding to your bucket list. -Dan

First Time

I was in the park in a wooded area.It was hidden.I took my clothes off and took a walk.It was a wonderful experience.I kept doing it.

First-Time Nudist

My first social-nudist experience was at a clothing-optional hot tub in Quad Cities, Iowa. Before arriving I knew that the tub would be Clothing Optional, but I thought that meant that some of the people would take the option of being nude and some would take the option of wearing a bathing suit. I would choose to do the latter, although I had no problem seeing my friends nude.

When I was brought to the tub, I saw that EVERY ONE of the people in the tub was nude. WHAT TO DO??? I thought "What the heck. I'll try it once." Within 30 seconds I was hooked for life.

I spent the next 17 years visiting every nudist resort and nude beach that I could squeeze into my limited vacation time.

Finally, in 1999 I retired and I have lived for the past 10 years at a clothing-optional resort in AZ (SLR). The host of the hot tub party that started all this, moved here three years ago from Iowa.

My First Time

I was a teen-age boy in the mid-60's and I just got out of the shower. My mother was watching TV in the den and I wondered what her reaction would be if I went around naked. So I went in the room where she was and sat down right across from her. She asked me why I wasn't dressed and I told her I was more comfortable not wearing clothes. She said that was alright with her if I wanted to be a nudist.

I then went in the back yard and sun bathed nude. I've been a nudist all these years but my wife doesn't understand it. I go naked in my house as often as possible, even when her friends visit.