Joe doesn’t mind getting his kit off, in fact, he bloody loves it. And he reckons you will too.
We’ve all had those moments where we’re in the midst of a great hike, the sun beating down on our unkempt brow and our backs loaded, and we’ve thought to ourselves, ‘Why the hell do I have clothes on?’.
Most of us though, through the unspoken code of society, remind ourselves that clothes are what separates us from the animals. Well fear not, I’m here to guide you through getting your kit off in nature. And I plan to do it so well that you’ll BAREly remember what it was like to hike fully clothed!
Baby Steps For Your Bum
Like all things, baby steps are key! Much like none of us started our hiking adventures by trekking up K2, revealing your birthday suit one cheek at a time will help you get comfy with it all.
Instead of thinking that you have to bare it all, try just dropping a moonrise as you watch the sun set, or free the nip as you summit the tip. It all adds up to you feeling comfortable in your skin.
Take a BFF (Bum Friends Forever)
Whilst you’re at it, why not get nude with some company that can spur you on? What better way to grow bonds with your BFF than stripping down together and taking a skinny dip in your favourite watering hole (no, not the pub).
Even if you get caught by a stranger, you’ll have the support you need as you both laugh your asses off.
Finding The Right Opportunippy
You’ll want to make sure you choose your challenge appropriately. Some kids were born with the comfort of dacking themselves on the playground, whereas the rest of us turned a certain shade of magenta at the thought of using change rooms.
That’s okay. The Opera House isn’t expecting your rendition of Spencer Tunick’s artwork any time soon! Choose a place that makes you feel comfortable, this may mean hitting up a remote forest that feels familiar, or simply visiting one of the many amazing nude beaches found around Australia and New Zealand.
Of course, much like there’s a place for this sort of stuff, there is also a right time.
You’d be putting bravery ahead of intelligence if you decided to streak alongside the Three Sisters. The giant tour group behind you might capture a bit more than they bargained for.
Instead, try giving it a shot during an early sunrise hike, or aim for mid-week, ‘I need a vitamin D hit boss!’.
With COVID bringing a halt to foreign tourism, now’s the perfect time to take a crack at exposing your ahem, derriere to the world.
Some places, while beautiful, have cultural importance, and getting nude might not be so kosher. If in doubt, keep it holstered.
Okay so you found the perfect spot, you’ve won over your mates, and you’ve scored the perfect shot – now what? Well, you share it with your friends of course!
Not everything has to be for the ‘gram, but sharing those buns out when the sun’s out to a larger audience will help normalise body positivity, which we could all use more of in our day to day.
So what are you waiting for? Just do it – what have you got to lose other than your knickers in the wind?’