Posted on Apr 2, 2012
if im backpacking 3-4 miles in the woods no ones around but me and i go nude in my campsite and some one just so hapend to walk up do i just say im a rereational nudist or my clothes are wet or dang its hot
not to get me kicked out of the park
Just say Hello
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Just smile & say “Hi”
My wife went out onto the Motel 2nd floor balcony to bring in the beach towels,,,, nude, because she didn’t feel like getting dressed just to do that. When a guy emerged from a neighboring room, rather than run for cover, she just said “Hi”, to which he replied “Hi”, smiled and continued on his way.
Read the local laws first: In most states except Arkansas, you would be legally NOT in violation of anything. I would calmy say hello. introduce myself and ask if they wanted to sit and talk. IF they mentioned I wasnt wearing clothes..then bring the fact that I was a naturist and was in a natural setting and felt comfortable BUT ask if it offended the person or made them feel uncomfortable. IF it did, I would get dressed. Generrally that would not get you kicked out of the park. Worst case scenario would be park rangers would come and ask IF you were nude or if they saw you would likely ask that you get dressed. Many laws use the phrase(or similar wording) ” …in any public place where others might be offended.” If you are not in a highly public place then it is a reasonable assumption that there was noone to be offended and a citation could be legitimatly fought if you were cited.
Michael, sounds good in theory but I wouldn’t want to test it.
Depends on the state. We have a letter from the LA County Sheriff it is okay in the Angeles NAtional Forest. Elsewhere depends on the local park superintendent. Always be on federal land not a state park or county. And if you see a kid, cover up anyway just to be safe.
It is important to get a feel for the situation just like every other public social encounter. The best way to avoid uneasy confrontation is to smile. Followed by that you can ease things over by saying “It’s a nice day out, isn’t it?”. I don’t believe the approach of asking the person to sit down with you and talk is a good one. That person may find more offense to it and question your intentions altogether if they are not comfortable with simple nudity. Women and other men being asked to sit and chat by a naked man is probably a big no!no! given all the stereotypical phobias. A woman asking another man may give a flirtatious impression. Overall, it is probably not the wisest idea. Actions in this instance speak louder than words. Avoidance of the dress code is the way to go. If you don’t acknowledge that there is a problem doing what you do, the “problem” does not exist.
I saw a video of an experiment where they filled a small restaurant with actors except for one unknowing subject, and had a nude woman walk in and sit down at a table. The actors all pretended not to notice and in every scenario the subjects totally ignored the woman and looked away as though they hadn’t noticed her nudity.
I agree with Melissa, actions speak louder than words. I would probably read the other persons reaction, and respond accordingly. If they appeared shocked, I would cover up. If they just seemed curious, or perplexed, I would probably avoid the subject (Mention the nice weather), and let them ask. I would not create a problem, that wasn’t there. Again I would react to the other person.
My family does this pretty much every Thanksgiving in Anza Borrego. We’re so remote and walking around naked when the ranger drives by we just wave.
I let the other person speak first. That way I will know if they are appreciative, curious, or angry. In any negotiation, the one who speaks first always defines the boundaries.
Ray, and Melissa have the best approach–just smile and say Hi. How they react will tell all. This has actually happened to me and my wife a few times while camping–Most people just smiled and waved back, others let out a loud whoot, and cheered!! We just continued to smile and wave until they left lol
I would recommend just saying “hi” and mentioning that you didn’t expect to run into anybody else out there. Even non-nudists tend to be pretty understanding when they run into a naked person if they understand that the person didn’t intend to cause affront or alarm.
I’ve never run into that situation when camping, but I have been on both sides of it when skinny dipping in the middle of the night at an apt complex pool. I’ve walked up on naked people in the pool and I’ve been discovered naked in the pool/hot tub. Generally it’s a simple “oh hey there, we didn’t expect to run into anybody else, we’re skinny dipping, is that OK?”
Thats a tough one being most are saying to just simply say hi or hello, then you find 30 minutes later local authorities arrive to confront you about your innocent nudity 3 miles away from any society. So you can never just assume or think being polite will keep that other individual from calling the police.
I would recommend saying something like “Hello, I’m sorry but I really didn’t expect to run into anybody else.” I’ve been on both sides of that situation when doing late night skinnydipping at apartments. Most people are pretty cool about accidentally encountering a naked person when they realize that you aren’t a sexual predator who intended to flash them, some will even join you.
I’ve had that happen, but much further in than 3-4 miles from the trailhead and on federal land where it wasn’t illegal. I find that if you ignore the fact that you’re naked and just be friendly, the other person or people will do likewise. I’ve actually had some nice conversations with people without my being naked ever coming up.
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