Hikers sitting in a lake in the buff

In the buff on a bluff

What is it about the urge to be naked in nature? It’s such a primal feeling that many of us experience when we’re outdoors in the middle of nowhere. If you’re offended by bare bums, then scroll no further… but if you’re intrigued by the idea of swimming in your birthday suit or getting a little cheeky in the alpine then you’ve come to the right place.

The following are just a few of the lovely au naturel photos that we found through our community on Instagram. Of course, MEC offers lots of outdoor clothing choices and can even teach you how to wear said layers to stay warm, but there’s a time and a place for that – and it’s not in this next round of photos.

Happy adventuring!

We Did It!!! @j.fleury and I climbed The Nose naked; the first naked ascent of El Cap! (for you non-climbers out there: "naked" is not a fancy climbing term like "free". It straight-up means I did it without any clothes.) We even broke both of our personal time records on the route: 12hrs exactly! I'm telling ya'll- lightweight is the way to do it! It's hard to express what I feel after a life dream has been achieved. Yes, I feel some sunburn. I feel a bit sore. I feel proud of myself of course. But overwhelmingly, I feel so loved. I feel supported and encouraged by my friends, all the monkeys, my family (who answered my victory-announcing phone call with EVERYONE on speaker phone to hear), and especially my favorite monkey, Robbie. He has helped me every step of the way, (and even managed to get us on the news!) Anyhow, thanks ya'll for knowing that something this silly was still, honestly important to me. I guess the thing is, I thought I'd be saying that this is the greatest accomplishment of my life, but that's not true. It feels so much greater to be the best friend, daughter, sister, and partner that I can be. Working at that is always my most worthwhile struggle, and greatest achievement when I feel this kind of love. #FNA #themonkeysaresending #niad

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Does it count as a Kate and Dana trip if we don't take a photo like this? 😅

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It’s also worth mentioning that there are some laws about going nude in public, so please respect the laws, yourself and those around you. After all, “be considerate of others” is one of the seven Leave No Trace (LNT) principles to follow when you’re out in the wild.

If you get the urge to jump into lakes with or without a bathing suit, make sure to wipe off sunscreen or bug spray before you take the plunge (wipe off away from the water, not in the water). A damp, super lightweight Nano Towel is handy for this, or you could use an adventure towel that doubles as a changeroom. And if you’re dipping to freshen up, a friendly reminder to keep any soap out of the water – yep, even the biodegradable kind. All these LNT tips help the water stay clean so you can respect local wildlife.

Looking for a nearby lake or hike? Check out our guide to fresh things to do outside.

Missy Shana
Missy Shana

A social media specialist, Seinfeld-quoter who repeatedly travels vast distances for good food. Has probably creeped your Instagram profile.