Nudist Outdoor Adventures

Hey everyone I enjoy the "Nudist Outdoor Adventure Activities" group but the moderator deleted their account and is no longer active. So i wanted to restart the group for better interaction. Group for those nudists whom are interested in outdoor adventure activities such as mountain biking / kayaking/ canoeing/paddle boarding / caving / rock climbing / sky diving, etc .... Any of your...

Camping alone...
Has anyone gone camping alone? I did , the first time it was at a clothing optional camp with 80 acres of land/forest in West field NY. I know, I know , it might have been a clothing optional camp but there was no one there at the time but me. And I was told that there can be coyotes at times and bear in the spring. I never had a problem when I went with some one else. But this one time when I went by myself . I drove to my camp site and stepped out and stripped down. Because thats what I always do lol. Pulled the rake out of the car and started cleaning up around the camp site. Not really paying attention to anything but cleaning up. That's when I heard the branch snap! I looked up and there was a young bear! He was at the age where he had just left the protection of his mother and was out on his own. He was about 10 yards away from me just eating shrubs . Well Here I am standing there with a rake naked and looking at the bear and looking at my car. Thinking O SHIT can I make it to the car?! Is it going to get me before I get to the car?! Now I don't know what I was thinking but I just took my rake and started banging on the fire ring and yelling. I was scared doing this and the bear was scared hearing it! He took off running and I didn't see him again. Need less to say I went to my car and grabbed a beer and sat down constantly looking around and listening while I drank that beer and calmed down. This is the one and only time that I have ever ran into Wild life big enough to hurt me.
Have any of you ever encountered any animals like this? What was your reaction? And what was the out come?

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Growing up in the suburbs my stories are unfortunately mainly limited to squirrels, though my imagination is not. It must have been your status as naked that saved you, as mother bears have an inate respect for naked men. In fact mother bears go to great pains to make a wide circle around a naked man (particularly if he's a bear) who happen to be in between the mother and her cubs.

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Generally, when I camp alone, Im in a forest service campground or BLM campground. I dont like to get that far off the beaten path when Im alone. If Im with a friend or two, I love to be isolated. Both scenarios prevent me from being naked very often when I camp. I campgrounds, its just hard to find privacy. When I camp with friends, theyre almost always not nudists. In all my years of camping here in Colorado, Ive rarely encountered wildlife. Had a Fox trying to steal food one time. Heard coyotes. But never bears. I was going camping once with coworkers but as I was leaving to drive up, I found out they both got delayed at work. That gave me about 5 hours alone at the campsite ahead of them. We were isolated, on privately owned land with no one else around. So I stripped down and wandered all over totally naked. One of my first times to be naked outside like that. It was awesome! Finally came back to my car and remained naked while I set up camp and built a fire. Didnt get dressed until time for them to arrive.

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Growing up in the suburbs my stories are unfortunately mainly limited to squirrels, though my imagination is not. It must have been your status as naked that saved you, as mother bears have an inate respect for naked men. In fact mother bears go to great pains to make a wide circle around a naked man (particularly if he's a bear) who happen to be in between the mother and her cubs.

Andy, that must be sarcasm and humor. In all my years of living in Colorado and camping here, Ive never heard that and wouldnt trust it. Nudity wouldnt stop a black bear if you came between a mom and her cubs. And it certainly wouldnt stop the grizzlies in WY, MT and ID.

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Nearly all my camping trips are alone and have been since my late teens. Also since then, nearly all my camping is naked. Only when I am with a group of textiles do I camp with clothing. (Maybe once a year).

I have encounterd quite a bit of wildlife, including Florida Black Bears. Florida Black Bears are shy. They will not deliberately approach a human in the wild, unless you get between a mother and her cubs, or between a bear and it's food (they normally eat berries and what-not, but will gladly eat food people leave lying around. My closest encounter with one was on the trail as I was hiking and rounded a bend, a full grown bear was in the middle of the trail. He saw me and BOLTED into the brush, making an absurdly loud racket. His fearful departure startled me a little.

I also on several occasions, could have sworn I had heard human footsteps near my tent at night. After several incidents of this, I finally used a light to see "who" it was. Turns out, wild turkeys walking around at night sound just like a person walking. And of course, an armordillo walking around at night is louder than anything, including bears.

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Stoneandy - I did not know this about mother bears. But I still wouldn't want to be near a bear. I'll always seek distance and protection . Luckily I wasn't cooking or this young male bear would have probably come closer. Seeing he had recently just woke up from his winter hibernation.

allen0709 - 90 % of the time when I camp it is clothed when with other people. But I do enjoy camping clothed or not. Friends have told me that a group on raccoons raided their cooler one night and when they woke there was hot dogs and marshmallows all over the place . But I love to watch the chipmunks dart around and forage for food in the mornings while drinking my coffee.

Campingbare - That must have been scary round a bend and having a bear be on the trail in front of you. We don't have armadillos here but I have heard turkeys walking close by my camp and they are noisey .

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I always go camping in national forest or state campgrounds, so haven't done nude camping yet. However, I was on an early morning hike once while camping and encountered a bear. I was able to strip near the campground and was heading down a hill when I saw a bear coming up the hill. We saw each other at the same moment and we both froze. It turned and ran after about 5 seconds.

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Andy, that must be sarcasm and humor. In all my years of living in Colorado and camping here, Ive never heard that and wouldnt trust it. Nudity wouldnt stop a black bear if you came between a mom and her cubs. And it certainly wouldnt stop the grizzlies in WY, MT and ID.

Worse than that: bad dad humor. I know bears are scary. Here in the Midwest where wilderness is only in pockets of nature within miles of either urban sprawl or monoculture, we have no bears to worry about. This summer a raccoon did however steal my 2 lbs bag of peanut filled pretzels from my campsite in broad daylight - and only a few feet from me. Next summer I'm hoping to visit a men's campground that's clothing optional, but it's a 5 hour trip.

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Having hiked in Colorado bear country pretty much all my life I average 2 to 3 bear encounters a year while out. I've had no issues with moms and cubs when I have not been between them. They go their way, I go mine. Now there was the time that a couple of buddies of mine and me accidentally got between a mom a her cubs. Lets just say she ran us off. I have not noticed bears treating me any different clothed or naked. The elk and moose seem to however. They are much less concerned about a naked person it seems, not that moose care that much one way or another. My worse animal in camp stories are a bear, who once he knew we were awake wanted nothing to do with us, and a marmot. The marmot was worse than the bear. He was stealing boots, jackets, and anything else he could get is paws on. Had to fish one jacket out of his hole.

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The elk and moose seem to however. They are much less concerned about a naked person it seems,

I notice that with Whitetail deer too. I know some guys you might call finatics about hunting. They say the sent of the laundry detergent will spock them. But more importantly is the chemical color brighteners, they say deer have eye sight up into the UV range and the color brighteners make you stand out like a spot light to them.

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A couple of black bear stories: once I was sitting naked on my back deck grilling pork chops and saw something out of the corner of my eye coming around the side of the house. The something was a medium sized black bear. I stood up to make my way to the door, and thats when the bear noticed me and turned tail running into the woods. Good bear! Another time I chased a big black bear through the woods for a while. That was exciting! I was running a forest service road, clothed, up a hill and paying attention to my footfalls, not looking far ahead when I heard something go crashing into the woods not far ahead of me and run parallel to the road away from me. Im thinking deer, and keep running toward it. Its making better speed than I am, and soon I see this big bear come out of the woods and cross the road a couple of hundred feet up the road from me. He didnt pause to look back my way and he kept running into the woods on the other side of the road and further away. Now that I knew what I was chasing, I decided it was time to turn around and stop chasing the bear. So in my experience black bear tend to be afraid of me, either clothed or nude. I wont test that again hopefully!

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