PCT Day 58 June 21, 2014
Sierra City to West Branch Nelson Creek 27 miles
June 21 is officially Hike Naked Day. I’ve never participated because I’m a Never Nude.
Just kidding, I’m too shy.
Over the years I’ve heard stories of hikers becoming horribly sunburned on their nether regions, of pack chafe, of coming across a group of children or old ladies and people who find nudity appalling.
My hiking partner Mac experienced all of these. He walked out of Sierra City unyielding, unabashed, and uncircumcised.
But what is it like to hike with a naked man? Aside from the obvious things, like giving a heads up to old ladies and awkward snack breaks where I try and act like I’m not sitting next to a naked man, there are the unexpected things…
After a comical encounter with a group of male mountain bikers, Mac disappeared into the bushes for a bowel movement. I decided to wait. Normally I would hike on but I was enjoying the view from behind.
When he came back I noticed something brown smeared across his left butt cheek.
“OMG Mac you have shit on your ass! Where did you learn to wipe?”
And like all good hiking partners, I wiped it off for him– unyielding, unabashed and business like.