There's an interesting new trend gaining speed in Colorado. Some call it empowering; others say it's offensive. Well, it's women getting together and going hiking topless.
Kari Armstrong, co-organizer of The Boulder Hiker Chicks, says, "It feels fun, exciting and maybe a little risky to be naked in nature. When you have worked hard for your hike, or even if you haven't, it is fun to do something a little silly and liberating to celebrate." The women have posted many pictures, but all are tasteful, showing only their bare backs as they stand looking out over beautiful peaks and scenic views. It really seems to be exploding among female hikers in Colorado.
However, it's not for everyone. Comments of the photos on social media aren't always supportive. Some say, "It's not sexual or tasteless, just not for me!" or, "I don't get it." Others are harsh, stating they will "report" the image to the social media platform for indecency. To be clear, no one is requiring that such photos happen in hiking groups, and it's an individual choice. It's also legal for both men and women to be topless in the state of Colorado.