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Hiker Bags Wales's Highest Peak…Naked

Local SAR personnel are not happy.

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Well, here’s one you don’t see every day: a 35-year-old hiker climbed Wales’s highest peak completely naked.

As the U.K. newspaper Expressreports, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures didn’t deter Dan Arkle, a photographer, from ascending Crib Goch (still clothed) in the hours before sunrise. Once atop the secondary peak, however, Arkle reportedly stripped out of all his clothes and continued along a knife-edge ridge to bag the summit of nearby 3,560-ft Snowdon. The route is notoriously dangerous and has claimed several lives.

Naturally, not everyone is amused by Arkle’s feat. Andy Simpson, a spokesman for Mountain Rescue England & Wales, told the Express that it was “the stupidest thing he has ever seen” and continued from there:

Arkle, for his part, tells the Express that he wanted “to highlight how weak and vulnerable humans are in such a place without modern technology and protective equipment.”

BACKPACKER is a family publication, but if you’d like to see the photographic evidence of Arkle’s au naturale climb for yourself, check out the full story here.