You can leave your hat on! Free climber scales mountain completely naked expect for a hat!

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A brave climber scaled a mountain without ropes or CLOTHES.

Gutsy Austin Howell, from Atlanta, climbed Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge, North Carolina, in just his hat as his mate filmed the expedition.

The 29-year-old reached 350 ft up the ‘Dopey Duck’ route and didn’t wear a harness.

Austin, a personal trainer, said he was inspired to let himself go to encourage people to take climbing less seriously.

He said: “Sometimes I feel like folks take climbing too seriously and just need to lighten up, so I wanted to make something short, pointless, and humorous.

“I had planned a solo trip to just go spend a day by myself climbing, but a friend of mine, Lohan Lizin, just happened to be up there climbing with another guy that day.

“After spending the whole day climbing, I turned to Lohan and said ‘hey man, want to see something funny?’

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“He didn’t know what was about to happen!”

Luckily, Austin had picked a quiet time to strip off, and him and Lohan were the only people on the mountain.

He added: “We were the only ones there.

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“There are some things you just don’t do in front of an unsuspecting audience.”