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Leandra Taylor, the artist and Outdoor Afro volunteer leader lounging in the Kili Mapp Kili DoubleNest Hammock Print she designed.Designed by Asheville-based artist and Outdoor Afro volunteer leader, Leandra Taylor, the Kili Mapp Kili DoubleNest Print Hammock was inspired by Outdoor Afro’s Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition in 2018. This year marks Leandra Taylor’s fifth year as an Outdoor Afro volunteer leader. She recaps her time with the organization and the trip that inspired this hammock design. I attended my first training in 2017 and it was just one of those life-changing experiences, walking into a room of 80 people that are all passionate about the outdoors was something I’ll never forget. I knew that’s where I should be. Through joining Outdoor Afro, I have found support in both my outdoor adventures and in affirming my identity as an artist. Outdoor Afro leaders have been the biggest contributors and encouragers to my creative process. They push me to put my art out there and to share it with the world. Art has always been my creative outlet and nature has always been my favorite muse. When I was younger, I loved to draw flowers and pollinators because of their vibrant colors and patterns. While I’ve always been creative, I haven’t always identified as an “artist,” but as someone who enjoyed drawing...
Students in athletic gear sit, watching as instructor shows bouldering techniques in the woods. There is a hammock in the background.A Place Beyond seemed to have just landed on my lap during the disorienting year that was 2020. When met with a decision to either stay at home in isolation while taking online classes or be in a community with other college students in Prescott National Forest, Arizona, it was a no-brainer. APB is an in-person, remote learning community for college students who cannot or do not want to return to their physical college campus during the pandemic. The program provides community, mentorship, educational workshops, and outdoor recreation programming such as mountain biking, hiking, and bouldering. As a result, I had the opportunity to both try out hammocking and bouldering, two activities that have similar stages of doubt, embracing the unknown, and joy of being in the moment. Doubt “So, you are saying this is supposed to hold me?” I asked Noah, one of the instructors at A Place Beyond, as I gestured incredulously at the thin piece of fabric in front of me shaped like the waxing crescent moon in winter time. He grinned and excitedly said yes. My eyes darted between the hammock and his encouraging smile. I couldn’t help but remember the same animating smile from Brandon,...
Students laying in ENO hammocks, outside of an open air building at A Place Beyond located in Prescott National Forest.I grew up very outdoorsy, hiking and backpacking with my family. We lived the city life in Washington, D.C., but on weekends took to the trails nearby.  Family vacations let us escape the cars and tall buildings of downtown D.C., and embrace the towering Rocky Mountains in Colorado. All of that changed in 2020 and I suddenly found it difficult to leave the city to go hiking with friends and family. This coincided with my long awaited first year of college; I realized it wasn’t going to be the experience I was dreaming of. What was excitement, turned to fear. I was unsure about living on a college campus with the increased risk that daily, normal interactions pose in the time of COVID.  With the pandemic and stress in full swing, I looked for any opportunity to be closer to the outdoors and continue my studies in a safe manner.  I found myself booking a flight to Arizona to spend my first semester as part of the newly formed program, A Place Beyond (APB), a wilderness campus for students taking remote classes. It provides academic support, professional mentorship, and optional workshops that cultivate social, emotional, and real-life skills. Living in...
A man lays in a hammock surrounded by Spanish Moss in Azalea Garden in Winter Park, Florida.Hometown Hideaways — Central Florida Hometown Hideaways is a series of blogs featuring top places to hammock around the U.S. Each guide is curated by outdoor enthusiasts who live, work, and play in the region, sharing their insights and experiences on where to hang your hammock and enjoy the great outdoors. Explore your backyard with us, you don’t have to travel far to find adventure. Many people know Orlando as a tourism destination with its world-famous theme parks and attractions. But what most don’t have a chance to see is the wild side of Florida expressing its natural beauty in the form of ancient oaks and cypress trees, Spanish moss and abundant wildlife. Central Florida offers many ways of exploring the outdoors, from kayaking to cycling to hiking to camping to surfing and more. The area also provides many scenic venues for strapping up a hammock, many of them with views of pristine freshwater springs, lakes and rivers. Let me introduce you to my five favorite spots to use my ENO gear in central Florida. Rock Springs at Kelly Park Apopka Less than 20 miles from Orlando, Rock Springs at Orange County’s Kelly Park is popular among recreationists who seek...
Woman lounges in green ENO hammock overlooking reservoir.Hometown Hideaways — New Jersey Hometown Hideaways is a series of blogs featuring top places to hammock around the U.S. Each guide is curated by outdoor enthusiasts who live, work, and play in the region, sharing their insights and experiences on where to hang your hammock and enjoy the great outdoors. Explore your backyard with us, you don’t have to travel far to find adventure. Round Valley Recreation Area Hunterdon County Brisk blue waters and hike-in campsites attract outdoor hammock enthusiasts to Round Valley Recreation Area. Round Valley is one of the few parks  in the New Jersey area that offers wilderness camping. Sights and sounds abound at this recreation area including one of the largest lakes in New Jersey, the Round Valley Reservoir, which covers over 2,000 acres and is stocked with lake trout. There are three marked trails at Round Valley: the Pine Tree Trail, Family Hiking and Biking Trail, and the Cushetunk Trail, which accesses the campsites. Enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, boating, camping, sledding, cross country skiing, and then rest amidst the trees in your ENO hammock. Keep in mind that entrance fees are collected from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Check out...
Outdoor Afro's logo on top of a forest full of trees.A celebration of Black History in the Outdoors Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature, has highlighted notable Black historical figures, places and recent achievements of Black people related to outdoor recreation. We encourage you to follow @outdoorafro on Instagram and read through the entire series. Matthew Henson  Matthew Henson was born in Maryland in 1866, the son of free sharecroppers. He was orphaned at the age of 7 or 8. Henson found work as a cabin boy and seaman and did so for several years before being hired as a valet on one of Peary’s survey expeditions. This began a decades-long working relationship with Peary. Henson’s skills were unmatched, and he made a total of seven voyages to the Arctic with Peary. On April 6, 1909, Henson became the first person to set foot on the North Pole. Four Inuit (Indigenous people of northern Canada), whose names were Egingwah, Ootah, Ooqueah, and Seegloo, assisted Peary and Henson. Charles M. Crenchaw In 1964, Charles Madison Crenchaw became the first Black man to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, the highest peak in North America. During...
Two women sit in the SuperNest hammock during sunset in New Mexico.Meet our New Backyard Collection We interviewed our product team to get a behind-the-scenes look at the development and creation of our newest backyard hammock product line: the SuperNest™ Hammock, Apollo™ Hammock Straps, and SoloPod™ XL Stand. Over the course of three years of research and testing, the SuperNest Hammock was designed to be supremely inviting and comfortable, but also durable and made to last. Q: What inspired the creation of the SuperNest? A: For over 20 years, ENO has crafted the world’s favorite and best-selling portable hammocks. During our research and testing, we saw the potential to bring innovation, originality, and focus to your experience in the backyard hammock category. With that spirit and insight, we took our expertise in product design, materials, and relaxation to create a new class of hammocks designed to live seasonally outdoors. Q: What were some qualities that were top of mind when creating the SuperNest Hammock? A: The SuperNest marks the beginning of a new era of outdoor furniture for us at ENO, up to the task of handling whatever mother nature throws at it. When searching for materials and developing designs, we made sure to consider the diverse environments and elements the...
A man lays in a hammock in a meadow with mountain views in the distance.As we get ready to say farewell to 2020, we’re highlighting some exceptional, touching ENO stories you’ve shared with us. For all the early morning hikes, meaningful hangouts with someone special, and making time to rest and recharge— we are grateful you utilized your ENO gear during this challenging year. We are honored to be a part of your special moments, both big and small, and we hope you find these stories as endearing and inspiring as we have. Memorable Views “I texted my friend at 8 p.m. and six hours later, we were hiking up a mountain to watch sunrise from Heybrook Lookout in Washington. My ENO SingleNest™ provided the perfect perch to watch the sun begin to illuminate the mountains at 5:27 a.m. My ENO hammock comes everywhere with me: from day trips to backpacking, from class to meetings, and even my backyard. This morning of drinking coffee, laughing, and watching the sunrise from my ENO hammock is one I definitely won’t forget.” — Sophie Schroth “Waking up at 3 a.m. to catch a two-hour sunrise hike isn’t always easy. My ENO Lounger™ SL Chair made the trek so worth it. When there are no trees to hammock,...
A man and his son play TrailfFyer in the woods.Meet the first-of-its-kind portable outdoor game designed to tag along on your adventures. We sat down with our product design team to get the full story behind the newest ENO endeavor: portable outdoor games. Behind the design  Q: What inspired the creation of the TrailFlyer? The TrailFlyer™ was inspired by fan-favorite and timeless games like Cornhole and Skee-Ball. When we surveyed the market of outdoor games we found that most all of them utilized poor quality materials, weren’t very portable, and lacked a sense of adventure. So we looked at the category of outdoor games through the lens of technical gear design and saw an opportunity to raise the bar when it comes to quality, durability and having fun outside. Adding the ENO Flare Q: What makes this game special/unique? How is it ENO-specific? We blended our expertise in technical product design with signature ENO features— premium, packable, colorful, sustainable— to create an original outdoor game that stands out from the crowd in both quality and user experience.  Much like finding the perfect ENO hammock spot, TrailFlyer™ invites you to get outside, explore, and find the perfect tree(s) to set up and play the game with friends or family. How...

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