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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...

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.
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 bubble with forty other students in the woods was not how I imagined my college experience, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
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...
Discover Asheville through the eyes of the local business that live, work and play here! Can you spot our hammock?! Asheville, North Carolina, is an inspiring place to call home. Talented local business leaders and entrepreneurs across Buncombe County are creating and distributing innovative products that impact people throughout America and worldwide. Learn more about the Asheville area’s economic development initiatives, site selection and thriving business community at ashevillechamber.org/economic-development   By the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

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