Back by popular demand: Kili Mapp Kili Print Hammock

Written By Candace Dantes

Published on Sep 16, 2022

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Two words summed up Outdoor Afro’s Kili Mapp Kili DoubleNest Print Hammock by Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) when it initially launched in 2021: Sold. Out. But now it’s back. An updated, lengthier version ready to stretch out for seasonal  lounging, and capturing special moments with family and friends.  “I want people to feel warmth and joy every time they’re in this hammock,” said Leandra Taylor, Outdoor Afro volunteer leader and artist behind the in-demand design.

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This unique print and co-branded product relaunched fall 2022 with updated features, making it portable, packable, and always adventure-ready. Outdoor Afro x ENO Kili Mapp Kili DoubleNest Hammock Print incorporates bluesign® approved fabric, hammock-specific hardware, a bonus internal stash pocket housed in the stuff sack, and an extended 9.5-foot (2.9-meter) hammock body that creates more room for more memories. “Our partnership is a pertinent, timeless, and inspiring story that speaks so deeply to Outdoor Afro’s mission with the world,” said ENO’s Marketing Director Anna Rawlins. “There is no better canvas for showcasing the artwork than a hammock – one that can be enjoyed outside and inspires all ages to explore, connect, and relax.”

The limited-edition print developed after Taylor joined Outdoor Afro’s 2018 Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition in Tanzania, Africa. She was the youngest volunteer leader on that unforgettable hike. “Even with my lack of experience in this type of hiking, I knew I was called to do this climb,” she said. But by Day 3, Taylor had reached her limit. Exhausted, she relied on her teammates’ support and encouragement to make it to the mountain’s highest point. 

Pulling inspiration from that experience and her surroundings, Taylor’s print braids in deep hues, unusual patterns and land topography from the high-endurance trip. The design incorporates a snake representing the Kili trail song and the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, which sits at roughly 19,341 feet above sea level. Knowing exactly what gear and equipment to pack for the expedition became a critical piece to ascension success. The same packing process Taylor always wants outdoor adventurers to feel with this on-the-go hammock while traveling the world for lounging and leisure. 

Advance notice: The Kili Mapp Kili DoubleNest Print Hammock sells fast from in-store to digital shelves, so purchase this storytelling print online at enonation.com,  or your local REI or outdoor retailer today. Proceeds from the collaboration help support Outdoor Afro’s mission of celebrating and inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature. Now in its 13th year, the national not-for-profit organization includes: 

  • A 60,000-strong participation network
  • 1,200-plus online and in-person events
  • 100-plus selected and trained volunteer leaders nationwide
  • 60 cities the network impacts across the country 
  • 46 Meetup networks to join
  • 32 states with local networks, including Washington, D.C.
  • 4 regions (Midwest, Northeast, South and West)

Taylor can’t wait to reshare this newest version with fellow Outdoor Afro volunteer leaders and community members of her South Carolina network. “For me, swaying in this hammock is the definition of Black joy in nature,” she said. “Each color represents the vibrant culture of Tanzanian city Arusha and the joy we all felt on the mountain.”

ABOUT OUTDOOR AFRO: Outdoor Afro is a national not-for-profit organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. What started as a kitchen table blog by Founder and CEO Rue Mapp in 2009 has since grown into a cutting-edge nationwide network with 100-plus volunteer leaders in 60 cities with network participation reaching 60,000 people. Outdoor Afro reconnects Black people with the outdoors through outdoor education, recreation, and conservation. Follow Outdoor Afro at outdoorafro.org and @outdoorafro today.

ABOUT ENO: Founded in 1999 and based in Asheville, N.C., Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) is the leader in creating high-quality hammocks and portable relaxation gear that inspires people to explore, connect and relax outside. ENO distributes its products online, at specialty outdoor retailers across the nation, and in over 13 countries. As a bluesign® System Partner, ENO is proud to be committed to the journey of building more sustainable and responsibly made products, and to partner with an exemplary network of nonprofit organizations as a 1% for the Planet member. For more information, visit enonation.com.

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Candace Dantes

Candace Dantes

Candace Dantes serves as Outdoor Afro's inaugural marketing and communications manager. The fourth-generation cowgirl and award-winning journalist and marketer is based in the Georgia Black Belt Region. For more than a decade, the rural Georgia storyteller has given agency to Black farming and cowhand culture in traditional and new media. From Smalltown USA, she has collaborated with global brands like London's Black Beauty & Hair Magazine and M&C Saatchi. Back home with U.S. Department of Agriculture research grant Black Farmers' Network, Wrangler, Justin Boots and Visit Fort Worth.