There is nothing that my son, Lucas, likes more than hiking with dad, and I’m usually not very hard to talk into getting some dirt on the boots. Roslyn, my daughter, has been craving a hammock for the cool summer nights to hang around with me.
During SXSW this year, I happened across a company that takes great pride in combining hammock craftsmanship, and challenging their following to get out there and adventure. Meet Kammok. We purchased our first Kammok, and took this past weekend to get out in the woods.
They featured a blog with Alastair Humphreys, 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year a few weeks ago, challenging their followers to take up a Summer Solstice #microadventure and post their story online. The idea being that adventuring doesn’t always have to be elaborate and grandiose, just grab some friends, some gear, your kammok, and get out there. This is something that has resonated with me lately. I couldn’t help but tie this theme into something I have been experiencing as of late in Claremore.
I do encounter a fair share of people complaining of a lack of things to do around town. To borrow a phrase from my good friend Brandon Irby, “Claremore is in a time of rediscovery.” For many of us, there are things to do right under our noses, that we have driven by possibly hundreds of times that we don’t take time to notice. Myself included. In the last year or so, I have found that I greatly enjoy mountain biking, and also that I live in an area void of mountains. Little did I know that I have driven past a set of Mountain Bike Trails put in place over the last few years by the City of Claremore and Joe Kays. These trails don’t seem to get much traffic, and that is something I mean to remedy.
My wife is what Jim Gaffigan calls, “indoorsy.” However, I have found that with the promise of an RV air conditioner, or at least a nice shady camp tree, I can get her to the woods. We have taken several trips over to Hawthorne Bluff in Oologah in the recent weeks, if nothing else for a quick weekend camping trip. We’ve also been found hanging out in our favorite spot at Claremore Lake for an evening picnic.
SO, I CHALLENGE YOU. GET OUT THERE. PLAN YOUR OWN #MICROADVENTURE. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ELABORATE, LACE UP YOUR SHOES, DUST OFF THE BIKE, GRAB THE PICNIC BASKET, OR HANG A HAMMOCK. TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AROUND TOWN, AND FIND WHAT ADVENTURE MIGHT BE LAYING RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE.
Kammok is an innovative outdoor brand that connects people with the adventure of changing lives. Through the provision of quality outdoor gear and apparel to the socially-conscious adventurer, every Kammok purchase has a direct impact on helping people in need and improving our natural resources. In fact, the unique design for the company’s hammock grew out of an idea for alternative bedding to help people in malaria-stricken countries. Kammok is a 1% For the Planet member, B-Corp certified, and is partnered with Malaria No More to help end deaths from the disease in Africa by 2015.
#microadventure is a loose word, a spirit of trying something new, trying something difficult. Going somewhere different, leaving your comfort zone. Above all, adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. If this is true, then “adventure” is not only rowing oceans, climbing mountains or cycling round the world. Adventure is everywhere, every day and it is up to us to seek it out. You probably can’t go on huge adventures all the time. We all have to pragmatically juggle the commitments and constraints of our “real lives”. But you can have a microadventure. Because you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to find wilderness and beauty.
Thanks to Ry Taylor for the background audio. W.C. Gnome and I ran into Ry at the 2014 Winter Carnival at Red River Ski Area. If you’re in the Red River/Taos area, look him up. He is sure to have his shoes kicked off and jamming somewhere. For the Philmont crowd, you will know Ry as the son of Rod Taylor.