Kammok was founded by one man with a village of help, rooted in the fundamental belief that adventure changes lives, joining business with social impact to serve a higher purpose in the outdoor industry.
In the summer of 2010, I was nearing the end of my graduate thesis centered on eradication of vector-borne disease in Sub Saharan Africa, and I found myself stuck between three lofty passions: making a positive impact on society and underserved people groups, utilizing business as an avenue for higher purpose, and pursuing my true calling of loving, serving, equipping and inspiring people well. It wasn’t until my brother introduced me to hammock camping that summer, and I woke up on the ground when my hammock ripped in the middle of the night, that I realized the opportunity I had to marry the latter two of these passions through a gap in functional hammock equipment in the outdoor industry.
Originally, I set out to improve quality hammock equipment. During a serendipitous tongued-tie moment saying “camping hammock”, the vision for Kammok was born.
Despite having a vision to improve the gap in quality hammock equipment in the outdoor industry, I still found myself at a crossroads in meeting my desire to impact people over profit. I saw two clear options ahead of me: one path holding the opportunity to pioneer a new niche market of hammock camping, a path I had been equipped to conquer due to my business background and genuine love for the outdoors, while the other path enabled me to pursue the deep fulfillment I find leading a life centered around people, serving, equipping and inspiring.
Instead of choosing one road or another, I set up a hammock between the two roads and parked Kammok at the crossroad of opportunity, product need, and impact. Meaning, I could pursue excellent business, technical innovation in the outdoor industry, and the emerging hammock camping trend, while also inviting people to live a full life of meaning and impact.
The moral of our story: there is a higher calling each of us has to bring love and excellence into all we do. Through the provision of the highest quality gear and apparel, I am proud to say that we are constantly growing and adapting our business practices to maximize the impact we can have on the world around us. Join us in the adventure of changing lives.