Raven Trekker DLC in Korea

In mid April I travelled with a friend of mine to South Korea for a 2 week urban expedition. My friend was born and raised in Seoul and was eager to show me all things Korean from Seoul to Busan. The details of my trip are long and somewhat personal with many stories that I would love to share with you, and if we ever meet please ask me about them. To keep things short and interesting I will focus this post on the Raven Trekker DLC that I took with me. The DLC Trekker was an excellent travel partner and seemed fitting to me for the locations and situations I found myself in.

Above and below are photos from the Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace. This is an amazing place and one of the better areas for taking photos. The Spring colors mixed with the ancient buildings was truly spectacular.

Choosing to only bring one Raven with me on my trip caused me to appreciate the watch and the details more with every passing day. At home I have a number of watches I can wear and change at any time, but limiting myself to one watch caused me to focus on the details and bond more with what I had brought.

Below is a forest of strange pine trees that are seen growing all over Korea, they twist and turn like snakes and look like someone has been trimming them into shape. This was on a path I took to the top of a mountainous area where I spotted birds and squirrels that looked different from the species we have back in Kansas.

Seoul is home to many ancient palaces that are worth visiting. Our trip took us all over South Korea. We travelled to Gochang, Jeonju, Busan, and then rode back to Seoul in an older model Ssangyong Korando which is like a Korean Jeep.

Below are the roof tops in Jeonju, these are traditional hanok style houses. This style has been disappearing all over Korea and Jeonju is a special place where the past is still alive.

I will forever remember this trip and the black Raven that was on my wrist. Originally we produced 20 of these Trekkers with the DLC finish and still have a few of them available on the website today. We are also getting the new Trekkers next Monday and plan to mix some of the parts around to create a few DLC watches with the yellow accents.

Send us an email if you are interested in a custom built DLC with the yellow accents, or ask us about any other  Raven Trekker 40mm and what we will have available after the new models arrive next week.


News Update: May 2017

The Good News
The new Trekkers are ready and will arrive at our office soon. We pre sold all of the no date models and some of the date models. When they arrive we plan to take the date models and swap around some of the parts with the older models, creating new options. These options will include DLC watches with yellow accents, Jubilee bracelet models with yellow accents, and new oyster bracelet models with black and white dials (no yellow). This will give us more options to make available to you. We will post photos and links as we build these models and add them for sale to to the website.

The Bad News
We have dropped the Defender II and the bronze Endeavour project, due to a lack of pre-orders. Those customers who placed a pre-order have been notified with a cancelled order status, no funds were ever taken for these models. We are keeping the Endeavour pre-order option available and hopefully some of you like the watch design enough and trust our 9 year production track record to place a pre-order and save $100 by doing so at this time. That said this may likely be our last watch that will make available with a pre-order discount. In the future we will design and produce our watches in secret at our office and when they are ready for immediate sales and shipping we will present them for sale. These are competitive times and we are still a small debt free company of 2 people (Steve & Jeff) and we can not risk over production. We have a strong desire to produce the Raven Endeavour, and that will be our focus in the coming months.

Kind Regards,
Steve Laughlin

Winter Camping in Kansas: Part 2

Raven Trekker on the Ranch

by Steve Laughlin

After I wrote Part 1 of this blog entry I received a discouraging email letting me know how “stupid” my stories are and how I should “grow a marketing brain” [on my own blog]. So it took me a few days to get over it and get back on track. I only answered this person by saying “Thank you for your suggestions”, but it got me thinking… Does he know who we are at Raven Watches? Let me use this blog entry to tell you a bit more. You can see the rest of my ranch photos as I tell you more about our company. READ MORE…

Winter Camping in Kansas: Part 1

Heading to the Ranch

by Steve Laughlin

As a volunteer leader for my son’s Trail Life troop we planned a Winter camping trip for the end of February. Being Kansas you never know what the weather will be like, so we decided on a location with heated cabins. The week leading up to the campout was warmer than average reaching nearly 80 degrees, but the forecast showed another “Arctic Blast” would be here by the weekend. READ MORE…

On the roof of the Sahara: Part 4

The Toubou

by Alex Williams

In order to reach the summit we would have to first deal with both the bureaucratic and logistical problems involved in crossing a desert mountain range. Luckily our in-country team SVS had liaised with our local guide and arranged for us to meet the Toubou at their village at the base of the volcano. From there we would be able to negotiate for, and rent, 12 camels and their handlers who would be responsible for getting our remaining expedition gear up to the last camp in the caldera of the volcano and back down again. A journey that would take 9 days. READ MORE…

On the roof of the Sahara: Part 3

The Journey North

by Alex Williams

We rolled out of Chez Wou the following morning in a convoy of four Toyota Land Cruisers laden to the brim with all of the equipment and provisions we would need for a month in the Sahara. Most of the team would be sleeping out under the stars, on nothing but a thin foam mattress wrapped up in a sleeping bag. This reduced our need to bring too much additional camping equipment. But even then the roof racks were still strapped down with food, fuel and other fundamentals as we turned out of the compound and accelerated out of the city limits. READ MORE…

On the roof of the Sahara: Part 1

Summiting Emi Koussi with the Raven Trekker

by Alex Williams

In the first few days of 2017 I left London for N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad, to join a Secret Compass team embarking on a grand expedition into the centre of the Sahara.

Our team of 10 would be led by Luca Alfatti, Wanderlust guide of the year and the mastermind behind the expedition. Our plan was to follow in the footsteps of the renowned explorer Wilfred Thiseger, who in September 1938 was the first to summit Emi Koussi, an extinct pyroclastic shield volcano, and at 3,445m tall, the highest point in the Sahara. READ MORE…