The Defender II – GMT

The Defender II GMT

by Steve Laughlin

As new watch models are being released at Basel World 2017, watch enthusiasts from around the world are boarding long flights to and from Switzerland. I am sure some of those globetrotters were wearing a GMT on the wrist because they understand the beauty of the functionality that this type of watch offers. The last few years I have grown to appreciate and depend on a good GMT for several trips I have taken to South East Asia. Since 2011 I have been flying to Hong Kong for business and to attend the annual Watch & Clock Fair. I have always been drawn to that part of the world so in addition to these work related visits, I have explored Thailand and Vietnam on side trips, discovering new things about the world, but always aware of what time it is back home. READ MORE…

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…