Our instruments are created to complement a lifestyle. They are handy tools to give you vital information when in the mountains and under the sea, as Jorn said last week. We share a lifestyle with everyone who enjoys our watches and instruments. One of them is Martin Geisler, who is a Hard Black owner, and a self proclaimed timegeek. Martin took time out from his job recently as a corporate manager for a US pharmaceutical company to travel. One of the destinations was Nepal, where he spent 15 days with his dad trekking in the Solokhumbu area, better known as the Everest region.
Martin’s intention was to enjoy quality time in one of nature’s finest areas, not to climb the highest possible peaks. He reached the peak of Chukung-Ri at 5.550 meters. On his return, he was kind enough to share a few comments from his experience:
“The LW Land Instrument, mounted on my trusted Hard Black DLC watch, was a great help in tracking our progress during our daily treks. Especially in an area, where distances suddenly become measured in hours or even days instead of kilometers or miles. Once calibrated to the correct altitude, I could easily follow the amount and time spend on ascending/descending as there wasn’t a single stretch of flat land of more than max. 5 minutes.”
“It sometimes was particularly “frustrating” (read: fun) to see we had to descend several hundred meters in altitude just to cross a small river before we could climb the same amount on the other side to cover a distance which normally would take only 10 minutes. The graphic interface illustrated our efforts in a very simple yet powerful way, detailing the hours spent on climbing.
At one point the built-in compass proved helpful as we were surprised by thick clouds that suddenly covered the high pass of Lamjura (3.600m) and reduced visibility significantly. It helped us double-check the correct direction we were heading as well as track the resulting sudden fall in temperature. Crossing a forest of rhododendron trees in thick clouds was a very special, exciting experience.”
“The wearing comfort of the watch / instrument combo was surprisingly good. At no point did the Instrument get in the way or fall off. Also, it did not leave any marks on the watch, despite the daily disconnections and reconnections, which shows both the thought-through details of the connection mechanism as well as the quality of the Hard Black coating. Only visible marks of the trip by the way are scratches on the folding clasp caused by unplanned rock contact.
In summary I was very happy to have the LW Land Instrument with me as it proved to be a great tool for controlling trekking progress, especially altitudes covered.”
This is the sort of feedback we appreciate from LW watch and instrument owners, who help us improve our creations for them. Martin also mentioned he had to recharge the instrument daily, but thought the possibility to recharge with a connected 9V battery proved very helpful, especially in an area with limited or expensive access to electricity. It is something we have already improved for The Rock, the Land Instrument II. It will last for 3 to 5 days depending on the usage of external sensors, compass and backlight. Now we can give The Rock more power to run on longer expeditions.