|like most overseas trips, this one started with the classic traveler's breakfast: a scone and a strong cup of coffee (in this case a triple shot-in-the-dark)|
It's great beta, flying over the Rockies, checking out the terrain below for future trips...
|Denver (left), Mount Evans (far right)|
|Grand Mesa overlooks Grand Junction (right), Powderhorn ski resort (left of center)|
...and it can be a little depressing seeing the devastation from the oil and gas industry.
|each of these clearings is several acres in size but they have just one tiny well per clearing. obviously there was no thought to minimize impact or road cuts - they just trashed this entire mesa top|
But I digress
Got into Seoul late and such was my state that I could only marvel at the vast array of buttons in the elevator. Oooooooooo
|The Dormy Inn|
On the drive to DAC & Helinox, I can see the 5th tallest building in the world in the distance but can't get a decent photo. It's TALL. These are normal...
the crane business must be insane
This trip's first meeting with my good friend Jake Lah, owner of DAC.
I first met Jake in the early 90's, looking for new tent poles for Kelty (I was the Kelty designer). During our first meeting Jake showed me two sketchbooks filled with tent designs. He was a tent designer, not just a pole maker. We used his poles immediately and it became clear that it was his desire to make new and better tents that drove his pole innovations. Now some 25-odd years later, it's simply a fact that Jake has been the inventor of the vast majority of the tent innovations the world's tent markets have seen.
We talked a lot (as we do).
|Jake next to his first non-tentpole project - the project that gave Helinox its name - telescopes with super-sophisticated controls (before everyone else did it)|
|the Helinox Creative Center|
|my host, Young Lah, owner of Helinox, with one of his managers, Jenn|
|cots and chairs|
|cot print: baroque?|
|cot print: just plain out there|
|cot print: Mexican surrealist|
|I love it: the fabric is almost like a rug|
|more plush rug fabric on a chair - I like it|