Posted on March 30 2020
TEST No. 2: Catalina Island, California. In case you’re new around here, adventure is our middle name and there’s nothing we love more than exploring some of the remote wonders in our own backyard. Enter Field Tested, Field Approved, the Catalina Edition. We grabbed our favorite local SoCal ambassadors, travel and adventure cinematographer, Dustin Soulsley, photographer John Barton, and their crew, and headed off to Santa Catalina Island on his 19-foot boat (loaded down with camping gear and a fair amount of beer) for a weekend of camping, hiking, diving, and putting the Field Watch No.1 to the test.
If you’ve never been to Catalina Island, it’s one to add to the bucket list. Located just off the coast of Los Angeles, it stands in sharp contrast to the Los Angeles we all know (and love) and feels more like a mini version of the Italian Riviera.
It’s a clean, quiet island community and the steep rocky cliffs leave clear water caves and kelp forests that house some intimidatingly large fish. Plus, there’s bison. Because it’s largely undeveloped there are plenty of places to find some solitude around the backside, which is exactly where they headed. The crew set up camp right on a rocky beach and hunkered down for a weekend of soaking up the solar power with their trusty Field Watches.
The team turned their phones off and spent the weekend diving, spearfishing, jumping off cliffs, exploring kelp forests, cooking the fish they managed to nab (namely sheepshead fish... delicious, by the way), and making the kind memories that can only be made off the grid. And once again, the Field Watch proved to be the ultimate adventure companion and durable enough to take whatever the team threw at it.