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I have just stood up a brand new website a new outdoor adventure forum for anyone to participate in for free!

I have posted a few new trip reports for you all to read over at the Forum:

In the distant future, this blog may be shut down, and everything transferred over to the Seek Adventure Forums. I have not decided yet, but I believe the Seek Adventure Forums will be better for everyone as a whole, as it allows every user to share and post!

Please stop by and join the discussion and share the new website with your friends!

Prewitt Ridge Ocean View Camping

Update: Cattywampur is in transition to a new website Called Seek Adventure (, you can finish reading this article and join the discussion at the new Seek Adventure Forums!

I am currently in the middle of a career change and had some extra free time, so I decided to go camping! I always wanted to go to Big Sur and drive up the Pacific Coast Highway in my Jeep Wrangler, but it was over 7 hours away from were I live in Southern California and I just never had the time.

Now with a few free extra free days, I decided to drive up toward Big Sur and check out Prewitt Ridge for some ocean views and free dispersed camping. I chose Prewitt Ridge because I wanted a free dispersed camp ground I could easily get to in my Wrangler. I also wanted beautiful ocean views from my campsite. I found a great article on The Outbound which I used to start my research.

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What3words A new Coordinate System for pin pointing Locations

What3words is a new coordinate system for easily sharing locations. Instead of using a Latitude and Longitude coordinate like: 37.8651° N, 119.5383° W or and Military Grid Reference System point like: 50S QG 23281 93884 you can now share any location on earth with just a string of three words like: Simply.Demolished.Tuition

In the Paragraph above I just expressed the location for Yosemite National Park in three distinct ways:

  1. 37.8651° N, 119.5383° W
  2. 50S QG 23281 93884
  3. Simply.Demolished.Tuition

Which one of the three above is easiest for you to share with a friend? I think the third way, which is how What3words works!

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Two nights (Almost three) in Avalon, Visiting Catalina Island

Been living in Southern California for a few years now, and have always wanted to take the trip to Catalina Island. A couple weekends ago, we had a long weekend and I was able to make the trip with my girlfriend. We honestly just booked the ferry, and hotel and didn’t do a whole lot of research or pre-planning for this trip….just kind of winged it but we loved it.

The minute the Catalina Island Express ferry came close to the harbor, I knew I was arriving on an Island where I was going to feel right at home:

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Coyote Flats and two 13k Peaks

Update: Cattywampur is in transition to a new website Called Seek Adventure (, you can finish reading this article and join the discussion at the new Seek Adventure Forums!

While the crowds flooded Yosemite and other National Parks this labor day weekend, I had my eyes set on a beautiful piece land that falls under the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) called Coyote Flats in the Easter Sierras outside of Bishop California.

We started in the desert, drove up an amazing dirt road to a mountain plateau, drove through the forest and came out with an amazing view of the eastern Sierra Nevadas.

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Photographing Reflection Canyon

A roughly 10 hour drive to Escalante Utah, brought me to Hole in the Rock Road where I drove 50 miles down a dirt road to hike 10 miles through the desert to see the beautiful Reflection Canyon.

Reflection Canyon was the high point of the trip, but it was one heck of an adventure to get there!

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HMG Southwest 3400 VS 4400

I just sold my favorite pack that I ever owned…. the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400. A few months ago I finally ditched Osprey for my main backpacking pack, and jumped into Hyperlite Mountain Gear and never looked back.

I had previously owned the Osprey Atmos 50 and the Osprey Atmos 65. Osprey makes some of the most comfortable packs, and have one fo the best warranties in the industry. Over all they are an absolutely amazing company.

One of the reasons I switched to Hyperlite Mountain Gear was the weight. The Osprey 65 (65L) weighed in at 4lbs 6oz. The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest 3400 (64.8L) weighed in at 2.10lbs (Black Version).  The Southwest is about half the weight!

This post is not going to be an in depth review of the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest pack, but a comparison of the 3400 and the 4400 version.

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MYOG: Crampon Bag

If you have read any of my previous articles I first stepped into MYOG (Make Your Own Gear) with an attempt at a bivy sack. Long story short, your first attempt at MYOG should not be a large project like a bivy sack, start small. I never finished that project but learned a lot form it and am getting ready for attempt two.

Before starting off on attempt two of the Bivy sack, I decided to try something small. On my Mt Whitney tip, I carried Crampons for the entire trip. I was fortunate I did because of the early season trip, we would not have been able to complete the hike without them.

I hated placing my crampons in my pack each time I used them, because I was afraid their tips would puncture everything in my pack. They also would get everything wet.

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MSR has New Gear for 2017!

First off I am not being paid by MSR nor do I have any special connection with them.

Now that I got that out of the way, I have to say I am pretty excited for a few of their new products for the year, despite there website currently having some issues. I kindly informed them, and they worked quickly to fix it:

Anywho, back on topic to what I am excited about from MSR this year.

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22 Hours of Driving, 1.5 Days of Snowshoeing

Since I have moved out to Southern California, I have been dreaming of making a trip up to Yosemite.  My one caveat is, when I go out in nature I like to be away from crowds, and I have heard some horror stories from friends waiting hours to get into Yosemite National Park. So how could I go visit Yosemite National Park and avoid the crowds? Go camping overnight in  the cold snow!

Before this trip I have never gone snowshoeing before in my life. While planning my trip up to Badger Pass ski area and Glacier Point road I debated the idea of Cross Country Skiing vs Snowshoeing. In the end, I chose snowshoeing because it essentially walking with bigger shoes, and I believed cross country skiing is more of a skill I would have to learn.

My Gear layout before the trip:

Snowshoeing Gear List for Yosemite

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