In 2006 Dominic began his first cycle touring journey from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina, on, of all things, a tandem, inviting random strangers to hop on the rear seat and help him pedal south. Understanding the potential of this experience over the next 2 years, he created his platform of Inclusive Adventure. No Doors, No Windows to block out reality…..and a spare seat for someone join in!
A few years later in 2011 Dominic traveled to Egypt. Still in the midst of a revolution, the people of Egypt have attracted global attention by triggering what has come to be known as the Arab Spring. With all eyes on this ancient and changing country, I took my ‘no doors, no windows’ concept of ‘Take A Seat’ to the heart of the revolution, Tahrir Square. A 4000km journey, temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius in the desert, and a spare back seat on a tandem bicycle in a country famous for the Pharaohs, the Promised Land and the Nile. But today, what best represents Egypt’s identity? With a small camera crew, Dominic plans to find out with the help of 7 different Egyptian companions leading him through the tourist hotspots, the back of beyond, and everything in-between (Take A Seat Egypt Trailer: https://vimeo.com/30600903 )
It was particularly in the ‘back of beyond’ spots where my Goal Zero Sherpa 50 power pack and solar panels came in handy. Even our small HDSLR cameras get through batteries fairly quickly, but whether it be in the middle of the desert or on a boat on the Nile, one thing that’s a constant in an Egyptian summer is a painfully hot sun. Thanks to their rugged design and light weight, I could take the panels and power pack on the tandem for the entire journey, which emant, even when we were a long way from the camera unit and their vehicle, we could keep on shooting.