Take A Seat at Banff


Just had a terrific interview with filmmaker Dominic Gill at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. His movie called “Take a Seat” follows his journey from Alaska to the tip of South America on a tandem bicycle, a journey of 20,000 Miles.

What’s fascinating about his story is the fact he invited complete strangers to ride on his back seat and travel with him for as long as they like. Some road with him for only a few hours, some for a single day. One person tagged along for six weeks.

I met Gill in the media lounge at the Banff Center. He was writing the manuscript for a book about his trip. The funny thing is you can already buy “Take a Seat,” Amazon.com.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Gill said. “I haven’t even finished it yet. I wanted to know how long the book is and Amazon says it’s 280 pages. That’s good to know.”

Special thanks this week to New Belgium Brewing Company for underwriting travel expenses during The 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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I’m a freelance journalist that specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living.