Mali & Niger 2006 > Desert Eclipse Expedition > The Camping Trip > The Campers

Gavin Bate, the expedition leader from Northern Ireland. Read about his other expeditions.

Gavin climbed the tallest mountains on all the continents as a treat to himself in 2000. He has stories for all occasions. On September 11, 2001, he was returning from a camel trek in the Sinai, and found the town of Dahab watching televisions perched on chairs in the street (a common mode where TV ownership is not universal). The tourists were petrified, the local residents celebrating. "I turned my camel round and went back into the desert."