Even as a child, Dominik preferred to spend the night outside in the garden than in his home bed. On his forays through meadows and forests he observed animals and collected plants. TV series after school didn’t let him stay long in the apartment, he much preferred paddling down the Elbe on his own with self-made means of transport – not always to the delight of his often worried parents. Instead of video games and sweets, practical items such as binoculars, knives and compass were on the Christmas wish list. His favorite subjects were the natural sciences biology and geography, in which he created cross-curricular documentation out of his own interest. During his time in the military, he learned to appreciate the art of survival and the supportive use of technical aids, he was particularly fond of special vehicles. He deepened the knowledge he had already learned with the courses in nature conservation and vehicle technology, and consolidated his practical skills with the master craftsman’s examination in the automotive trade. He was drawn into the world, traveling to new countries and discovering remote areas was his passion. From the purpose of documentation he developed a passion for photography. The scenic diversity of the continents always attracted him anew, but he still enjoyed returning to his second home, the Scandinavian north, on a regular basis. In the beginning he still used slightly modified cars for his tours, later on based on his own plans and experience he constructed extremely durable, reliable and globally applicable travel and expedition vehicles. The knowledge gained during his development work in an automotive company also helped him. In 2014, he and a friend started the Backcountry Expeditions website. Over the years, he has filled the website content with well-founded technical knowledge, his findings in the outdoor area and tour photos and has reviewed numerous manufacturer products. His thought: if you help people to find the best possible product and to impart useful knowledge, you also help our planet earth. In 2019 he registered Backcountry Expeditions with the four cornerstones in the logo (adventure tours, expedition vehicles, outdoor products, photography) as a registered trademark; a future company that should stand for responsible and sustainable treatment of our environment.
Our life was practically always outside. What we have in common is the love of freedom and nature. We are looking for the way to adventure. With the offers on our website, we would like you to participate in our global experience. Sustainability determined our life from childhood on; Awards such as “Best waste material collector 1987” were a particular incentive for us. Today it is all the more important not only to stay true to this principle, but also to convey this philosophy to other people. It is a personal concern of ours to limit the human influence in our environment to the lowest possible level. And that starts with what we buy (long-lasting and environmentally friendly products) and how we deal with it (avoiding waste and properly disposing of what has accumulated).
Everything starts with a journey. So the name “Backcountry Expeditions” came about very early on, even before our website was created. This motto, “Hinterland discovery trips”, characterizes our adventure and experience tours, which we plan, organize and carry out exclusively ourselves. Without getting to know the beauties of our planet, people often find it difficult to understand and learn to protect them. We see ourselves on a “mission”, and we place top priority on sustainable nature conservation. As a result of this responsibility, we do not publicly disclose exact directions for our tours or GPS coordinates of protected destinations. Experience has shown that it is above all people who treat nature in a particularly responsible manner, who had to show a high level of commitment or initiative themselves in order to find certain places at all. To protect our planet from environmentally harmful mass tourism and to preserve nature for future generations, we ourselves live true to the motto “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”. You can find out more about dealing with and behavior in nature in our tour FAQs.
In addition to one of our tours, you can also rent a fully equipped off-road and expedition vehicle for your own private vacation trip. Of course, we can also provide you with special travel and camping equipment if required.
We photograph with passion – for us as well as for you. Both the beauty of nature and special moments as well as the presentation of selected products offer us unique motifs. In our photo gallery we let you take part in our worldwide experiences, and we also offer you various print media (e.g. canvases) of our high-resolution photo motifs for sale.
With our honest product reviews and practical tests, we would like to help you buy sensible outdoor equipment. This saves you unnecessary negative experiences and helps to use the resources of our planet in a more sustainable way. In addition to the corresponding practical suitability, an independent objectivity in the assessment is decisive for us. All the products presented were used by us in everyday life and on tour; It is not uncommon for a short product life story to emerge over the longest possible period of use.
In our large knowledge database, we have put everything that is not a direct offer to you, but gives you invaluable experience on various topics. From the purchase of certain outdoor equipment and clothing to the explanation of technical systems to a wide variety of instructions and recipes.
The market is already overflowing with poorly thought out, short-lived, inferior and sometimes even dangerous products. In our shop we only offer you a range of high-quality, carefully selected products that have been extensively tested by us in practice. Consequently, we do not sell anything that we do not use ourselves, have used in the past and / or can recommend without hesitation.
We strive for individuality, we are happy to accept your special requests for the points mentioned here. Be it a specific travel destination that you want to reach with us, an individual off-road vehicle that you would like us to (re) build, a personal photo motif that you dream of, a detailed review of your choice, or a product, which you still miss in our shop … do not hesitate to contact us.