Will you benefit from any transitory or long-term aid or assistance between the start and end points of your journey?
If not, you are an Unsupported journey. If yes, you are a Supported journey.
A journey is Unsupported if:
To be classified as Unsupported a journey must deny use of all types of above support for the entire journey.
A journey is classified as supported if it receives one or more of the above types of support
The absence of Unsupported in a label indicates that a journey is supported.
Use of satellite phones, weather and ice forecasting, and advisers on standby etc. are accepted forms of aid and not deemed as support. In many cases an expedition will not be permitted to proceed without multiple means of external communication. See Code of Integrity for advice on usage.
A guided journey is not classified as supported as the guide is not being guided and is therefore not Supported unless other types of support apply. However a journey description must include reference to it being a guided journey. A guided journey cannot be solo.
* The abandoned DYE 2 and DYE 3 stations in Greenland are located on common routes across the ice sheet. These Cold War relics offer historical interest and brief visits inside are not considered support unless used as a weather shelter or removing artefacts (which can be used for repairs to equipment).
** The South Pole Overland Traverse (SPoT) ice road runs from McMurdo Station across the Ross Ice Shelf, up the Leverett Glacier and across the plateau to the South Pole. The ice road is permanently flagged and graded at the start of each season. Any similarly prepared roads constructed in future will be classified as support if used on a journey.