Mode of Travel

The discipline or combination of disciplines used to move or propel expeditioners on a journey

Each Mode of Travel is independently classified under PECS and its inclusion in a label is a fundamental requirement of the scheme. A journey’s Mode of Travel is the sum of its modes irrespective of whether the mode is used by all members.

Any Supplementary Mode that is planned or sustained or repetitive should be included in the label. An exception to this criterion is the use of skis while dogsledding or snowkiting. The percentage or distance of travel using primary and supplementary modes should be published in a journey's description.

Aside from support vehicles and vessels, journeys using engines or motors for propulsion, for any part of the journey, are not covered by PECS.

Other than select journeys on the Arctic Ocean, transportation to a start point and from an end point is not considered under PECS.


TYPE


DEFINITION

RESTRICTIONS

Ski

Using skis for the majority of a journey while hauling a sled

Skis are typically used by skiers, snowkiters and dogsledders

Use of footwear, crampons or flotation devices may be used for short periods of a journey

Example: South Pole Ski Expedition

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Snowkite

Using a wind traction device to propel a skier or boarder

Snowkiters sometimes travel in Ski mode

Example: South Pole Snowkite Expedition

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Wind-Craft

Using a wind traction device to propel a crewed craft

Wind-craft sailors sometimes push, pull or haul their craft over non-sailable sections

Example: Greenland Wind-Craft Expedition

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Dogsled

Using dogs for propulsion

Dogsledders sometimes travel in Ski mode

Example: North Pole Dogsled Expedition

May not claim Ski as a Mode of Travel if supplies are hauled by dogs

Foot

Using footwear or any footwear attachment for walking or running

Sub-modes and terms - Run, Walk, Snowshoe

Example: South Pole Run

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Pedal Drive

Using a pedal drive device for propulsion

Riding should be the predominant form of travel however the device may be pushed on foot or carried over unrideable sections

Loads can be carried on the device, on the rider or can be towed

Sub-modes and terms - Fatbike, Tricycle, Quadricycle, Recumbent, Bike, Ride

Example: Fatbike Crossing of Antarctica

While travelling the rider must maintain physical contact with the device

If a pedal driven device is towed on a sled it inherits a supplementary mode eg. Bike-Ski Crossing of Antarctica

If a device is placed on a vehicle it is a Discontinuous journey eg. Discontinuous South Pole Trike Expedition


Paddle

Using a watercraft propelled by paddling

Sub-modes - Kayak, Sea Kayak, Canoe

Example: Sea Kayak Circumnavigation of Svalbard

If a paddled watercraft is towed by the paddler it inherits Ski or Foot as a supplementary mode eg. Antarctic Peninsula Kayak-Ski Expedition

Row

Using a watercraft propelled by oar-locked paddling

Rowers sometimes push or pull their craft over non-rowable sections

Example: North Pole Row Expedition

If a rowed watercraft is towed by the rower it inherits Ski or Foot as a supplementary mode eg. North Pole Row-Ski Expedition

Sail

Using a watercraft propelled by wind

Sailors sometimes push or pull their craft over non-sailable sections

Sub-modes and terms - Catamaran, Trimaran, Dinghy

Example: Sail Loop on the Arctic Ocean

If a wind-propelled craft is towed by the sailor it inherits Ski or Foot as a supplementary mode eg. North Pole Sail-Ski Expedition


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