Expedition

A Path variant

Expedition is a generic term for a journey eg. Polar Expeditions Classification Scheme.

Expedition is also a term for any Path that is not a Crossing, Circumnavigation or Loop and is divided into 4 variants.

An Expedition is also a variant of an Expedition Path.

An Expedition's geographical objective should be named in the label eg North Pole Expedition, Expedition to the Pole of Inaccessibility, etc.


EXPEDITION

An Expedition starts at a Coastline, Outer Coastline, Inland, Offshore or Mid-Ocean margin and reaches a recognisable point eg. South Pole.

Expedition variants:

  • Expedition
  • Full Expedition
  • Inland Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Expedition

Examples:

  • North Pole Expedition
  • Full South Pole Expedition
  • Inland South Pole Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean North Pole Expedition


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RETURN EXPEDITION

A Return Expedition starts and ends at the same point or along the same line, reaching a significant feature at its furthermost point.

The first half of a Return Expedition must satisfy Expedition Path criteria.

A Return Expedition starts and ends at a Coastline, Outer Coastline, Inland, Offshore or Mid-Ocean margin and reaches a recognisable point eg. South Pole Return

Return Expedition variants:

  • Return Expedition
  • Full Return Expedition
  • Inland Return Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Return Expedition

Examples:

  • Return North Pole Expedition
  • Full Return South Pole Expedition
  • Inland Return South Pole Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Return North Pole Expedition




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ALTERNATE RETURN EXPEDITION

An Alternate Return Expedition starts and ends at at a different Coastline, Outer Coastline, Inland, Offshore or Mid-Ocean margin, reaching a significant point at its furthermost point. The first half of a Return Expedition must satisfy Expedition Path criteria.

An Alternate Return South Pole or Alternate Return Antarctica Expedition travels out and back on a different route that is less than 90 degrees of arc between start and end.

An Alternate Return North Pole or Alternate Return Arctic Ocean Expedition must include any point on the Northern Pole Line and have less than 90 degrees of arc between start and end.

A Greenland Alternate Return Expedition has less than 90 degrees of arc between start and end in relation to the Ice Divide

Alternate Return Expedition variants:

  • Alternate Return Expedition
  • Full Alternate Return Expedition
  • Inland Alternate Return Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Alternate Return Expedition

Examples:

  • Alternate Return North Pole Expedition
  • Full Alternate Return South Pole Expedition
  • Inland Alternate Return South Pole Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Alternate Return North Pole Expedition



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REVERSE EXPEDITION

A Reverse Expedition starts at the North or South Pole or other significant feature and ends at a Coastline, Outer Coastline, Inland, Offshore or Mid-Ocean margin.

Reverse Expedition variants:

  • Reverse Expedition
  • Full Reverse Expedition
  • Inland Reverse Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Reverse Expedition

Examples:

  • Reverse North Pole Expedition
  • Full Reverse South Pole Expedition
  • Inland Reverse South Pole Expedition
  • Mid-Ocean Reverse North Pole Expedition


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