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, sustained and repetitive should be included in the label. An exception to this rule is the use of skis while dogsledding or snowkiting.

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.




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

Example: South Pole Ski Expedition


Using a wind traction device to propel a skier or boarder. Snowkiters sometimes travel in Ski mode.

Example: South Pole Snowkite Expedition


Using a wind traction device to propel a crewed craft

Example: Greenland Wind-Craft Expedition


Using dogs for propulsion, participants may be on skis

Example: North Pole Dogsled Expedition


(walk, run, snowshoe etc)

Using footwear or any footwear attachment for walking or running

Example: South Pole Run

Pedal Drive

(fat bike, trike etc)

Using a pedal drive device for propulsion

Example: Fat Bike Crossing of Antarctica


(kayak, canoe etc)

Using a watercraft propelled by paddling

Example: North Pole Ski Kayak Expedition


Using a watercraft propelled by oar-locked paddling

Example: North Pole Ski Row Expedition


Using a watercraft propelled by wind

Example: North Pole Ski Sail Expedition


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