- Self-propelled travel
Self-propelled travel is a way of travelling using only
human powered transport. This includes non-motorized machinessuch as a bicycleor skateboard.
Self-propelled travel is used to commute short distances or even for much longer distances such as bicycle touring. It involves a conscious decision made by people who realize that self-propelled travel is environmentally sound, the ideal mode of transportation, and that it enhances
quality of lifeat the same time.
Self-propelled can mean one of two things:
# that one is self-propelled as soon as one engages in any locomotion even if it involves using any fossil fuel burning vehicles. For example, a person may drive by car to a trail, hike on foot and then proceed home by car.Fact|date=May 2008
# that one is only self-propelled if travelling without using any fossil fuel burning vehicles at any point. Fact|date=May 2008
Self-propulsion has been adopted by some adventurers as the new era of real adventure and exploring. A growing number of outdoor enthusiasts, such as the late
Goran Kropp, Tim Harvey, and Colin Angushave achieved major feats entirely by self-propulsion. In 1995, Goran Kroppcycled from Swedento Mount Everest base campfrom which he climbed Everest. He then returned home on bicycle. [ cite web|url = http://www.jerberyd.com/climbing/climbers/kropp/|title = GÖRAN KROPP BIOGRAPHY|accessdate = 2008-05-19|last = Jerberyd|first = Per|authorlink = |year = 2002]
Self-propelled Outdoor Club(SPOC) has formally adopted self-propelled travel as a method for approaching mountaineeringand other objectives. cite web|url = http://www.selfpropelledoutdoorclub.com/spocmainpage.html |title = The Self Propelled Outdoor Club |accessdate = 2008-05-19|last = The Self Propelled Outdoor Club |authorlink = |year = 2008|month = May]
For some, the technological advancements of the present day are undermining challenge, comparing a helicopter ride to the top of a peak to that of getting to that same peak under one's own power. For this, advocates of self-propelled travel can be likened to
Debate and controversy
Debate regarding which mode of transportation qualifies as self-propelled has been ongoing. For travel on skis, the use of an assisting
parachutedoes not qualify. This was decided by a panel which assessed the recent increase of speed by kiteassisted skiers reaching the North Poleand South Pole. Similarly there are questions regarding trips which take advantage of Sailboats.Fact|date=May 2008
Critics of such hard-line definitions suggest a double standard is placed on the use of such apparatus. Other critics question using tailwinds or drafting techniques when cycling and suggest that only travel by foot or swimming qualifies.Fact|date=May 2008
* [http://www.selfpropelledoutdoorclub.com/ Self-Propelled Outdoor Club]
* [http://www.vancouvertovancouver.com/ Tim Harvy: Vancouver to Vancouver Around the World Journey]
* [http://www.angusadventures.com/ Colin Angus: Around the World Journey]
* [http://www.around-n-over.org/ Erden Eruç: round the world and the highest summits in each continent]
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