Today I came across this website http://www.polarfirst.com/html/view_int_map.php where two people plan on "circumnavigating the globe" via the Poles in a Bell 430 helicopter...however, in looking at that itinerary..Im not sure how that can be defined as a circumnavigation
Dictionary definition, courtesy of dictionary.com:
"Circumnavigation: To proceed completely around"
(Moderators, I apologize in advance if this is not the technical aviation definition of "circumnavigation")
However, it appears that this routing is not going "completely around" the world as it goes first to the South Pole, and then turns around and backtracks for a bit, takes a slightly different route back up through the Americas to the North Pole, then turns around, backtracks again for a bit, then returns to the start point in NYC...
Can someone explain how they can possibly claim this is a "circumnavigation"?
It seems like to me, in order to be a circumnavigation they would have to not backtrack at all and completely go across Antarctica and up through Asia and Russia to the North Pole, and then back down to NYC...
Thanks for the help,