IAT News

IATS Launches Mirlo Fundraising Campaign

From Leon to Gijon through the Picos de Europa mountains, the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) is on the move in Spain and is now receiving the support of Mirlo, a new company that offers its clients the possibility of living their lives while leaving a positive footprint on the planet. They "make environmental projects happen thanks to people like you, with projects that make a real impact" and "an economic model that creates a positive environmental footprint by definition."
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South Greenland Installs IAT Trail Markers

In June 2014, the International Appalachian Trail in South Greenland made improvements to the IAT route between Tasiusaq and Nunataaq.  Work included trimming branches and refreshing red paint spot trail markers on rocks, as well as erecting the first IAT Greenland blazes.

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Wales' Glyndŵr's Way National Trail Joins IAT

In June 2014, Wales' Glyndŵr's Way National Trail  joined the International Appalachian Trail, establishing IAT figure 8 links between the Wales Coast Path and Offa's Dyke Path.  The 135 mile (216 km) trail through tranquil pastoral farmland, across open moors and past lakes and reservoirs, follows in the footsteps of Owain Glyndŵr, the Welsh warrior Prince who fought against English domination in Wales during the 15th century.  

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Repairs to IAT Scotland's Mull of Galloway Trail

Earlier this year, IAT Scotland's Mull of Galloway Trail - which was created by the Rotary Club of Stranraer - sustained substantial damage as a result of severe winter storms in January and February.  Plans were drawn up to repair and improve the route, and as a result, the trail is once again in good condition, and in places even better than before.

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IAT 20th Anniversary Meeting at Twin Pines

From June 4 - 7, the International Appalachian Trail held its 20th Anniversary IAT North America General Meeting at Twin Pine Camps near Millinocket, Maine.  Located in view of (Mount) Katahdin - the end of the AT and beginning of the IAT - it was here at the 2008 AGM that the IAT decided to extend across the Atlantic Ocean to Western Europe and North Africa.  A special focus of the 20th anniversary meeting was geo-heritage, including presentations by a number of respected geologists from the U.S., Canada and Scotland.
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Maine Chapter Attends 2014 GAC-MAC Meeting

On May 21, Don Hudson, Bob Marvinney and Walter Anderson of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail attended the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of Canada - Mineral Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  The meeting was attended by approximately 900 professional geologists, educators, public officials and industry representatives.

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IAT-QC Travels to France for GR Agreement

 

From March 18 to April 9, IAT Quebec Director Eric Chouinard travelled to France to meet with officials of the FFRP (Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre) to conclude an agreement on IAT Quebec's entry into Europe's Grande Randonnée (GR) network of long-distance footpaths, and to represent the IAT-QC at tourism fairs specialized in hiking and nature tourism in Lyon and Paris.  Since September 2011, the FFRP are IAT partners in France.

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IATNL Planning Geopark in Newfoundland

The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador has taken a page from the IAT Europe playbook with plans to establish a Global Geopark, spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Gros Morne National Park. Other stakeholders include Western DMO, Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Ltd, and all towns in the Bay of Islands and western side of Gros Morne National Park.

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