New FarOut Guide for Newfoundland now available!

The Newfoundland section of the IAT/SIA has been added to the FarOut trail guide app for long-distance hikers! With over 700km/450mi of “main” trail and 280km/175mi of backcountry “routes”, the Newfoundland section includes some of the most dramatic scenery and challenging hikes on the entire IAT/SIA in North America.

Newfoundland joins IAT/SIA guides for Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec which were released in 2020 along with Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia which were released earlier this year.

For those unfamiliar with FarOut Guides (formerly known as “Guthook”), they were first developed as an iPhone app in 2012 by AT thru-hiker (and Maine native) Ryan Linn and have become the most widely used trail app for long-distance hikers in the years since. The app allows hikers to download detailed, up-to-date maps and information on campsites, water sources, resupply opportunities and more to any smart phone. Additionally, users can share information about current trail conditions, hiker-friendly towns or places to get a good hamburger.

The Newfoundland section of the IAT/SIA begins near the Marine Atlantic ferry terminal in Port aux Basques at the southwest corner of the island of Newfoundland, then extends north along the west coast to Crow Head at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula just east of L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vinland of the Greenlander Sagas. 

It is composed of the Newfoundland T’Railway (aka Trans Canada Trail), an assortment of gravel logging roads, and little-traveled secondary highways. Along the way, experienced wilderness hikers can detour onto one of the IATNL backcountry mountain routes spread throughout Western Newfoundland, from the Grand Codroy Way east of Codroy Valley, Lewis Hills Trail and Blow Me Down Traverse between Stephenville and Corner Brook, Humber Valley Trail near the city of Corner Brook, North Arm Traverse on the North Arm Hills between Bay of Islands and Trout River Pond in Gros Morne National Park, and Indian Lookout Trail southeast of Portland Creek on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Once you’ve completed the initial setup of the app, all of the trail guides work offline. They use your device’s internal GPS to display your current location and guide you along the route. Offline use includes access to all features of the guide, including the map, elevation profile, waypoint list, and more.  

Waypoints are plotted on the map and elevation profile, and each waypoint includes its own detail page with photos and descriptions. Water waypoints offer the most up-to-date water information, gathered from trusted sources and checked by other users.

The Newfoundland sections is available for $14.99 (USD). The original Maine and New Brunswick sections are available for $7 (USD) each and the Quebec section is $13. You can buy all six sections for $41.99 – the thru hiker special! For more information visit the FarOut website.

IATNL Launches New Website

This year the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland and Labrador (IATNL) is no longer a teenager!  And to mark the 20 year milestone, we are launching a new and improved website with nearly 10,000 photos, numerous trail route descriptions, maps and gps tracks, and over 200 news stories dating back to 2009.

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IAT Ireland Welcomes Western Way

After 2022’s successful launch of its new and improved IAT Ireland, IAT Europe’s most westerly chapter has welcomed the Western Way, a long-distance walking trail taking in spectacular scenery in the counties of Galway and Mayo in the west of Ireland.

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Explore the great outdoors: IAT Ulster-Ireland

Ireland’s chapter in the International Appalachian Trail runs from the spectacular West Donegal to the stunning North Coast in County Antrim. Get ready to take the next step on one of the world’s largest walking trail networks, the Ulster–Ireland leg of the International Appalachian Trail.

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Must See IATV

While there is nothing as invigorating as a winter hike on the IAT/SIA, some of you may prefer to just watch a hike from the comfort of your home. If you do, we have some suggestions to get you started.

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News from TIA Portugal

In Portugal, the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches follows the Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia in the Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark. While this section of the IAT was almost completely destroyed by fires in 2017, it’s recovering better than ever.

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IAT Ulster Ireland Development on Track

Press Release, 1 March 2021. Progress to enhance Ulster Ireland International Appalachian Trail Walking Experience on track. Work to enhance the Derry and Strabane section of the International Appalachian Trial (IAT) is on track to be completed by the end of May 2021.

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Pioneers of Appalachian Geology

The Pioneers of Appalachian Geology are back! With much help from the IAT/SIA geology committee, the new and improved pioneers page now honors over 30 geologists who have made key contributions to the understanding of Appalachian/Caledonian terranes and to geologic principals in general.

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The IAT is in Guthook Guides!

, it took longer then we thought it would, but the first three sections of the IAT are now available in Guthook Guides. And by first three, we mean the original sections of the IAT: Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec.

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Spring News from the Quebec Chapter of IAT

The Sentier international des Appalaches – Québec has published its May, 2020 newsletter. In addition to COVID-19 related updates, it includes information for hikers on reservations and trail guides, and introduces Alexis Turcotte-Noël, the new director of SIA-QC.

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IATNL Directors Visit AT Southern Terminus

On March 15, IATNL Directors Arne Helgeland and Paul Wylezol visited the Appalachian Trail Basecamp in Amicalola Falls State Park near the southern terminus of the AT at Springer Mountain, Georgia. They took advantage of an opportunity to detour while traveling between New Orleans, LA and Tampa Bay, Florida.

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We’re Back!

Well, that was a bit of a span between posts. Sorry about that. The IAT/SIA has had a busy year and posting stories to the website kept falling to the bottom of the to-do list. But that should change soon! Mainly because we’re nearing the completion of an updated website design and we’re all itching to see our stories in the new and improved format.

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