One Year Ago...

One Year Ago...

A year ago the founder of the Appalachian Trail Museum Larry Luxenberg attended the IAT’s International AGM and outdoor economy forum in Scotland and Northern Ireland with a contingent from North America.
Meet the New Executive Director of the SIA QC

Meet the New Executive Director of the SIA QC

After a few months search, the SIA-IAT QC had announced its new Executive Director. Please meet Alexis Turcotte-Noël!
Spring News from the Quebec Chapter of IAT

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.
The IAT is 26 Years Old

The IAT is 26 Years Old

April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day - and the 26th birthday of the IAT!
A Winter Tour of the IATNL Blow Me Down Mountain Trail

A Winter Tour of the IATNL Blow Me Down Mountain Trail

On April 15, IATNL Director Paul Wylezol and a few friends took advantage of a beautiful late winter/early spring day to take a snowmobile ride on Western Newfoundland's Blow Me Down Mountains, following the route of the IATNL Blow Me Down Mountain Trail.
When Life Gives You Lemons...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

With the world-wide pandemic hanging over us all and long-distance hiking being discouraged, many of us are getting cabin-fever. This includes hiking phenom Nimblewill Nomad (aka M.J. Eberhart).
We're Back!

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.
2019 SIA News from Spain

2019 SIA News from Spain

2019 was a busy year for the Sendero Internacional de los Apalaches España.
The 25th Celebration Wraps up with a Birthday Party

The 25th Celebration Wraps up with a Birthday Party

The IAT Maine Chapter will host a party on the occasion of Dick's 85th birthday to celebrate all that the International Appalachian Trail has become and all that it will be in the future.
Coming to a smart phone near you!

Coming to a smart phone near you!

For the past six months, the Maine Chapter of the IAT has been working with the developers of the premiere trail guide app, Guthook Guides, to create a digital hiker’s guide of the International Appalachian Trail in Maine and Canada.
The IAT/SIA is 25!

The IAT/SIA is 25!

Just a concept 25 years ago, the International Appalachian Trail now joins three continents!
Spring Trail Work on the IAT in Maine

Spring Trail Work on the IAT in Maine

As happens every spring, a dedicated group of Maine IAT volunteers spent a few days on the trail in the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument clearing winter blowdowns (aka wind-falls or windthrows), checking lean-tos and re-stocking toilet paper in the privies.
7th International Geopark Conference

7th International Geopark Conference

On September 27-30, IATNL / Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks at Torquay, England, where he learned more about the UNESCO Global Geopark programme and gave a presentation on next year’s 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys of Western Newfoundland and Eastern Canada.
Ulster Ireland Hosts IAT Annual Meeting

Ulster Ireland Hosts IAT Annual Meeting

On September 19 to 25, IAT Ulster Ireland hosted the International Appalachian Trail Annual General Meeting, from Slieve League in County Donegal to Ballycastle, County Antrim. The week-long event included scenic hikes, historic tours, fine dining and tasty beers, all with the great hospitality this beautiful emerald island is renowned for.
Maine IAT 24th Annual Meeting

Maine IAT 24th Annual Meeting

The 24th gathering for the annual meeting of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail began at the Patten Lumberman’s Museum at 3:00 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.
Walter Anderson Named Honorary Director

Walter Anderson Named Honorary Director

At the 24th annual IAT Maine meeting, President Don Hudson surprised long-time Board Member and IAT Chief Geologist Walter Anderson with a formal certificate recognizing him as an Honorary Director.
Film showcases journey through Katahdin Woods and Waters

Film showcases journey through Katahdin Woods and Waters

On August 24th in 2016, an 87,563-acre plot of land in the heart of Maine was designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by former President Barack Obama. Although met with controversy on all sides, the area had yet been explored on a large scale. In September 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers set out on a three-part journey through Katahdin Woods and Waters to investigate.
Joggins Fossil Centre Hosts IAT Council Meeting

Joggins Fossil Centre Hosts IAT Council Meeting

On Saturday, September 30, the IAT held its annual North America Council Meeting at Joggins Fossil Centre, Nova Scotia, part of Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. The meeting included chapter updates, website and social media, mapping, international gatherings, and fundraising.
IAT Attends 2017 ATC Bienniel

IAT Attends 2017 ATC Bienniel

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy held the workshop and business component of its 2017 Biennial Conference at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, between Friday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th. The International Appalachian Trail was well-represented by a North American contingent, including Maine Chapter Board Members Dick Anderson, Don Hudson, Earl Raymond, and Herb Hartman, as well as Poul Jorgensen from New Brunswick and Paul Wylezol from Newfoundland.
IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

During summer 2017, the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador in conjunction with Cabox Aspiring Geopark is commemorating the 250th Anniversary of British navigator, surveyor, cartographer and explorer James Cook’s survey of Western Newfoundland, his fifth and final year of Newfoundland surveys and tenth and final year in Eastern Canada.
IAT Signatory to Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

IAT Signatory to Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

For its size, Scotland has world-class geodiversity–the variety of rocks, landforms, sediments, soils and the natural processes which form and alter them span a vast 3 billion-year-long geological timescale. It is internationally regarded the birthplace of modern geoscience, led by James Hutton’s great insights on deep time in the late 18th century.
IAT Maine Honors Governor Joe Brennan

IAT Maine Honors Governor Joe Brennan

On April 10, 2017, IAT Maine honored former Maine Governor Joe Brennan for helping launch the International Appalachian Trail on Earth Day 1993.
Baxter State Park closes Katahdin Lake Trail access from KWW National Monument

Baxter State Park closes Katahdin Lake Trail access from KWW National Monument

At their meeting in December, the Baxter State Park Authority closed access to Katahdin Lake along the route from the east while the park evaluates the potential impacts of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
IAT Greenlanders Hikes IAT Newfoundland

IAT Greenlanders Hikes IAT Newfoundland

From October 12 to 15, a small group of Greenland youth from the Uummannaq Peninsula and their Danish leader René Kristensen were in Western Newfoundland to hike sections of the IATNL. They were joined by French film maker Marc Buriot and arrived from St. John`s where they attended an Inuit Studies Conference and screened local Greenland films, including INUK.
IAT Ulster Ireland Group Visits Scotland

IAT Ulster Ireland Group Visits Scotland

At the IAT Annual General Meeting in Strabane, Northern Ireland on September 22, IAT Ulster Ireland officials expressed interest in touring sections of IAT Scotland to learn about trail planning and development by their northern neighbour.
IAT, ATC and AMC Meet with Irish Mayors

IAT, ATC and AMC Meet with Irish Mayors

On November 17, representatives from the International Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club and the mayors of Donegal, Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council, Northern Ireland met at the AMC headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
IAT Attends ALDHA's 35th Annual Gathering

IAT Attends ALDHA's 35th Annual Gathering

Highlighted by a blaze of fall colors, Board Members of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (MaineIAT) traveled along the Mohawk Trail (Rt.2) to Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. to attend the 3-day 35th Annual Gathering of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA).

IAT Presents at England's Cook Museums

On September 16 & 17, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol was in England visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton.  While there he gave a presentation on the 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys in Eastern Canada, most noteably in Newfoundland.   In the coming years, James Cook 250 will a unique opportunity for the IAT and partner UK National Trails to promote their natural and cultural heritage across the…

Celebrating a National Treasure - Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

On August 24, U.S. President Barack Obama used his executive authority to create the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on land donated to the federal government by entrepreneur and conservationist Roxanne Quimby.  More than 87,500 acres of forestland in Maine’s fabled North Woods was designated in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, in a historic but unilateral decision following years of bitter debate. The new national monument – which will be managed by the…

16 Days Celebrating Thames Path National Trail

Britain’s famous River Thames, which flows through the city of London, boasts a National Trail called the Thames Path.  2016 marks the Path’s 20th anniversary since its designation, and in July hundreds of ramblers and walkers celebrated by taking part in a 16 day walking relay from source to sea. The commemorative baton was carried over 200 miles and ceremonially passed on each day by local dignitaries. It was a relay that would appeal to…