IAT Ulster-Ireland Receives Grant for Trail Improvements

IAT Ulster-Ireland Receives Grant for Trail Improvements

The IAT in Ulster-Ireland is about to receive a big upgrade thanks to a funding secured through a cross-border cooperation project between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the Rural Development Programme.
Spain Adds Ciudad Real Section to the SIA

Spain Adds Ciudad Real Section to the SIA

SIA Spain has announced the completion of 48 kilometers of new trail for the Sendero Internacional de los Apalaches in the Ciudad Real Province.
Pioneers of Appalachian Geology

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.
The IAT is in Guthook Guides!

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.
Summer Trail News

Summer Trail News

Despite the ongoing ebb and flow of the Coronavirus, many IAT/SIA chapters are reporting fair to large numbers of hikers on their particular section of trail.
Trail Updates

Trail Updates

Trail updates from Newfoundland, Spain and Maine
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).
Night on Deasey Mountain

Night on Deasey Mountain

The historic Deasey Mountain Fire Lookout is unusual in many ways. First, it is a “ground cab” lookout meaning that, rather than perched on top of a 20- or 30-foot metal tower, it sits directly on the ground. The cab is anchored in place by four heavy steel cables attached to large eyebolts set in the bare granite knob of the mountain’s summit. The cab offers a spectacular 360-degree view that includes Katahdin and other…
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.