After 2022’s successful launch of its new and improved IAT Ulster 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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
A new phase of a walking trail which links Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the Appalachian Mountains has been launched in a bid to attract more international visitors.Continue reading
The Board of the Maine IAT and I personally give a heartfelt Congratulations! to Eb “Nimblewill Nomad” Eberhart who, at age 83, became the oldest person to hike the Appalachian Trail.Continue reading
The IAT participates in a two-day virtual conference organized by Dhúiche Sheoigheach & Lochanna an Iarthair––Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark Project.Continue reading
With the help of a major funding boost, the Ulster-Ireland section of the IAT continues to improve their trail.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Geology and a new trail in Zamora! IAT Education for Guides! SIA Information Posters! Some recent news from SIA-España.Continue reading
A look back at 2020 and at the year ahead from the IAT Chapter in Scotland.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Long-distant hiker extraordinaire, M.J. Eberhart (MUCH better known as Nimblewill Nomad), has announced his latest hiking adventure – Odyssey 2021 – Bama to Baxter.Continue reading
A roundup of news from the Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Maine Chapters of the IAT/SIA.Continue reading
Back in August, 2019, Anouk Caron took a bus to Gaspé, Quebec to hike the SIA/IAT. During her hike she made the video below.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
SIA Spain has announced the completion of 48 kilometers of new trail for the Sendero Internacional de los Apalaches in the Ciudad Real Province.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
, 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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Trail updates from Newfoundland, Spain and MaineContinue reading
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.Continue reading
After a few months search, the SIA-IAT QC had announced its new Executive Director. Please meet Alexis Turcotte-Noël!Continue reading
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.Continue reading
April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day – and the 26th birthday of the IAT!Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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).Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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 peaks in Baxter State Park, five miles to the west, as well as Mars Hill on the Canadian border fifty miles to the northeast. In essence, a hiker can see the entire route of the IAT in Maine from the Deasey Cab.
The cab is also unusual in that it’s the original 8 x 8-foot building constructed in 1929 by the Maine Forest Service. The cab has been lovingly maintained for 15 years by members of the Maine Chapter of the IAT, who have replaced siding, doors and windows, and have re-roofed the building twice. In 2016, a group of IAT’ers, led by Earl Raymond, installed a replica of the original alidade that was used by wardens to pinpoint the location of forest fires from the summit. Read more on that here.
It’s a wonderful experience to spend the night in the cab, especially in clear weather with a full moon. Do be aware, though, the nearest reliable water supply is a half mile away down the mountain!
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.Continue reading
2019 was a busy year for the Sendero Internacional de los Apalaches España.Continue reading