IAT News

Season's Greetings from the IAT

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Celebrating 80 with IAT Founder Dick Anderson

On December 12, IAT Maine chapter members threw an 80th birthday party for IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson.  During the celebration, Chapter President Don Hudson announced the establishment of an endowment fund in Dick's name to support future work on the International Appalachian Trail.   To mark the occasion, the Maine section of the IAT was officially named the Richard B. Anderson Trail.  
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Spain Installs Blazes on Los Caminos Naturales

From Alcantará near the border with Portugal to Las Villuercas, the International Appalachian Trail in Spain is now easier to follow.  IAT blazes (i.e. trail markers) have been erected along the country's Los Caminos Naturales (Natural Pathways) that will double as the International Appalachian Trail. 

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IATNL Trek Listed #1 by Explore Magazine

The newest route of the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL) has recently been listed #1 of 4 Amazing Adventure Travel Trips by Explore Magazine.  The route extends from Trout River in Gros Morne National Park to James Cook's Stone Brook in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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IAT Ireland Launches New Website and Video

After officially launching the entire length of its trail route in August 2013, the Ulster - Ireland Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail launched both a new website and promotional video in 2014.
 
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Nfld's Cabox Aspiring Geopark Joins EU Project

In October, the IATNL sponsored Cabox Aspiring Geopark in Western Newfoundland joined the European Union's Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project. It's goal is to "unearth and strengthen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage. The project will support the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks, promote innovative products and services for economic prosperity across the Northern Periphery Region and continue to build a strong network of Northern Periphery Global Geoparks."

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IAT Chairperson Meets with FFRP in Paris

 
After the IAT Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol traveled to Paris, France to meet with Madame Claude Hüe, President of La Fédération Francaise de la Randonnée Pédestre and Monsieur Armand Ducornet, Vice-Président of la Fédération Européenne de la Randonnée Pédestre.  The October 13 meeting was to discuss the IAT route across France, which will connect with IAT England (via the English Channel) to the north and IAT Spain to the south.
 
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IAT Maine Members Attend ALDHA Gathering

The Annual Gathering of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) was held October 9-12 at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.  Maine Chapter members Dick Anderson, Walter Anderson, Will Richard, Julie King and Don Hudson were in attendance representing the IAT, giving four presentations over the 4-day event.
 
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