IAT News

IAT Chief Geologist Celebrates 85th Birthday!

Family and friends gathered at the Muddy Rudder in Yarmouth, Maine on Thursday, February 27th, to wish Walter Anderson a happy 85th birthday.  Fellow geologists and colleagues on the board of the Maine Chapter of the IAT noted Walter’s long career as the Maine State Geologist. Under Walter’s direction, maps of the state’s bedrock and surficial geology were updated and a new map of the state’s water aquifer resources was created.  Walter introduced geographic information systems mapping to Maine as part of the process to determine Maine’s suitability to host a deep geologic repository for high level radioactive waste. The answer was “No!” Read more...

Early Portuguese Exploration of North America

In 1498, just one year after Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto rediscovered North America and six years after fellow Italian Christopher Columbus "discovered" the New World, Portuguese explorers João Fernandes Lavrador and Pêro de Barcelos were the first modern explorers of much of northeastern North America, including the Labrador Peninsula.  They were followed (1500-02) by Portuguese explorers Gaspar and Miguel Corte Real.  This is the story of Portuguese exploration of North America, the fourth in the IAT Natural and Cultural Heritage Series.
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Portugal To Launch IAT At Naturtejo Geopark

 
On March 28, 2015, IAT Portugal will officially launch the GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches Portugal.  Dr. Fernando Marques Jorge, Mayor of Câmara Municipal de Oleiros will preside over the event to be held at Naturtejo Geopark in the foothills of eastern Portugal.  Also in attendance will be IAT Portugal Coordinator Carlos Neto de Carvalho, Geologist and Scientific Coordinator at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol, and IAT Spain Coordinator Ruth Hernandez.
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Stranraer Rotary Mull of Galloway Trail Marathon

On May 30, 2015, Scotland's Stranraer Rotary will hold its third annual  walk/run over the stunning marathon length of the Mull of Galloway Trail, from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer. The 26 mile route across mostly rough path will begin at 10am.  For the less adventurous, there will be a 10 mile walk/run from Sandhead to Stranraer over rough path and tarred roads with light traffic that will begin at 11:30am.

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December 2014 IAT Quebec Newsletter

Trail damage from tropical storm Arthur, the first edition of the TDLG Bottine (Traversée de la Gaspésie à Bottine), planning for the inauguration of GR A1 along IAT Quebec, 2014 newspaper and magazine stories, and 2015 snowshoe and hiking packages are some of the items included in the December 2014 IAT Quebec Newsletter.

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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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