IAT Meets with AMC President John Judge

On October 31, 2013, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Maine President Don Hudson met with Appalachian Mountain Club President John Judge at the AMC headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.

(L-R) Don Hudson, John Judge and Paul Wylezol


The purpose of the meeting was to bring John up-to-date on new IAT developments and to discuss ways in which the AMC and IAT can cooperate to promote the Appalachian brand and experience.


Don and Paul outside AMC Headquarters in Boston


Founded in 1876, the AMC is the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in the United States.  It is dedicated to the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. 


Red Sox draped Massachusetts State House around the corner from AMC Headquarters 


With the assistance of 16,000 volunteers and 450 full time and seasonal staff, it maintains over 1,700 miles of trail - including nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 5 states - and serves over 140,000 guests in 14 backcountry lodges and huts.


Lake of the Clouds hut on Mount Washington, New Hampshire


The AMC has over 100,000 members and offers 8,000+ trips each year, from local chapter activities to major excursions around the world.  It offers something for every ability level and outdoor interest, from hiking, climbing and paddling to snowshoeing and skiing.


Don and Paul at the Boston Common


After meeting with John, Paul and Don walked across the Boston Common to the Irish Consulate on Boylston Street to meet with Consul General Breandán Ó Caollaí.  After informing him of the latest news from IAT Ireland, they discussed a possible Spring 2014 IAT Ireland and/or IAT Europe launch in Boston, with the participation of other European consulates, government officials, tourism agencies, and Appalachian organizations.

Don and Paul with Irish Consul General Breandán Ó Caollaí


The busy afternoon ended with a walk through nearby Boston Public Garden and an encounter with Red Sox fan George Washington, who was celebrating Boston's historic at home World Series victory the day before,


Red Sox fan George Washington the day after Boston's historic World Series victory


one witnessed in person by Don, who must have been wearing the original BoSox ball cap!