On April 10, 2014, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy set off on a 16-hour snowmobile/hike duathlon across Newfoundland's North Arm Hills. The purpose of the adventure was to check out the condition of a remote fishing outpost at Stowbridges in North Arm of the Bay of Islands. It will be used as a base for hiking the IAT Newfoundland & Labrador across the North Arm Hills to and from Gros Morne National Park.
The day began with a 50-mile snowmobile ride on Goose Arm Logging road to the eastern end of the North Arm Hills. After a short break, the duathlon duo headed into the hills on their way to Liverpool Ponds, site of a planned IATNL hiking camp, approximately halfway between North Arm, Bay of Islands and Trout River Pond. The terrain on top of the 2,000ft mountains is characterized by rolling hills and broad valleys, which in winter is mostly snow-covered and barely recognizable. Liverpool Ponds are located at the headwaters of Liverpool Brook, which enters a steep and winding gorge with a series of waterfalls, shortly after it drains from the ponds.
From there Paul and Kevin rode up a gentle snow-covered wind-swept stream valley and meadow, which in summer serves as the perfect trailway from the barren and rocky North Arm Hills down a grassy transition to subalpine tundra.
For more on the story, go to the IATNL website. For more on the North Arm Hills, go to Western Newfoundland and hike the IAT!