IATNL News

In Search of an Elephant Trail

On June 15, IAT long distance hiker Diane Arnold from Connecticut, USA joined IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy on an exploratory hike to the top of the Elephant at the southwest corner of Trout River Inner Pond. The goal was to find a new trail route on/off the mountains as part of the third stage of the IAT UltramaTrex across the Bay of Islands Ophiolites, from Lewis Hills to Tablelands.

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IAT to Attend ATC 2015 Biennial Conference

On July 17-19, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and other representatives from the International Appalachian Trail in North America and Western Europe will attend the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference in Winchester, Virginia. They will give 3 hours of IAT presentations in two 1.5 hour segments, and distribute a variety of promotional materials at an extra large conference booth equiped with monitor to showcase IAT videos, slideshows and PowerPoint presentations.

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IAT North America Meets in Moncton

On April 24 & 25, IAT chapters from Maine to Newfoundland gathered in Moncton, New Brunswick for the annual IAT North America Council Meeting. The two-day event included presentations on chapter progress, updates on IAT news, discussion of joint projects, and participation in the July, 2015 ATC Biennial in Winchester, Virginia.

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A Spring Tour of IAT Spain

On March 29, the day after participating in the official launch of IAT Portugal at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez crossed the Ebro River into Extremadura to take a three day tour of IAT Spain. From there they traveled a short distance to Alcántara, where the world's largest Roman bridge at 194m long and 71m high, crosses the Tagus River.

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1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch

On Saturday, March 28, approximately 1000 people gathered in Naturtejo Geopark, Portugal to officially launch GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the newest section of the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches. Joining the crowd were Geopark President Armindo Jacinto, Turismo Centro Portugal President Pedro Machado, IAT Portugal President Carlos Carvalho, Canadian Consul David Marion, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez.

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How Spain Discovered the "Apalchens"

As the name suggests, the International Appalachian Trail winds its way across sections of North America's Appalachian Mountains, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and following other Pangea related mountains of Western Europe and North Africa. Though the mountains themselves were formed over 250 million years ago when continental plates collided, what is the origin of the name "Appalachian", the fourth oldest surviving European place name in the United States?

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Second Cabox Global Geopark Public Meeting

On February 10, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative held its second public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. Special guest speakers included Alana Hinchey, Senior Geologist with the Newfoundland & Labrador Geological Survey and Mike Jones, President of Beyond Ktaadn and co-author of the recently published Eastern Alpine Guide.

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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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Lew Coty's Western Brook Pond Circumtrek

During summer 2014, Appalachian Mountain explorer Lew Coty from Vermont, U.S.A. returned to Newfoundland for another great backcountry adventure, this time circumtrekking Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park. Lew began his 5-day trek in Sally's Cove on Route 430 (Viking Trail) and followed a clockwise course from the western end of the "pond".

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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, and is included in the planned Cabox Global Geopark.

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North Arm Traverse Makes Top 16 for 2015

Explore Magazine's Fall 2014 edition recently named the IATNL's 2015 North Arm Traverse from Trout River in Gros Morne National Park to Back Cove in North Arm, Bay of Islands as one of its Top 16 Amazing Trips for 2015. The 3-day/2-night guided trek will cross some of the most scenic and pristine landscapes in Newfoundland, and will be one of "the most interesting and exciting expeditions in Canada and beyond." The goal is to find the last leg of a backcountry mountain hiking route connecting Gros Morne National Park to North Arm Ophiolite, with spectacular views and alpine wilderness along every stretch of the way.

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Cabox Joins Interreg Drifting Apart Project

In October, the IATNL sponsored Cabox Aspiring Geopark joined the European Union's Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project. Its goal is to increase 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. It will also support the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks and promote innovative products and services for economic prosperity across the Northern Periphery Region.

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Restoration Begins on Back Cove Base Camp

On October 22, the IATNL's Arne Helgeland, Kevin Noseworthy and Paul Wylezol set off in boat from Cox's Cove in Middle Arm, Bay of Islands for Back Cove in North Arm. With them were new windows, assorted lumber and miscellaneous building supplies needed to start restoration of the 50+ year old fishing house now hiking camp at the base of the North Arm Hills, a location central to the planned Cabox Global Geopark spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands.

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