IATNL News

Lew Coty Treks Long Range South

On August 1, 2016, Appalachian hiker and explorer Lew Coty from Vermont, U.S.A. set out from Route 430 (Viking Trail) at Southeast Hill in Gros Morne National Park on a two-day trek to Gros Morne Mountain.  Follow Lew in his own words as he hikes up Burridge's Gulch and heads north across the Long Range Mountains on one of his many perennial solo treks of Newfoundland's Appalachian Mountains.

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4th General Meeting of Aspiring Geopark

On November 28, the 4th general meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held at the Atrium of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook. In addition to updates on the past year's developments and a preview of next year's Canada 150/Cook 250 celebration, Grenfell History Professor Olaf Janzen gave a presentation on James Cook in Newfoundland.

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Work Continues on Back Cove Base Camp

During the spring, summer and fall of 2016, work continued on the IATNL hiking base camp at Back Cove, Stone Brook on the north side of North Arm, Bay of Islands.  The two storey camp is well positioned to serve as the start or finish for a 2-3 day trek across the North Arm Hills to or from Trout River Pond in Gros Morne National Park and will serve as an intersecting point for the north and south halves of the planned Cabox Geopark.

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IAT Greenlanders Hike IAT Newfoundland

From October 12 to 15, a small group of Greenland youth from the Ummannaq Peninsula and their Danish leader René Kristensen were in Western Newfoundland to hike sections of the IATNL.  They were joined by French film maker Marc Buriot and arrived from St. John`s where they attended an Inuit Studies Conference and screened local Greenland films, including INUK.

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International UNESCO Geoparks Conference

On September 27-30, IATNL / Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks at Torquay, England, where he learned more about the UNESCO Global Geopark programme and gave a presentation on next year's 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys of Western Newfoundland and Eastern Canada.
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IAT Ulster Ireland Hosts IAT Annual Meeting

On September 19 to 25, IAT Ulster Ireland hosted the International Appalachian Trail Annual General Meeting, from Slieve League in County Donegal to Ballycastle, County Antrim.  The week-long event included scenic hikes, historic tours, fine dining and tasty beers, all with the great hospitality this beautiful emerald island is renowned for.
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IAT Presents at UK's Captain Cook Museums

On September 16 & 17, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol was in England visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton.  While there he gave a presentation on the 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys in Eastern Canada, most noteably in Newfoundland.   In the coming years, James Cook 250 will provide a unique opportunity for the IAT and partner UK National Trails to promote their natural and cultural heritage across the North Atlantic and South Pacific.
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First To Complete IAT UltramaTrex

On September 2, Michigan long distance hiker Eric Moll became the first person to hike the complete IAT UltramaTrex in a single trek across the ultramafic sections of the Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex from Fox Island River to Trout River.  Eric began the 7-day hike with his twin brother Andrew, who had to pull out with sore feet after 5 days hiking across the Lewis Hills and Blow Me Down Mountains.  This is the story of Eric's hike, in his own words.

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29K on a Beautiful Day ... in the Lewis Hills

On a beautiful August 16, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and local adventurers Delano Pittman, Sharon MacDonald Lahey, Ulrica Murley-Pye and Ryan Oxford set off for Cabox on the IATNL Lewis Hills Trail on a mission to find a new hiking route connecting the highest point on the island of Newfoundland to the upper Fox Island River valley.  Along the way they viewed cascading clear waterfalls, a vast landscape of ultramafic peridotite, winter's last snow and a family of caribou napping in the midday sun.

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Volunteer Girl Power

The IATNL is planning trail enhancement activities for 2016, including on the Humber Valley Trail, Grand Codroy Way, and French Shore Trail near Conche, with volunteers Katie Broadhurst and Alex Fortin channeling girl power. They are seeking adventure-loving low-maintenance volunteers to help on these popular yet under-maintained scenic trails. There is lots to do, but they know how to get 'er done and still have fun!

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IAT North America Meeting in Nova Scotia

On April 8 & 9, IAT North America held its Annual Spring Council Meeting in Mabou, Nova Scotia, a Gaelic speaking region of Cape Breton. The two-day event held at Duncreigan Inn was an opportunity for the U.S. and Canadian chapters to gather to discuss common issues and joint initiatives, as well as provide updates on regional and international progress.

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First Snowshoe of Frenchman's Head Trail

On a beautiful Monday morning in early March, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol dusted off his snowshoes for his first winter trek of 2016, on the recently completed IATNL Frenchman's Head Trail above the small Bay of Islands community of Frenchman's Cove. It is the newest section of the Hummock Trail, which links the Blow Me Down Mountains to the picturesque fishing community.

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3rd General Meeting of Aspiring Geopark

The 3rd general meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held Friday, March 4 at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. In addition to updates on the past year's developments and a review of the upcoming application process, MUN Geologist Andy Kerr gave a special presentation entitled 'Newfoundland, the Bay of Islands, and the Geological Revolution'.

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