IATNL News

IAT Chairperson Meets with FFRP in Paris

After the IAT Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol traveled to Paris, France to meet with Madame Claude Hüe, President of La Fédération Francaise de la Randonnée Pédestre and Monsieur Armand Ducornet, Vice-Président of la Fédération Européenne de la Randonnée Pédestre. The October 13 meeting was to discuss the IAT route across France, which will connect with IAT England (via the English Channel) to the north and IAT Spain to the south. The planned route will follow existing FFRP trails along the west coast of France and pass through the city of St. Malo, home port of early French Explorer Jacques Cartier.

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IAT Holds AGM in Plymouth, England

From October 6-9, the International Appalachian Trail held its Annual General Meeting in and around the historic city of Plymouth, England, in conjunction with a National Trails Annual Meeting. The event was hosted by the South West Coast Path National Trail, and included tours of Dartmoor National Park, English Riviera Geopark and South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

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6th International Global Geopark Conference

On September 19-22, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks hosted by Stonehammer Geopark in Saint John, NB. He was there learning about the Global Geopark network, promoting the proposed Cabox Global Geopark in Western Newfoundland, and meeting representatives from Geoparks along the IAT route.

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Our Girls-Only Blow Me Down Grad Trek

After recently graduating from MUN's Grenfell Campus with education degrees, IATNL members Katie Broadhurst and Caroline Swan took advantage of some rare free time to make a girls only trek across the Blow Me Down Mountains. Follow them as they spend a few days "trekking, exploring the ancient mountains, re-discovering favourite swimming holes, hanging out by pristine waterfalls, and sleeping under a blanket of stars."

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IAT Attends Conjugate Margins Conference

From August 20-22, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Geology Director Emilie Fournier attended the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference in St. John's and presented a trio of posters on the IAT, IAT Geoparks and the planned Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland. The Conference started in 2008 to bring industry and academia together to discuss the similarities of basis evolution in conjugate margins.

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IATNL Members Produce Hiking Guide

IATNL members Katie Broadhurst and Alexandra Fortin have recently completed their new west coast hiking guide, Hikes of Western Newfoundland. Printed by Boulder Publications, it is a full-colour guide to over 60 spectacular trails and trail networks, from easy seaside walks and picnic spots to spectacular multi-day treks. It contains vivid detailed hike descriptions, including difficulty ratings, distances, trailhead GPS references, points of interest, photographs, and maps.

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Cabox Geopark Meeting Held at Grenfell

On June 10, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to the Tablelands held its first public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. IAT and Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol gave presentations on the IAT and proposed Geopark, while Special Guest Speaker Hugh Barron, Marketing Sector Manager with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, gave a presentation on Global Geoparks.

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Simms Gulch Trek with BGS's Hugh Barron

On June 12, IATNL executive members Paul Wylezol, Arne Helgeland and Kevin Noseworthy took Hugh Barron, Marketing Sector Manager with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a day-hike into Simms Gulch on the north side of Serpentine Valley. The 24 km (15 mile) trek was under ideal conditions, including clear blue skies, good visibility, mid-teens temperatures, and few black flies and mosquitos!

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Planning Under Way For Global Geopark

The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador has taken a page from the IAT Europe playbook with plans to establish a Global Geopark, spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Gros Morne National Park. Other stakeholders include Western DMO, Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Ltd, and all towns in the Bay of Islands and western side of Gros Morne National Park.

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