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Cotton Joe is First to Complete IAT Scotland

On November 9, 2013, Appalachian long-distance hiker Cotton Joe Norman from North Carolina, U.S.A. became the first person to complete IAT Scotland, from the Mull of Galloway in the south to Cape Wrath in the north.


Cotton Joe at Cape Wrath Lighthouse, November 9, 2013


It was the continuation of an 800 mile (1,280 km) journey that began at Slieve League on the west coast of Ireland on September 2. (See related story.)

Cotton Joe at Slieve League, Ireland on September 2, 2013


Joe's IAT experience began at Mount Katahdin, Maine where on August 13, 2005, he completed a 2,200 mile (3,500 km) trek of the U.S. Appalachian Trail that began March 13. From there he walked 750 miles (1,200 kms) through northern Maine and New Brunswick to Cap Gaspé, Quebec (October 8, 2005), completing the final 600 miles (1000 kms) to the IAT North America terminus near the Norse landfall at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland on September 29, 2006.

For more on the story, go to the IAT website