Local News

1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch
16-04-2015

On a sunny and warm Saturday, March 28, approximately one thousand 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, Oleiros Municipal President Fernando Marques Jorge, Turismo Centro Portugal President Pedro Machado, Naturtejo Geopark Geologist and IAT Portugal President Carlos Carvalho, Canadian Counsellor and Consul David Marion, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez.

After opening ceremonies at the Idanha-a-Nova town square

IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol addresses the crowd

the crowd - which was supplied with IAT Portugal branded hats and walking sticks - walked to the nearby trail in the Portuguese Appalachians.

Once at the trail, they were met by a stone age acting troupe

who urged them on with primitive grunts and the incessant sound of traditional drum beats.

For more on the story, go to www.iat-sia.org.