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Greenland Joins IAT

On April 22-23 at the Annual IAT Council Meeting in Halifax-Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Greenland joined the International Appalachian Trail as the 7th official chapter.  In attendance from Greenland were IAT Greenland Director René Kristensen and his Greenlander hiking friend Hans Gundel.  

The two-day event started with cocktails (i.e. beers) and fine dining (i.e. pub grub) at the Celtic Corner steak house (i.e. local pub) in Dartmouth


followed by an awe-inspiring slideshow from René and Hans showing highlights of their 2009 two-week trek of the Nuussuaq Peninsula in Western Greenland, location of the new IAT Greenland.  (See accompanying story:  2009 Greenland Trek)

Other items on the Council Meeting agenda included IAT branding, slideshow and website, IAT expansion to Western Europe, Chapter updates, and promotional opportunities. 

In attendance were:

  • IAT Founder, Past President and Communications Director Richard Anderson of Maine
  • IAT President Paul Wylezol of Newfoundland Labrador   
  • IAT First Vice President Eric Chouinard of Quebec  
  • IAT Second Vice President Ellen Wilcox of Nova Scotia
  • IAT Trail Engineer Poul Jorgensen of New Brunswick
  • IAT Photographer and Geographer Will Richard of Maine
  • IAT Special Projects Director Jim Vance of Nova Scotia
  • IAT Conservation Director Margaret Chouinard of Quebec
  • IAT Greenland Director René Kristensen and
  • IAT Greenland Member Hans Gundel

Other IAT executive members include Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy of Newfoundland Labrador and IAT Geologist Walter Anderson of Maine. 

Once again we thank Debra Ryan and Hike Nova Scotia for treating us to the Council Meeting lunch

and IAT Nova Scotia's Ellen "Twisted Sister No. 2" Wilcox for planning the annual meeting and hosting the official reception (i.e. pub crawl).   

Thanks also goes out to Will Richard for his great work in Greenland,

and to René and Hans, we're happy to have you join the IAT family, and look forward to visiting IAT Extreme