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    I am starting this thread to share information that I receive from the IAT about progress on the developing the trail.

    I had the following email From the IAT chairman today:
    Friends and Supporters of the IATNL,

    IATNL executive members Arne Helgeland, Kevin Noseworthy, Trevor Pilgrim and myself met in Roddickton on the northeast corner of the Northern Peninsula this past weekend to prepare a 2008 development plan for the Roddickton-Conche-Croque section of the IATNL.

    Saturday was a beautiful sunny day (as you can see from the photos below) which enabled us to get a good look from the trailheads at Conche and Croque.

    Add a magnificent iceberg or two and a pod of whales and you can see the full potential of this planned section of the IATNL.

    Happy Trails!
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    I just spent about an hour Googling and bookmarking information about Newfoundland. I think I won't have any rest until I've seen it myself.

    Go here to see just one link I bookmarked. It might hold your attention for an hour.
    Last edited by emerald; 11-13-2007 at 00:57. Reason: Added link.

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    I should add that NFLD is easily one of the 3 coolest places I've been in my life. After finishing the AT this year, I spent over a month hitchhiking around Canada, and hitching all the way north in NFLD was by far the highlight. I probably did what most people did when they roadwalk the IAT up there, and took the Viking Trail all the way north to St Anthony (well, ok, the IAT goes to L'anse Aux Meadows). This province is phenomenal and sooo soo beautiful. The people were incredibly unique, and went beyond 'southern hospitality'. Gros Morne park was absolutely mind blowing. If I had some of my backpacking gear with me, I would have loved to hike back in there. There is a hostel at the border of the park which I stayed at, and the guy who owned it does a guide service thru the park. Apparently there is a pretty popular traverse that is totally trail-less, going through fjords and pristine wilderness. This is one place I absolutely must return to. You could easily spend over a month there, and still have so much to see. Those pictures are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaporjourney View Post
    Gros Morne park was absolutely mind blowing.
    Thanks for your post.

    Parks Canada - Gros Morne National Park

    When I suggested an IAT thread and talked of Newfoundland previously, this is where I'd hoped to go with it -- links, pics and 1st-hand experiences of those who are building the trail and who have been to Newfoundland.

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    vaporjourney,

    What month did you visit Newfoundland? Is that the best time of year for backpacking?

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    The official IAT website
    may be posted elsewhere on WB but thought it would go well with this thread.
    Browse around at the link for answers to many of your questions. Click on thru-hikers and see if you know or have heard of some of these hikers that have done this trail .
    I have not been to Newfoundland yet but have seen it from afar while standing attop the mountains at Cape Bretton National Park in the far northeast of Nova Scotia. The Cape Bretton Highlands, where mountains meet sea. is truly the most beautiful place i've seen anywhere on the East Coast of North America. I can just imagine what Newfoundland must be like from listening to others that have been there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    vaporjourney,

    What month did you visit Newfoundland? Is that the best time of year for backpacking?
    I was in NFLD in mid-september, which would be an amazing time for backpacking there. I'm not sure what the other months are like, but the 3 days I was there were sunny and temps around 70*. Sadly I can't remember the name of one hike people told me about, but I believe the trailhead was off of the Viking Trail (main road), and takes you to some phenomenal fjord with mountains towering all around...like this:

    side note: I took a look at the IAT map thru NFLD, and was amazed that the trail to the eastern shore and follows that north to its terminus. I expected it to be road walking, which could easily take you to Lans'e Aux Meadows, but instead it takes you through Conche. I recall a local telling me that Conche was the most beautiful area, in a province full of beautiful areas, that he had ever seen. Apparently he saw whales, bald eagles, and icebergs all from one spot. All of this talk of 'The Rock' makes me want to get back there badly.

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    I was in Newfoundland during August of 2000, and I can tell you for sure that it is some beautiful territory!

    I was there for work, so my fun time was limited, but I can confirm that the views to be had are phenominal, and the weather during the later summer months is quite pleasant (provided you don't have any tropical weather drifting your way).

    Most of the island is uninhabited, so there are a lot of places that you can have serious solitude. Virtually all of the major towns are located right on the Trans-Can highway, and even the smaller towns are mostly along the coast.

    I've been trying to find another opprotunity to go for a longer visit, but then I have too many other places that I have to go.

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    News article sent to me by IAT is attached

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    Thanks for the map Dinosaurus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shades of Gray View Post
    Thanks for the map Dinosaurus.
    I'm on their emailing list as part of helping get info out on the board about this developing resource.

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    Is there a official route in place in New Foundland for the IAt?

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    Is it possible for the AT to become part of the IAT? Or will the IAT become part of the AT?

    Personally, I like the sound of "International Appalachian Trail". It sounds important and is a better description of the scope of the trail. Maybe even go with "Appalachian Trail International".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian Tater View Post
    Is it possible for the AT to become part of the IAT? Or will the IAT become part of the AT?

    Personally, I like the sound of "International Appalachian Trail". It sounds important and is a better description of the scope of the trail. Maybe even go with "Appalachian Trail International".
    Or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man View Post
    Or not.
    Oh, you like "Appalachian International Trail" better than either of those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian Tater View Post
    Oh, you like "Appalachian International Trail" better than either of those?
    It is the AT and it will not change...or move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man View Post
    It is the AT and it will not change...or move.
    It's already changed. It now goes up to Newfoundland and is linked all the way down to Key West. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. A small part of the IAT is in the US, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian Tater View Post
    It's already changed. It now goes up to Newfoundland and is linked all the way down to Key West. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. A small part of the IAT is in the US, anyway.
    Connecting trails are not part of the official AT, but you know that, so I will leave you with this thought: It is the AT, now and for the foreseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Man View Post
    Connecting trails are not part of the official AT, but you know that, so I will leave you with this thought: It is the AT, now and for the foreseeable future.
    They should and will be. I understand how hard it is to change one's conception of something that goes from A to B to include A to C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Appalachian Tater View Post
    It's already changed. It now goes up to Newfoundland and is linked all the way down to Key West. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. A small part of the IAT is in the US, anyway.
    Footpaths are what they are, and link together as the travellers walk them. No arguement there. The AT is between Springer and Katahdin. A way to walk to Newfoundland from Katahdin exists. (always has, BTW, one foot after the other) A way to walk from Springer to Key West exists. Calling it what you wish is no problem, but the termini of the AT will not change in any sort of future that I see.
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