The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) – which is an extension of the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Mount Katahdin north into Canada, then east across the North Atlantic – will be welcoming nine new European chapters here in Aviemore, on Thursday, October 7, 2010 (11:30am at the Cairngorm Hotel).
Joining Greenland and Scotland, who joined in April and May respectively, are Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, and Wales. Next year plans call for the addition of Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Algeria.
This will complete expansion to all of the countries of the Appalachian Terranes that were once connected, more than 250
IAT Circum - Atlantic Appalachian Terranes
million years ago when they were all part of the super continent Pangea, and the Appalachian, Caledonian and Atlas Mountains were formed by continental plates colliding.
When expansion is complete, the IAT will be the largest trail network, and one of the largest outdoor adventure brands in the world, with a presence in 21 “countries” and 3 continents, and a home market of over 800 million people.
As a provider of adventure infrastructure and market branding, the IAT offers a fantastic opportunity for outdoor adventure companies who are interested in providing products and services to IAT member countries.
And as the biggest outdoor adventure story of the year, it also provides the opportunity for adventure travel writers to capture the imagination of ramblers and adventurers the world over, in the same way the IAT has!