Ron Woodworth is from Howell, Michigan.
On August 18th Ron wrote that he was off the trail for personnal reason and was wrinting some lines about his hike.(09-09-22)
[...]I had a great time, lonely at times compounded by not knowing French but met some very nice people along the way. In fact not one negative about the Quebec people. The views, so many great pictures. The wildlife, the only animal I did not see was a bear, and that is ok with me :)
On July 30th, he should start hiking from Cap Gaspe and he plans on reaching Matapedia on August 28th. To be continued...
Thomas Cruson, aka Tank
Except for the buying of an accommodation passport and for some comments refering to him that were made by John Stough, the IAT-QC did not receive any information from Thomas Cruson until he was back home. Little did we about his doings until he wrote to the heads of three IAT chapters (Maine, Nova Scotia, and Newfound Land) on August 31rst.
According to Richard Anderson, head of the Maine IAT chapter, "Tank" makes 90 thru-hikers from Katahdin to Cap Gaspe and 15 [thru-hikers from] Katahdin to Crow Head [Newfound Land]. He is the first one to include Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
He finished hiking the IAT through Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfound Land on August 23rd.
Ursula Struder is from Wabern, Swiss. She is now hiking in the Matapedia Valley section and she is heading towards the Matane Wild Life Reserve. (09-08-07).
Walter Schwannen and Émilie Curnier
Walter Schwannen and Émilie Curnier are from Montreal, Quebec. They have not started yet, but they should any time soon! (09-08-07)
Ray Hicks, aka 93 Octane
Last year, Ray crossed the whole IAT, stating from Mount Katahdin in Maine. This year, he came back with two friends to finish the Gaspe Coast section and finished in 10 days the crossing of the IAT in Nova Scotia. He is now heading towards new summits. To be continued...
Antoine Provost and Louis Martin Pilote
These two young men, aged 17 and 18, will begin soon a journey that will lead them from John Post, at the entrance of the Matane Wild Life Reserve, to Mont-Saint-Pierre in the Upper Gaspe. Their goal is to hike during twenty days without any help. They took their motivation into the desire to see the beauty of the trail, of the mountains, and of the landscapes. They will give a report when they are back. To be continued...
Boy Scouts of America - Troop 1776 - Neshanic, NJ
A year ago, scout Tim Cropley had come up with the idea of doing a Venture trek to the IAT/SIA after reading a story about the IAT in Backpacker Magazine. He approached the Troop leadership with a proposal for a trek. The trek was approved and he and his fellow crew members began to plan out all the details of their journey. The Trek began with a car ride from Hillsborough NJ to the New Brunswick, NJ train station, from there a train to New York City's Penn Station. Next was a 10+ hour train to Montreal, Canada with an overnight stay in the city. The next day began an 18 hour train ride out to Gaspe Canada via Rail Canada. The views of the Canadian countryside were outstanding. Once we arrived in Gaspe, we took a taxi ride to the trailhead where we would be starting. We began at the 81 Kilometer point. This was up along a ridge overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway.
2 km after starting we came to a beautiful view with a historic lighthouse (Pointe-a-la-Renommee).
The trail goes through a small park here and then travels 4 km along the shore to the Village of Anse-a-Valleau.
The next 26 km goes through some back country which is owned by logging companies. The trail is less traveled and in places, nature is trying to take it back.
Beavers had flooded many streams and in one location, the trail was rerouted to actually cross along the top of a Beaver Dam.
We then reached Forillion National Park for the final stages of the trek, The trails and scenery were absolutely beautiful. As we approached the end the trail runs along the Gaspe Bay shoreline and the views just kept getting better.
We got some nice pictures of a moose who was resting in the woods off the trail.
We finally arrived at Cap Gaspe and the famous light house there.
There was a nice set of plaques at the end of the trail as well we then hiked back along the trail to reach a campground in the Park (Petite Gaspe). From there we took a taxi back to town and then the train back home.
It was a beautiful and natural section of trail and a journey we will all remember for the rest of our days.
Michelle Goulet and Brigitte Desjardins
Michelle and Brigitte are from Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Mikael Swirp and Tara Templin
More information may come later on.
Some dates :
- Start in Matapedia on July 9th.
- Were in Amqui on July 17th.
- Should have been in the Matane Wild Life Reserve on July 19th.
- On August 1rst, they had completed most of the Gaspesie National Park.
- They expect to reach Cap Gaspe on August 14th.
Here are the previous adventures of some thru-hikers of the International Appalachian Trail.