Many thanks go to Mark and Susan Adams, Recreation Managers of Kathdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area (KWWRA) for the use of two comfortable cabins (Hunt and Deasey) at Lunksoos Camps for the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT-ME_ work crew from June 2 – 4, 2016 and for all of their much appreciated assistance during our work!
Ever since hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine in 2006, Mike Zimmerman (aka “Old Moose”) has been interested in hiking the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) in Maine and Canada. Since then, he has hiked the AT as far south as Sherburne, Vermont and two-thirds of the Long Trail in Vermont.
Old Moose actually started the IAT in Maine on October 10, 2015, when he took the Katahdin Lake Trail in Baxter State Park to Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps, then continued on the South Katahdin Lake Trail to the park boundary at the Katahdin Lake East (KLE) access point, the IAT southern terminus. He hiked on the IAT for a total of 0.3 miles to the old Gardner Road before turning around.
Don Hudson arrived at Bowlin Camps before everyone else and rode his bike north on the IAT looking for blowdowns and clearing brush on the trail. Around noon, the rest of the work crew arrived: Dave Rand with his ATV, Julia Daly and two UMF students (Mike Paradis and Maria Noyola), Kirk and Cheryl St. Peter with an ATV, Lucy Leaf and Nancy Hathaway. We had the larger “No Aces” cabin for the women and the “Chapman 2” one room cabin for the guys. This had to be the first trail work trip ever where the women outnumbered the men!