The Israel National Trail: Background information when reading To the End of the Land

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To the End of the Land

A Novel

by David Grossman

To the End of the Land by David Grossman
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    Sep 2010, 592 pages
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    Aug 2011, 672 pages

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The Israel National Trail

In To the End of the Land, the central characters backpack along the northern stretch of the Israel National Trail, which is also known as "The Galilee."

The Israel National Trail (INT) is a 597 mile long (955 km) hiking trail that crosses the entire country of Israel, north to south, running from the city of Dan on the Lebanese border to Eilat on the Red Sea (map).  The trail offers remarkable variety, winding through deserts, forests and mountains, as well as providing access to historical and archaeological sites.

The INT was the brainchild of Avraham Tamir, a writer and journalist for an Israeli children's magazine.  In 1980 he hiked the Appalachian Trail in the United States, and returned home with the idea that a similar long-distance hiking trail could be created in Israel.  He approached the Israel Trails Committee (ITC), and its director, Ori Devir, fell in love with the idea.  Through fifteen years of hard work, the committee eventually ...

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