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The RTK Challenge


Bruce "RTK" Matson

Bruce Matson (Trail Name, “RTK”) has had a nearly life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Now, at 60 years old he has carved out the time and opportunity to attempt what is known as a “thru-hike” of the entire 2,190.9 miles of the AT from Georgia to Maine.  In appreciation for the blessings in his life, RTK has a strong desire to “give back.”  Thus, he decided to use his thru-hike to help raise money for the Trail itself – to help millions after him have the same opportunity to enjoy the AT.  Bruce, or RTK, has established a campaign to seek donations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the A.T.   Bruce calls this campaign the “RTK AT Challenge” because he is also attempting to set a fundraising record.

Bruce’s Trail Name – “RTK” – comes from both the name of his website and the theme of his thru-hike: “Returning To Katahdin.”  After having been born and raised in the “North” (Connecticut) and after having learned to love the outdoors from hiking, backpacking and canoeing in New England (including two summers of guiding canoe trips in the North Maine Woods and climbing Mt. Katahdin), Bruce moved to the “South” (Virginia) for college and law school, met his wife Cheryl, and stayed to began a career and a family – and by his own words, has had a wonderful life.  In returning to Katahdin by way of the longest footpath in the world, Bruce will be reflecting upon that life as he retraces his earlier journey from North to South, from Connecticut to Virginia.  

Bruce will be matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $100,000.


Follow Bruce on his journey!

Total Raised

$35,956.96

Funded: 35.96%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
626 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
636 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
651 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
347 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
318 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
428 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
601 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
608 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
581 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
551 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
598 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
733 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
827 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
432 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
749 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
663 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
635 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
635 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
626 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
626 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
626 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
626 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
626 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
626 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
626 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
626 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
438 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
461 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
435 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
449 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
400 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
507 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
490 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
479 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
468 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
465 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
344 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
342 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
348 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
367 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
356 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
590 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
612 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
540 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
649 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
627 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
632 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
650 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
659 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
423 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
635 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
635 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
626 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
621 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
626 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
626 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
626 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
622 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
624 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
626 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
626 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
546 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
542 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
540 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
614 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
608 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
590 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
587 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
579 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
636 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
650 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
632 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
632 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
627 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
629 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
684 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
686 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
763 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
773 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
780 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
780 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
780 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
421 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
435 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
434 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
428 days ago
robert light
$100.00
461 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
453 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
469 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
507 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
509 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
787 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
358 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
390 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
378 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
370 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
354 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
317 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
339 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
352 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
479 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
427 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
775 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
633 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
629 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
572 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
532 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
689 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
438 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
691 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
484 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
462 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
355 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
661 days ago
James Schenken
$25.00
786 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
787 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
630 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
553 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
594 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
596 days ago
Robert Glenn
$21.91
632 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
632 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
638 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
390 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
378 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
354 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
353 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
489 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
489 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
492 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
421 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
391 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
642 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
550 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
780 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
691 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
493 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
279 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
636 days ago