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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
571 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
581 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
596 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
292 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
263 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
373 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
546 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
553 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
526 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
496 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
543 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
678 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
772 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
377 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
694 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
608 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
580 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
580 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
571 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
571 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
571 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
571 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
571 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
571 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
571 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
571 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
383 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
406 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
380 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
394 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
345 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
452 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
435 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
424 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
413 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
410 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
289 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
287 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
293 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
312 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
301 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
535 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
557 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
485 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
594 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
572 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
577 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
595 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
604 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
368 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
580 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
580 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
571 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
566 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
571 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
571 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
571 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
567 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
569 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
571 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
571 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
491 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
487 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
486 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
559 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
553 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
535 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
532 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
524 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
581 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
595 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
577 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
577 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
572 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
574 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
629 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
631 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
708 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
718 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
725 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
725 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
725 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
366 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
380 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
379 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
373 days ago
robert light
$100.00
406 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
398 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
414 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
452 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
454 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
732 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
303 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
335 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
323 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
315 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
299 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
262 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
284 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
297 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
424 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
372 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
720 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
578 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
574 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
517 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
477 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
634 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
383 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
636 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
429 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
407 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
300 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
606 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
731 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
732 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
575 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
498 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
539 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
541 days ago
Robert Glenn
$21.91
577 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
577 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
583 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
335 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
323 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
299 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
298 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
434 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
434 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
437 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
366 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
336 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
587 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
495 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
725 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
636 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
438 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
224 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
581 days ago