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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
452 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
462 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
477 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
173 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
144 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
254 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
427 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
434 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
407 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
378 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
424 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
559 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
653 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
258 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
575 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
489 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
462 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
462 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
452 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
452 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
452 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
452 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
452 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
452 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
452 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
452 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
265 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
288 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
261 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
275 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
227 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
333 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
317 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
305 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
295 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
292 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
171 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
168 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
175 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
193 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
182 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
417 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
438 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
366 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
475 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
453 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
458 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
477 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
486 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
249 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
462 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
462 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
452 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
448 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
452 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
452 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
452 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
448 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
450 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
452 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
452 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
372 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
368 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
367 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
440 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
434 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
416 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
413 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
405 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
462 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
476 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
458 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
458 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
453 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
455 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
510 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
512 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
589 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
599 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
606 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
606 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
606 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
247 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
261 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
260 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
255 days ago
robert light
$100.00
287 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
279 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
295 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
333 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
335 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
613 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
185 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
216 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
204 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
196 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
181 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
144 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
165 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
178 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
306 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
253 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
601 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
459 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
455 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
398 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
358 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
516 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
264 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
518 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
310 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
288 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
182 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
487 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
613 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
613 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
456 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
379 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
420 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
422 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
458 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
459 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
464 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
216 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
204 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
180 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
179 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
316 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
315 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
318 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
247 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
217 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
468 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
376 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
606 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
518 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
319 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
105 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
462 days ago