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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

$31,942.36

Funded: 31.94%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
234 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
244 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
259 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
209 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
215 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
35 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
435 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
189 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
159 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
205 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
340 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
39 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
356 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
271 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
243 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
243 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
234 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
234 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
234 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
234 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
234 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
234 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
234 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
234 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
46 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
69 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
42 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
56 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
8 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
115 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
98 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
87 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
76 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
73 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
198 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
220 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
147 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
256 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
235 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
240 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
258 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
267 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
30 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
243 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
243 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
234 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
229 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
234 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
234 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
234 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
230 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
232 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
234 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
234 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
153 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
150 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
148 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
221 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
216 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
198 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
195 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
186 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
243 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
258 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
239 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
240 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
235 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
236 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
292 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
294 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
370 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
381 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
387 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
387 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
387 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
28 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
42 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
41 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
36 days ago
robert light
$100.00
69 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
61 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
76 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
115 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
116 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
394 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
87 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
35 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
382 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
241 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
237 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
180 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
140 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
297 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
46 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
299 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
92 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
69 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
269 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
394 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
394 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
238 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
161 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
201 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
204 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
239 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
240 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
245 days ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
97 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
96 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
100 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
29 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
250 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
158 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
387 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
299 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
101 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
244 days ago