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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

$27,029.09

Funded: 27.03%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
86 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
96 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
111 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
61 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
68 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
287 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
193 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
58 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
41 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
12 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
209 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
86 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
123 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
86 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
86 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
86 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
86 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
86 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
86 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
86 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
96 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
96 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
111 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
109 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
87 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
92 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
14 hours ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
73 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
51 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
120 days ago
WILLIAM SAUNDERS
$150.00
96 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
96 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
82 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
86 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
86 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
86 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
86 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
240 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
240 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
240 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
233 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
223 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
146 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
144 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
86 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
86 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
247 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
74 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
84 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
82 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
92 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
92 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
89 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
87 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
96 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
111 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
50 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
47 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
68 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
39 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
6 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
3 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
1 day ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
32 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
93 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
89 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
235 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
150 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
90 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
121 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
152 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
247 days ago
James Schenken
$25.00
247 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
13 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
92 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
56 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
54 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
93 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
98 days ago
Dr. Denise Horton
$21.90
102 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
10 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
240 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
152 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
96 days ago