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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

$34,822.16

Funded: 34.82%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
290 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
300 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
315 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
11 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
92 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
265 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
272 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
245 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
216 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
262 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
397 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
491 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
96 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
413 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
327 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
300 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
300 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
290 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
290 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
290 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
290 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
290 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
290 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
290 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
290 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
103 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
126 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
99 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
113 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
65 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
171 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
155 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
143 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
133 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
130 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
9 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
6 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
13 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
31 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
20 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
255 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
276 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
204 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
313 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
291 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
296 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
315 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
324 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
87 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
300 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
300 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
290 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
286 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
290 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
290 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
290 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
286 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
288 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
290 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
290 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
210 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
206 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
205 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
278 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
272 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
254 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
251 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
243 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
300 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
314 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
296 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
296 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
291 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
293 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
348 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
350 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
427 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
437 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
444 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
444 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
444 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
85 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
99 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
98 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
93 days ago
robert light
$100.00
125 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
117 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
133 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
171 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
173 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
451 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
23 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
54 days ago
Brad johnson
$100.00
42 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
34 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
18 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
3 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
16 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
144 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
91 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
439 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
297 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
293 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
236 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
196 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
354 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
102 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
356 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
148 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
126 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
20 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
325 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
451 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
451 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
294 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
217 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
258 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
260 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
296 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
297 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
302 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
54 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
42 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
18 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
17 days ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
154 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
153 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
156 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
85 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
55 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
306 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
214 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
444 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
356 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
157 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
300 days ago