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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
695 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
705 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
720 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
415 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
386 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
496 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
670 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
676 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
650 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
620 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
666 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
801 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
896 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
500 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
817 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
732 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
704 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
704 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
695 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
695 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
695 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
695 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
695 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
695 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
695 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
695 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
507 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
530 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
504 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
517 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
469 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
576 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
559 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
548 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
537 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
534 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
413 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
410 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
417 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
436 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
425 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
659 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
681 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
608 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
718 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
696 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
701 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
719 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
728 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
492 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
704 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
704 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
695 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
690 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
695 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
695 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
695 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
691 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
693 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
695 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
695 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
614 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
611 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
609 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
682 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
677 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
659 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
656 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
647 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
704 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
719 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
701 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
701 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
696 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
697 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
753 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
755 days ago
Ronald Tipton
$100.00
831 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
842 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
848 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
848 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
848 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
490 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
503 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
502 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
497 days ago
robert light
$100.00
530 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
522 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
537 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
576 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
577 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
856 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
427 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
459 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
446 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
439 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
423 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
386 days ago
Daniel Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
408 days ago
John C. Mcdowell
$50.00
421 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
548 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
496 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
843 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
702 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
698 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
641 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
601 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
758 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
507 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
760 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
553 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
530 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
424 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
730 days ago
James Schenken
$25.00
855 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
855 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
699 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
622 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
662 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
665 days ago
Robert Glenn
$21.91
700 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
701 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
706 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
459 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
447 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
422 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
422 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
558 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
558 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
561 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
490 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
460 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
711 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
619 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
848 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
760 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
562 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
348 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
705 days ago