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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

$31,723.27

Funded: 31.72%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
207 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
217 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
232 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
182 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
189 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
9 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
408 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
162 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
133 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
179 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
314 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
13 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
330 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
244 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
217 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
217 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
207 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
207 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
207 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
207 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
207 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
207 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
207 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
207 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
20 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
43 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
16 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
30 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
88 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
71 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
60 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
50 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
47 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
172 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
193 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
121 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
230 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
208 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
213 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
232 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
240 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
4 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
217 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
217 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
207 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
203 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
207 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
207 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
207 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
203 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
205 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
207 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
207 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
127 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
123 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
122 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
195 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
189 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
171 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
168 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
160 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
217 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
231 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
213 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
213 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
208 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
210 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
265 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
267 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
344 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
354 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
361 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
361 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
361 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
2 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
16 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
15 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
10 days ago
robert light
$100.00
42 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
34 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
50 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
88 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
90 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
368 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
61 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
8 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
356 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
214 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
210 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
153 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
113 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
271 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
19 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
273 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
65 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
43 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
242 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
367 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
368 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
211 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
134 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
175 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
177 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
213 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
214 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
219 days ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
71 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
70 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
73 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
2 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
223 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
131 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
361 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
273 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
74 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
217 days ago