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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

$35,946.96

Funded: 35.95%
Donors
James Barden
$10,000.00
324 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
334 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
349 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
45 days ago
Tom BOLAND
$1,024.80
16 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
126 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
299 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
306 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
279 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
250 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
296 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
431 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
525 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
130 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
447 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
361 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
333 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
333 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
324 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
324 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
324 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
324 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
324 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
324 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
324 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
324 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
136 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
159 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
133 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
147 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
98 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
205 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
188 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
177 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
166 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
163 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
42 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
40 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
46 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
65 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
54 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
288 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
310 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
238 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
347 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
325 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
330 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
348 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
357 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
121 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
333 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
333 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
324 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
319 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
324 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
324 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
324 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
320 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
322 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
324 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
324 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
244 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
240 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
239 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
312 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
306 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
288 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
285 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
277 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
334 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
348 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
330 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
330 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
325 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
327 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
382 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
384 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
461 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
471 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
478 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
478 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
478 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
119 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
133 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
132 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
126 days ago
robert light
$100.00
159 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
151 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
167 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
205 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
207 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
485 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
56 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
88 days ago
Brad johnson
$100.00
76 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
68 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
52 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
15 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
37 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
50 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
177 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
125 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
473 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
331 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
327 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
270 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
230 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
387 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
136 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
389 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
182 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
160 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
53 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
359 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
484 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
485 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
328 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
251 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
292 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
294 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
330 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
330 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
336 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
88 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
76 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
52 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
51 days ago
gregory joyce
$21.91
187 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
187 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
190 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
119 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
89 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
340 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
248 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
478 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
389 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
191 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
334 days ago