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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
507 days ago
Marty Kanipe
$2,500.00
517 days ago
Sandra Hanna
$1,024.80
532 days ago
Doug Monroe
$1,024.80
228 days ago
Tom Boland
$1,024.80
199 days ago
Carl Meyer
$1,000.00
309 days ago
Glade Knight
$1,000.00
482 days ago
Harry Shaia
$1,000.00
489 days ago
Burt Whitt
$500.00
462 days ago
Daryl Nickel
$500.00
432 days ago
Dale Ross
$500.00
478 days ago
Greg Winchester
$500.00
614 days ago
Jennifer Pharr Davis
$500.00
708 days ago
Doc Storm
$300.00
313 days ago
Mark Heede
$280.00
630 days ago
Wendy and Bill Schultz
$250.00
544 days ago
DAVID SCHILLER
$250.00
516 days ago
DENNIS M TARRANT
$250.00
516 days ago
Ned & Kathryn Crosby
$250.00
507 days ago
Leonard Starr, P.C.
$250.00
507 days ago
Steven & Susan Melhorn
$250.00
507 days ago
Sarah & Robert Smith
$250.00
507 days ago
Theodore & Pamela Luse
$250.00
507 days ago
Jeffrey Brown
$250.00
507 days ago
John & Connie Jung
$250.00
507 days ago
James Sease
$250.00
507 days ago
Robert S. Thomas
$220.00
319 days ago
DANIEL MANNING
$219.09
342 days ago
Tom Ebel
$219.09
316 days ago
Pia North
$219.09
329 days ago
James Beeman
$219.09
281 days ago
James Halloran
$219.09
388 days ago
Joe Sims
$219.09
371 days ago
Andrew Miller
$219.09
360 days ago
Melissa Phillips & Chip Cottrell
$219.09
349 days ago
Steve Adams
$219.09
346 days ago
David Melson
$219.09
225 days ago
Nancy L. Bingham
$219.09
223 days ago
William Stallings
$219.09
229 days ago
David T. Mullins
$219.09
248 days ago
Anonymous
$219.09
237 days ago
Jeff Biondo
$219.09
471 days ago
John and Matt Farmer
$219.09
493 days ago
Swatsullivan
$219.09
420 days ago
Clay Evans
$219.09
530 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$219.09
508 days ago
Brent Winn
$219.09
513 days ago
Jonathan F. Harris
$219.09
531 days ago
Blaise Vitale
$219.00
540 days ago
Bryan Peery
$200.00
304 days ago
CHRISTOPH MEYER
$150.00
516 days ago
William Saunders
$150.00
516 days ago
William Cogar
$150.00
507 days ago
Barb and Larry Oelschlegel
$150.00
502 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$150.00
507 days ago
Daniel & Maureen Gallihugh
$150.00
507 days ago
Kepley Broscious Biggs
$150.00
507 days ago
Paul Jacobs
$100.00
503 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
505 days ago
Robert & Sandra Boclair
$100.00
507 days ago
Diane Ransome
$100.00
507 days ago
CraftE
$100.00
427 days ago
Laurie Potteiger
$100.00
423 days ago
Nicholaus Rericha
$100.00
421 days ago
Mark Elliott
$100.00
495 days ago
Mitchell Widom
$100.00
489 days ago
Glen Kellogg
$100.00
471 days ago
Carl Houde
$100.00
468 days ago
Steven Brock
$100.00
460 days ago
William Schwarzschild
$100.00
517 days ago
Chris Perkins
$100.00
531 days ago
Evan Schaeffer
$100.00
513 days ago
Bernard Stuart Holt III
$100.00
513 days ago
Sam Doak
$100.00
508 days ago
One Sock
$100.00
509 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
565 days ago
Eric Rohnacher
$100.00
567 days ago
Ron Tipton
$100.00
643 days ago
Jamie C.
$100.00
654 days ago
Bill B. (WD40)
$100.00
661 days ago
Rob Smith
$100.00
661 days ago
Louis J. Matson, Jr.
$100.00
661 days ago
Jody Warfield
$100.00
302 days ago
Tom Luther
$100.00
316 days ago
Jean Belman-Herrera
$100.00
315 days ago
Mark Gang III
$100.00
309 days ago
robert light
$100.00
342 days ago
John Dupras
$100.00
334 days ago
Van Adams
$100.00
349 days ago
Bob and Betsy Smith
$100.00
388 days ago
Kane & Papa, P..C.
$100.00
390 days ago
Tiffany Lawrence
$100.00
668 days ago
gbolt
$100.00
239 days ago
Rique Flato
$100.00
271 days ago
Brad Johnson
$100.00
258 days ago
Charles Clements
$100.00
251 days ago
Randall Acra
$100.00
235 days ago
William Neil Sackrider
$100.00
198 days ago
Dan Sutherland Weiser
$75.00
220 days ago
John C. McDowell
$50.00
233 days ago
Ann Chavent
$50.00
360 days ago
Marilyn Bromage
$50.00
308 days ago
William Stallings
$50.00
656 days ago
Carl Hefner
$50.00
514 days ago
Nicholas Cheek
$50.00
510 days ago
Mike and Billi Baddick
$50.00
453 days ago
Brian Edmonds
$43.82
413 days ago
Amy Matson
$35.00
570 days ago
Laura Troidle
$30.00
319 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
572 days ago
Ronald C. Evans
$25.00
365 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
343 days ago
Lisa Mathews
$25.00
236 days ago
Michael Baker
$25.00
542 days ago
Tim Schenken
$25.00
667 days ago
Javier Folgar
$25.00
668 days ago
Mike Wirshup
$25.00
511 days ago
Laurie Peccini
$25.00
434 days ago
Donald Walker
$21.91
475 days ago
Quentin Humberd
$21.91
477 days ago
Rob Glenn
$21.91
513 days ago
Andrew Simrell
$21.91
513 days ago
Ben Dunlap
$21.91
519 days ago
Erin Laird
$21.91
271 days ago
Jeff Kelly
$21.91
259 days ago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Armstrong Jr.
$21.91
235 days ago
nick wheatley
$21.91
234 days ago
Gregory Joyce
$21.91
370 days ago
Diane Orban
$21.91
370 days ago
Laurie Hebrard
$21.91
373 days ago
Tracy J Oberholzer Jr
$21.91
302 days ago
Sara Higgins
$21.91
272 days ago
Denise Horton
$21.90
523 days ago
Clifford Bates
$20.21
431 days ago
Colin McCool
$20.00
661 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
572 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
374 days ago
Anonymous
$10.00
160 days ago
STACY BEAULIEU
$5.00
517 days ago