We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people
ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish
to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.
— Theodore Roosevelt
As described in an earlier blog post The AT and the Decision “To Go,” I have had a nearly life-long dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Now, at 60 years old, I have 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 I have had, I decided I wanted to try to use this opportunity as a way “give back.” Thus, in connection with the thru-hike I decided I wanted to help raise money for the Trail itself – to help millions after him have the same opportunity to enjoy the AT.
After contacting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the AT, I saw an opportunity to set a new fundraising record. After gathering a matching fund of $100,000, I announced my campaign – called, “RTK’s AT Challenge” – an effort to raise $250,000.
My Trail Name – “RTK” – comes from both the theme of this thru-hike: “Returning To Katahdin” as well as the name of the related website. Having been born and raised in the “North” (Connecticut) and 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), I moved to the “South” (Virginia) for college and law school, met my wife Cheryl, and stayed in Virginia to began a career and a family.
In returning to Katahdin by way of the Appalachian Trail, I will be physically moving north – back to New England. In some respects I’ll be “going home” after over 40 years. But as I do that I look forward to reflecting upon a wonderful life and my his earlier journey from North to South, from Connecticut to Virginia. The number of people impacted by their time on the AT is material. Access to our wild spaces is a remarkable asset. Please join me in making a difference for the future of the Appalachian Trail. Lets make Teddie Roosevelt proud.
Please click here to visit the Support pages and consider a donation to the ATC and for our “glorious heritage.”
Last modified: January 25, 2018