The Dream.  Bruce has dreamed about attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail over 40 year ago.  In the summer of 1974 he attended a presentation by Warren Doyle, who had not only backpacked from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine, but he had just set a new record for completing the hike in the fewest number of days. Having done some hiking and backpacking at the time, Bruce was completely captivated by the presentation and committed to himself that night, “I’m going to do that someday.”

After guiding canoe trips in the north Maine Woods for two summers (including a number of trips up Mt. Katahdin, law school won out over a career in outdoor education. Work and family won out over long distance hiking and backpacking.  Not only did this Connecticut Yankee go to school in the South, but Bruce has only been a visitor to New England for almost 40 years, having met his wife at William & Mary and having then settled in Virginia after graduation.

He did not think it would take more than 40 years to attempt to return to Mt. Katahdin, but on February 24, 2018 he will leave Springer Mountain and try to make good on that promise made in 1974.


TodayBruce practices law in Richmond, Virginia with the law firm of LeClairRyan, where most recently he served as its Chief Legal Officer. Bruce also serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Randolph Square IP, LLC and certain of its affiliates – which is a patent analytics company offering advisory services, litigation finance, and other capital market services relating to patents.

Bruce is also a director of Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE: APLE), the C. S. Lewis Institute, the Virginia State Golf Association (“VSGA”) as well as a member of the community advisory boards for the VERITAS School and the Bon Secours Health System.  He is the immediate past president of the VSGA.

Bruce is the author of three regional golf histories and more recently published The Race Before Us: A Journey of Running & Faith and The Road to Find Out: A Modern Pilgrim and the Camino de Santiago – both available at Amazon or from the author.

Finally, Bruce is the author of these three eBooks:

  • RTK’s Brief Guide to the Camino de Santiago (Spain)
  • RTK’s Brief Guide to Tasmania’s Overland Track (Tasmania)
  • RTK’s Brief Guide to the Milford Track (New Zealand) (to be published soon)

You may obtain free copy of these eBooks by subscribing to the RTK Newsletter.  Subscribe HERE!  If you are already a subscriber, please email Bruce at rtkchallenge@gmail.com and he will send you copies.

Bruce "RTK" Matson


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