General, Uncategorized

Week 25 – Can I finish this journey on my own?

I made this a 5-day “week” because it better captures logically/organizationally the theme for this week and sets up nicely the next “week” where I leave New Hampshire, enter Maine...

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Bruce's Thru-hike, General, New Hampshire, Uncategorized

Week 24 – Entering the Whites: Beasts and Beauty

Throughout the pre-hike planning process and as you make your way north on the Appalachian Trail you are reminded regularly by YouTube vloggers, former thru-hikers, guide books, other...

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Podcast, Uncategorized

RTK Challenge Podcast Episode #37 – Week Twenty

This past week, Bruce put up a post on his blog that, for the first time, revealed some of the insecurities that can come with a long-distance hike. While we spoke about his latest progress...

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Bruce's Thru-hike, Connecticut, New State, Planning, Uncategorized

Week 19 – My Banana Pudding Moment

Week 19 6/24 – Bear Mountain Inn 6/25 – Bear Mountain Inn 6/26 – Meet Brooke; Clarence Fahnestock State Park 6/27 – Morgan Stewart shelter 6/28 – Brooke returns to NYC from...

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Pennsylvania, Rock Trail, Uncategorized

Week #16—The Calm Before the Rock Storm

6/4 – Duncannon to stealth campsite 6/5 – Campsite to swatara gap campsite 6/6 – Swatara gap to Rock n Sole hostel 6/7 – Hostel to Port Clinton/Hamburg 6/8 – Port Clinton to...

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Bruce's Thru-hike, New State, Uncategorized, Virginia AT

Week #15– A Different Kind of Appalachian Trail Experience

Week # 15 5/27 – S: Raven Rock 5/28 – H: Trail of Hope 5/29 – S: Toms Run 5/30 – H: Allenberry 5/31 – H: Allenberry 6/1 – H: Carlisle (Rodeway Inn) 6/2. – H: Carlisle...

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Week 13—Planned Time Off the Trail

Date: 5/11 – 5/18 OBSERVATIONS: This was a planned week off the trail, primarily for our daughter Brooke’s PhD graduation from UNC – Chapel Hill. I was also able to check in with the...

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Gear, Planning, Sponsors, Uncategorized

OBOZ Post—Thru-hiking the AT: Beating Both the Bubble AND the Smokies? PART 2

PART 2 — Thru-hiking the AT: Beating Both the Bubble AND the Smokies? Note: Previously, Oboz Footwear posted an article from Bruce “RTK” Matson, one of its ambassadors,...

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General, Podcast, Uncategorized

WEEK #9—Eager for Spring and Eager for Family & Friends

WEEK # 9 4/15 – 4/21 (Marion to Pearisburg) “Eager for Spring and Eager for Family & Friends” Of course, not everyone approaches resupply the same way, but arriving in...

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Bruce's Thru-hike, General, RTK Extra, Uncategorized

RTK Extra: The First 30 Days on the Trail (AND SOME NEW PICS)

Random Thoughts & Observations after a Month on the AT & some new pics below– 1. I always thought .3 miles was not that far. 2. Wildlife has been all but nonexistent....

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