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Returning to Katahdin: An Appalachian Trail Dream

Did you ever want to hike the Appalachian Trail? Come and listen to Bruce Matson and Steve Adams as Bruce prepares for his journey in 2018. They'll be continuing their conversation while Bruce is on the trail, all the way back to Katahdin.

Thanks so much to our title sponsor, Trailtopia. Great friends and great food is a winning combination.

Jul 16, 2018

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 on the trail–he has just passed Mile 1600–we also looked at that "Banana Pudding" moment that almost derailed his hike. The...


Jul 9, 2018

Bruce spent several days off the trail this week. He has family in Connecticut and spent a couple of days with them, then a day hike with his daughter Amy and a family member.

Though not in the interview, he also shared with Steve the extent of the damage that the rocks of Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, New...


Jul 2, 2018

Bruce and his daughter, Brook, shared a couple of days hiking in New York this week.  So, after chatting with Bruce, I also had a word with Brooke about her father's almost serene progress. Water has started to become more scarce, with planning vital to avoid a parched six or seven miles.

Bruce has found great value in...


Jun 25, 2018

Hoping for somewhat of a respite from Pennsylvania, Bruce had a tough time in one of the New York sections, skipping it temporarily when the forecast showed 100% chance of rain. As always, his instincts seemed spot on, and he has made it up and over Bear Mountain, one of the bigger climbs in New York.

We discuss the...


Jun 18, 2018

Bruce invited yet another guest hiker to join him on his journey. The only problem might be that Pennsylvania isn't the easiest place to get your trail legs. Further, combining the climb up out of Lehigh Gap AND the Knife's Edge isn't exactly Amateur Hour. As always with Bruce, his preparations and expectations were...