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Downtime: Thru-Hike Debrief with Bruce Matson

10/19/2018

Six months after embarking on his lifelong dream of a solo “thru-hike” of the Appalachian Trail, veteran local attorney Bruce Matson has returned to Richmond unscathed, fulfilled and several dozen pounds lighter.

Having successfully completed the nearly 2,200-mile trek from Georgia to Maine, with stops along the way to rest and resupply, the 60-year-old chief legal officer and partner of downtown law firm LeClairRyan said he also comes back a bit wiser, having had plenty of time to reflect on his life over what’s said to be the trail’s 5 million steps.

While his accomplishment was marked with personal loss – his father died just days after he climbed Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine that marks the trail’s northern terminus – Matson, who first discussed the trip with BizSense in February, reflected on his journey with joy when he recently sat down for a post-hike debriefing.

As he did on his website and podcast along the way, Matson recounted the sights and revelations he experienced while not only fulfilling his personal goal but also raising money for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. With $4,400 raised when he left in February, on top of a $100,000 matching fund contribution from Matson, his crowdfunding page is now at nearly $32,000.

Read the full story in Richmond BizSense here.

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