I discovered this podcast almost 5 years after it aired. I listened to the first show and I was hooked! I wound up listening to every single episode and truly enjoyed being along for the journey. I would highly recommend the show for those who are interested in the possibility of a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail or who simply would enjoy living vicariously through the experience.
Great show, I could identify well with Bruce and loved following his journey. great stuff.
Such a great podcast. Very informative and intriguing. Both of you guys did such a great job! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to complete the AT! Meanwhile I’ll stick to hiking around central Alabama when I get the time.
Congratulations on the thru hike. This podcast was great! I listened from the beginning. Made my work week better as I looked forward weekly to find the right time to listen. Very inspiring!! Thanks for letting us join your journey.
Congratulations Bruce on completing your 44 year dream. I enjoyed listening to your journey and some time I felt I was there on the trail hiking with you. I know you planned a lot for this trip, if you don’t mind sharing, where can I get the details. Regards
Sorry Apple but this show deserves MANY 5 star reviews. Love the podcast do much that when recently hiking in the Whites, I left RTK so encouragement in some AMC Hut registers. Tell him I was VERY tired when visiting each hut so my notes were brief. Hiked for 4 days from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch and left some notes for RTK in the Greenleaf, Galehead & Zealand Hut registers. Look @ July 19 - 21. So glad RTK is passing through the magnificent White Mountains of New Hampshire. What a different kind of hiking than the rest of The AT. Tell RTK to enjoy the Whites but to avoid breaking any body parts. Please remember it’s just mind over matter. It doesn’t mind you don’t matter. Happy trails. 👣👣👣 Keep going RTK & Mighty Blue. Your show is sooooo cool. JASH
Two months ago I first started listening to Mighty Blue on the Appalachin trail and have not fully listedn to both Mighty Blue and Returning to Katahdin. Both Podcast which I love recently inspired me to go on my first hike in years in Alaska. Bruce and Dave do a great job "walking" you through all the preperations required to hike the trail and then you take the trip with them. The podcast is like going on a very long trip that you don't want to end! One question I had that perhaps an upcoming edisode can talk about is what it costs to hike the trail. I would be very interested in understanding the costs of hiking that Bruce and Steve experienced. Best!
I look forward to the podcast every monday morning! I have also finally caught up with all the episodes on the Mighty Blue podcast. As a section hiker in Maine (should finish Maine this year!), I’m looking forward to hearing Bruce’s experience as he heads north!
I love this podcast! The first chunk of episodes about preparation and getting ready for the trail really hyped me up for thru hiking season. And now, I get to follow RTK as he heads north! What an absolute pleasure.
I used to find myself excited for the weekend. Now I can’t wait for it to end because that means it’s MONDAY and a new episode!!! ❤️
This is another great podcast! Love Mighty Blue, love this one. I have a friend on the AT this year and between her pictures and this podcast I get to live my dreams through others. I pull out my guide book and follow along during each episode. Some day I’ll hike the AT, but for now, listening to RTK is great! Thanks Steve for another great podcast! Oh and GO BRUCE!!
Having only section like part of the Appalachian Trail I am looking forward to following RTK on his journey hopefully all the way to Maine.
In addition to being informative and interesting, this podcast is enjoyable to listen to. No annoying soundtrack music or rookie sound effects here! I appreciate the older and wiser perspective here in “recalling a dream” and going after it. It gives me hope as I’m recalling my own. Happy trails!
I ran across this excellent podcast after listening to a few episodes of the sister podcast, Mighty Blue on the AT, and have enjoyed listening to the various topics that Steve and Bruce have discussed. As a current 54 yr. old AT section hiker, who hopes to thru hike the AT eventually, this has been just what the doctor ordered. Having two gents that are in my general age range discuss their experiences, planning, gear lists, expectations, etc. for Steve’s already complete thru hike and Bruce’s upcoming hike, is so enlightening and enjoyable. Looking forward to when Bruce actually sets foot on the trail and his updates as he continues his journey towards Katahdin.
I hope Katahdin lures Bruce in like this Podcast has lured me in. I enjoy listening to Steve’s true knowledge of the Trail merging with Bruce’s research. I listened to Episodes 1-14 in 1.5 days. Looking forward to the days ahead.
Very interesting podcast for those planning to hike all or part of the AT Trail. Podcast is just the right length, and narrator does a good job moving the conversation through topics relevant to AT hikers.
At 30 minutes per episode, Steve does a great job talking through the excitement of preparing for such a large undertaking as a thru-hike with Bruce. His soothing voice and deep knowledge of the trail makes this for an interesting adventure to listen to.
I wish I'd had this podcast while preparing for my thru hike. Thanks Mighty Blue for giving the trail community another great resource! I'm looking forward to following and supporting Bruce "RTK" on his journey as he supported me (like he has for so many others) on my thru hike in 2016. To Katahdin!
This is a spinoff from Steve Adams' outstanding thru-hiking podcast Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail. Bruce Matson is gearing up to accomplish a long-held dream, hiking the ~2,190-mile AT, and Returning to Katahdin is Steve's attempt to document the entire process. It's also worth noting that Bruce plans to use his hike to raise $250,000 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Bruce, a highly accomplished attorney, is articulate and meticulous, while Steve is boisterous and funny and at times irreverent. It makes for surprising chemistry, and it's fun to listen to. For me, the early episodes that detail Bruce's careful planning and attempt to anticipate anything that might come his way while on trail — just like any good attorney would — will be a fascinating opportunity to watch, in quasi-real-time, as a hiker comes to understand my hiking motto: The trail is the teacher. While planning and anticipation are a critical and for most of us, fun, part of the thru-hiking experience, I learned very quickly that the moment you set foot on the trail, all the planning, the spreadsheets, the calorie and mileage calculations, and so on, tend to go out the window. So I'm really looking forward, after listening to Bruce's prep for a few months, to see if he agrees with my unofficial motto or not. For anyone interested in hiking the AT, the first few episodes of this podcast point to a very educational experience ahead. ~Pony (Colorado Trail '15; AT '16)
I hiked the trail in 2004 and this podcast brings back good memories of the trail. I am writing this on November 27, 2017 and Bruce is 90 days out from the start of the trail. As he and Steve talking about getting ready, I am reminded of how I felt and prepared for the trip. I am looking foward to every epidode as Bruce walks his way north.
I’m looking forward to hearing about Bruce’s preparations and his experiences while hiking the AT!
This podacst is a spinoff form his first podacst 'Might Blue On the AT'. Rather than Steve interviewing different hikers and reading his own book, we are in for a bit of a different treat here. Steve is having conversations with Bruce Matson, who's 40 year dream of thru hiking the AT is finally coming to fruition as he plans for a Feb 2018 start date. Steve has a friendly and engaging interview style which helps bring peoples stories to life. The first episode was great and I'm really looking forward to this deep dive look at Bruce's story.