Returning to Katahdin

first_imgAfter a 44-year wait, Bruce Matson began the 2,189-mile journey that has long been awaiting him. On February 25, Matson set out from Springer Mountain in Georgia to begin a northbound thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail (AT). Back in 1974, before a long climb to the top of corporate success, Matson was inspired to look beyond the hustle of city life. At a camp in Connecticut, Bruce first became introduced to the almighty challenge of the Appalachian Trail by the legendary Warren Doyle. Doyle, now a major advocate and teacher so to speak of the A.T., had just recorded the fastest known thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. “I actually said to myself – ‘I’m going to do that some day,” said Matson.As a youth, Matson hiked Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the A.T., But then Matson went on to college and law school. Marriage and children also kept his A.T. dreams on hold.But over the years, the Richmond attorney frequently offered “trail magic” to A.T. thru-hikers passing through Virginia, helping them with resupply and bringing them dinner. Now, at age 60, he is finally fulfilling his childhood promise to thru-hike the A.T.Matson is no stranger to long-distance hiking. To prepare for the A.T., Matson hiked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, as well as the 40-mile Overland Track in Tasmania, and the 35-mile Milford Track in New Zealand. Perhaps the biggest challenge Matson faces won’t be the A.T.’s grueling climbs, but his record-setting fundraising goal. Matson is pledging to raise $250,000 for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. If successful, Matson will provide the highest individual monetary contribution ever made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  The effort is commonly referred to as RTK’s AT Challenge, a reference to his trail name and web site: Returning to Katahdin.“Bruce Matson’s dedication to the Trail has been an inspiration to us all at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,” said Tiffany Lawrence, vice president of membership and development for the ATC. “His efforts have helped spearhead our new crowdfunding platform, creating a way for all Appalachian Trail lovers to easily raise money to help protect the Trail for generations to come.”  “At this time of my life, it seems that the proper response is to be grateful and to try to give back,” says Matson. “That’s what I’m trying to do here, help make sure in my own small way that this footpath will be available to others with similar dreams.” You can follow in Matson’s footsteps at www.returningtokatahdin.com or on a weekly podcast entitled “Returning To Katahdin:  An Appalachian Trail Dream” (available on iTunes and elsewhere). Author, podcaster, and 2014 AT thru-hiker Steve Adams will be interviewing Matson each week about his progress along the Trail.last_img read more

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Neymar will fight Messi and Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or – Brazil coach

first_imgNEYMAR can become as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and battle with the pair for the Ballon d’Or, believes Brazil coach Tite.The former Barcelona forward has been named in Brazil’s squad to face Ecuador and Colombia, even though they have already sealed World Cup qualification, with Neymar’s new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Dani Alves, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos also included.A desire to step out of Messi’s shadow has been widely cited as one of Neymar’s primary reasons to make his world-record move from Camp Nou to PSG for €222 million.And Tite has backed Brazil’s star player to develop into a regular contender for the Ballon d’Or, an honour he is yet to win having been third behind Ronaldo and winner Messi in 2015.“There are three players fighting for that position: Cristiano, Messi and Neymar,” said Tite.“Cristiano and Messi are from a different generation – and Neymar will get there. That will depend on his performances, not on whether he plays with Messi.“The essence is that he likes to play football. The important thing is that he is well and adapted in his new club. Values and money do not change anything. He went to another club, as he said, to seek new perspectives.”PSG’s typical formation is similar to what Neymar is used to at Barcelona and this will help the 25-year-old to settle in at his new club, added the national team coach.“The tactical formation used by Paris is very similar to that of Barcelona, it’s 4-3-3,” Tite said. “PSG use two forwards with a pivot, so it has the same design.“It only changes the characteristics of the players who will play next to Neymar.”last_img read more

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Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey suspended indefinitely due to violation of team rules

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey have been suspended indefinitely from Syracuse’s football team for a violation of team rules, according to an SU Athletics press release.The news comes less than two hours after the Orange lost 37-27 to No. 1 Clemson. Neither Sheppard nor Ealey played against the Tigers.Sheppard has played in nine games this season and has recorded a tackle and an interception. Ealey has one tackle in seven games this season. Comments Related Stories Freshman Qaadir Sheppard impresses at defensive endcenter_img Published on November 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img

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Tipp focused on All Ireland camogie campaign.

first_imgFollowing their agonising one point loss to Cork in the Munster Senior Final on Saturday the Tipp camogie team are now turning their attention to the All Ireland campaign.Tipp will begin their efforts at home to Derry on June 27th before games away to Dublin and Kilkenny and at home to Clare.Manager Brian Boyle says they are in a good position heading into the championship but is very much aware of the task that lies ahead.last_img

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Konami slots arrive on European shores for the first time

first_imgShare Leading gaming solutions and services provider Nektan Plc has signed a landmark deal with Spin Games LLC, becoming the first European supplier of Spin Games-licensed content, including the highly anticipated Konami video slots.Immensely popular titles, such as China Shores, will also be made available on the continent for the first time. Spin Games, a world-renowned HTML5 Remote Gaming Server, has integrated content from premium US land-based suppliers such as Konami, Everi, Incredible Technologies and Grand Vision Gaming. The Spin Games ROC is being integrated into Nektan’s Evolve Lite platform as part of the deal. The portfolio of games will initially go live with Videoslots, before being made available to Nektan’s expanding network of operating partners and white label casinos.  CEO and Founder of Spin Games Kent Young said: “We are thrilled to have signed a deal to bring our exceptional range of games to Europe for the first time. We have been very impressed with the power and flexibility of Nektan’s platform, and we look forward to working closely with them as we continue to build on our potential.”Nektan Commercial Director Claire Osborne added: “We are hugely excited to be the first provider to bring Konami titles to European regulated markets, and this agreement with Spin Games will allow us to expand our excellent range of content with an industry leading partner.  This deal represents a major step forward as we continue to deliver a B2B gaming platform offering unique and bespoke content.” Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020last_img read more

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