28th Annual Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack for BENCHMARK 
October 13 – 16, 2022 – Thursday – Sunday
42.8 miles, 3 hiking days

October 2022 you can support a rigorous hike of 42.8 miles along the Appalachian Trail – all in just 3 days. For the 28th year, this hike means taking a few days to step out of normal life and into creation. Into whatever weather and challenges come our way.

How can you participate? Prayerfully consider lending your support in one or more of these ways:

MOVE. Up for a physical challenge yourself? Few can #hikethechuck in person. Maybe you can take up an adventure of your own – to help you see what you’re made of. Walk or hike the 42.8 miles yourself, between October 1-31. Let us know your progress along the way (we recommend free tracking with the Strava app) on Facebook/Instagram @BENCHMARKAdventure, and be sure to use #hikethechuck and #hardcanbehelpful

PRAY. Before the hike – when the team is training and preparing mentally and physically for the challenge. During the hike October 13 – 16, 2022 – when the team is experiencing the mental and physical challenge they trained for. After the hike – while the team’s fundraising goal is being fulfilled and hikers are focused on physical rest and recovery.

GIVE. Maybe it’s not the year for you to take on a physical challenge. Sponsor one or more hikers today so that BENCHMARK can continue to say yes to the opportunities that God provides. If you know or want to support one of the champions hiking the official Chuck Wilson, you can also share their page with your friends, and collect and contribute funds toward that hiker’s personal funding goal.

Click here to sponsor hiker Joshua Eidson. 

Click here to sponsor hiker Barbara Evans.

Click here to sponsor hiker James Evans.

Click here to sponsor hiker McKinley “Cliff Viewshed” Winchester.

Every step matters.  Every prayer matters.  Every dollar matters.

#hikethechuck   #mountainpeaksareworthit   #hardcanbehelpful   #backpackforbenchmark

Why do we #hikethechuck? The annual Backpack for BENCHMARK became the Chuck Wilson Memorial in 1999, in memory of this Navy Sailor who had a minister’s heart and a mountaineer’s zeal, and experienced God through the beauty of creation.

Get in touch with your adventurous side by joining the Chuck Wilson Memorial Backpack for BENCHMARK.

Tia Dunaway, Chuck's Daughter

Sometimes, when I’m hiking, I can still hear Chuck talking about the heaviness of the pack or how his feet hurt, but the value of the work BENCHMARK was doing in the lives of others.

Barbara Evans

Chuck Wilson was a great man and he was passionate about a great many things. He loved the Lord most of all, followed closely by his family and friends and the great outdoors. He saw and experienced God through the beauty of creation.

Crystal Grove

The efforts expended and the sacrifices made only last for a short time, but the rewards can be for a lifetime.

Kinley Winchester