Free Backpacking Trips – Room still available!

There is still room on our FREE backpack trips into the Trinity Alps! Pick up an application by facebooking us (, emailing us ( , calling us (530-739-1177), or grabbing one while you’re at Mama Llama in Weaverville. Deadline to sign up is July 3rd, but the sooner you get it in, the better chance you get a slot! Hope to hear from you!

Dinner and a Movie! May 12th, 2017

Where: Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center (TAPAC) in Weaverville.

When: Friday, May 12th Dinner @ 6pm, Movie @ 7pm

Ascend Wilderness Experience will be hosting a dinner and movie night featuring the documentary, “The Fourth Phase”. Inspired by the hydrological cycle, iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends embark on a multi-year mission to follow the North Pacific Gyre’s flow. As Rice and the crew experience the highs and lows of a journey unlike any previously attempted, cutting-edge cinematography captures some of the world’s most remote environments bringing breathtaking scenery and thrilling action to viewers worldwide. From the innovators of “Art in Flight” (2011), the latest film from Travis Rice, Brain Farm & Red Bull Media House.

The Fourth Phase will be shown on Friday May 12th at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville. Dinner will start at 6pm and the movie at 7pm. Dinner will include pizza, sold by the slice, and choices of beverages. There is no cost to attend the film, however all donations will go to Ascend Wilderness Experience and will fund local youth participating in 5-day backpack trips into the Trinity Alps Wilderness this summer.

If you have questions about the movie, call Scott LaFein at 530-739-3945 or email

Now Hiring!

Ascend needs Wilderness Guides for our 2017 backpacking season.  Must have experience with youth and the outdoors.  Trips run between July 10th – August 18th.  Make a difference to our youth by “changing the world, one backpack trip at a time”!

For more information email us at:, or call Scott at 530-739-3945.


Join us for the film screening of ‘Paul’s Boots’ Appalachian Trail story – April 14th @ TAPAC 6:30pm

Join Ascend for a movie night fundraiser screening of “Paul’s Boots,” a beautiful, true story of a man who dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail.  In the midst of his preparations, Paul died.  His bereaved wife, M’Lynn, was inspired to seek the assistance of some hikers planning to trek the 2,190 miles, crossing 14 states ranging from Georgia to Maine, asking them to carry Paul’s boots the length of the trail.

“Paul’s Boots”  will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville.  There is no cost to attend, however all donations will go to Ascend Wilderness Experience and will fund local youth participating in five-day backpack trips into the Trinity Alps Wilderness this summer.  Bake sale and beverage items will also be available for purchase to fund Ascend Wilderness Experience.

To view more information about the film follow this link:

Hope to see you there!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Ascend is working on their first digital newsletter to be released in the Spring of 2017.  Since our August 2016 revitalization we’ve had lots to report on: successful fundraisers, rekindled local networks and exciting new vision for Ascend’s growth.  We’d love to tell you all about it!

We’re collecting email address (and snail mail address too), to share our good news in a quarterly newsletter beginning May 2017.  If you want to be in the loop, send us your information!   You can subscribe to our mailing list via our website (to the right of this post) or email us at with the Subject Title “Newsletter Subscription”.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!






Great News!

Ascend Wilderness Experience just received equipment grant funding for summer 2017.  We’ll be purchasing some great new gear and getting everything ready for a fun, adventurous summer!

Benefit Dinner & Polka Party Success!

So much gratitude for the turnout to our Polka Party & Benefit Dinner!! dinnerhobo-gulch

It was a full house! The food was top-notch, great quality silent auction items, AMAZING polka music by the Hobo Gulch Polka Band. Endless thank you’s to all those who came out to support us, and to everyone who VOLUNTEERED!!! You are our heroes, without you, we wouldn’t have been able to do it! For those who didn’t make it, send us your email address, and we’ll keep you in the loop for our next event. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Benefit Dinner and Polka Party – Saturday October 22nd!!!

To help fund Trinity Alps Wilderness excursions for local youth in the 2017 backpack season, Ascend Wilderness Experience is throwing a Benefit Dinner and Polka Party!

The fun-filled event will feature a fresh local produce dinner, silent auction, and live music by Trinity County’s own Hobo Gulch Polka.  polkapartyheaderAscend will also offer a slide show, testimonials from past participants, and fun activities to share the meaningful work that the organization does.

Silent auction items include, guided fishing trips, rafting trips, outdoor gear and much more.

Dinner includes multiple mouth watering courses:
Organic Green Salad
Tender Baked Chicken with Herbed Gravy
Ginger Glazed Tempeh Steaks
Persian Rice with Egyptian Saffron
Farm-to-Table Roasted Roots
Canyon Creek Apple Crisp with Cream
Local Beer, Wine and Cider
Lavendar Hibiscus Cooler
Chai Tea

Doors at 5pm, dinner at 6pm, and polka at 8pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids under 12, $35 for couples, and $60 for a family of 4. Tickets are available at Mamma Llama, Junction City Store, Norel-Pom and at the door.

For more information or to volunteer to help please contact:

Danyel Aglipay: or 503 720 6092
Amanda Barragar: 541 292 2833