Though we had to postpone our Mountain Prom this year, Ascend still needs your support! We wish we could be boogying down and dancing the night away, but since 2020 had other plans for us, we are announcing an online fundraiser for this holiday season.
As Thanksgiving comes our way, we hope you remember your favorite wilderness experience for this year’s Giving Tuesday. To donate, you can sponsor a youth hiker or simply give what you can at the link below between now and the end of the year. We look forward to achieving our goal of $5,000 (and partying together at next year’s prom).
Be a part of keeping our next generation grounded and changing the world….one backpacking trip at a time.
Join Ascend on the trail this summer by participating in our 2020 Summer Scavenger Hunt. We have come up with some fun hike itineraries that each include a Scavenger Hunt Challenge with a description of a special feature to be discovered during the hike. Take one of our hikes, take a photo of the special feature described and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a prize.
Ascend also encourages hikers to accept our Stewardship Challenge by collecting garbage on any hike you take. Post a photo of the trash you collected to our Facebook page and you’ll earn a chance to win a fabulous Trinity Alps Wilderness bandana.
Ascend Wilderness Experience has made the very difficult decision to cancel 2020 programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After considering guidance from public health officials, schools, youth organizations and community members we have concluded that, under the circumstances, canceling our summer backpack trips and day hikes is in the best interest of our organization and the youth and community we serve.
Thank you to all the youth and families who applied to participate in our 2020 activities. Your enthusiasm and trust means so much to us. We are going to use this time of decreased public activities to fine tune some of our internal operations and do some exciting future planning.
We will also still, from a distance, facilitate local youth getting outside this summer and so we will be inviting young people and their families to participate in series of social-distancing-friendly scavenger hunts, following clues to make discoveries on the trail. Stay tuned for more information.
Taking a hike is a great way to support mental and physical health. Here are a few tips on social distancing while enjoying a hike. Hike locally and avoid popular locations. Do not congregate in trailhead parking lots. Take a hike during non-peak hours. Avoid touching any surfaces, such as handrails and benches that other hikers are likely to touch. Be prepared for facilities, such as restrooms and trash cans at trailheads, to be unavailable. Practice excellent hygiene and leave no trace. Avoid higher risk activities. Have a mask handy and wear it if you encounter another hiker on the trail. Ascend wishes you happy, healthy hiking!
Wilderness Experience is throwing the second annual Mountain Prom on the
evening of Saturday, March 28 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Weaverville to
raise funds for 2020 summer backpack trips and day hikes for local youth. Mountain
Prom is an all-ages community shindig that will feature a wide variety of
entertainment for the whole family including live music, photo booth, mountain
prom attire and décor, prizes, kids’ corner, delectable hors d’oeuvres and
highlight of this year’s Mountain Prom will be a lip sync contest with competitors
from the local community. The winner of
the contest will receive a certificate for an 8 hour patio boat rental generously donated by Trinity Lake Resorts and
Marina. The boat fits up to 12 people
and the certificate is redeemable any day between May 1st and September
30th, excluding holidays, and subject to availability.
contest of showmanship, with a fabulous grand prize, is open to individuals and
interested in potentially participating in the lip sync contest at Mountain
Prom on March 28 should email email@example.com with the names of
performers that would be involved, the song that would be performed and a brief
description of the general concept for the performance.
tactics such as costumes, props, and choreography are highly recommended. Songs and performances must also be family
Contest space is limited so prospective performers are encouraged to
email in their submissions as soon as possible. Submissions are subject to
review and are not automatically guaranteed a spot in the competition. The final deadline for submissions is high
noon on Wednesday, February 19. For more information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 739 1177.
Ascend Wilderness Experience will be participating in holiday craft fairs around Trinity County this winter to help fundraise for the 2020 youth backpacking trips into the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.
Consider supporting Ascend with your holiday purchases!
November 9th: Festival of Light Arts and Crafts Event 10am – 4pm @ Weaverville Veterans Memorial Hall
November 16th: Hayfork Holiday Bazaar 10am – 3pm @ Roderick’s Senior Center, Hayfork, CA
December 7th: Douglas City Fire Belles’ 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar 9am – 4pm @ Weaverville Veterans Memorial Hall
*Holiday Card Special* Snowy Peak Christmas Card Package Pack of 5 cards for $12 Pack of 10 for $22