Sharing the past and protecting the future.

We love the region that we call home, and that is why we are so passionate about sharing the stories and experiences that our mountains hold. The Fraser River forms the dividing line between the granite spires of the Cascade Mountains to the South and East, and the glacier packed Coast Mountains to the North and West. This is our playground. Whether you are seeking solace in mossy old-growth forests or aspiring to climb to the summit of one of our many iconic peaks, the Ascent Guides Team is here to make that experience happen and give you the tools to continue a life of exploring in the backcountry.

Avalanche safety training

Climbing + alpine experiences

Mountaineering and rescue

Swiftwater rescue and packrafting

Hiking/Backpacking trips.


Upcoming courses

Meet the owners.

John Valecko

John has spent a large portion of his life exploring the Fraser Valley backcountry. He is the author of the Fraser Valley Rock Climbing Guide, as well as the co-founder and chair of the Fraser Valley Climbing Society. He is a passionate climber and route developer, establishing dozens of the Fraser Valley's iconic crags and routes. John is also an avid mountain biker, split boarder, trail builder and advocate for the Fraser Valley and everything the Cascade and Coast Mountains have to offer.

Sam Waddington

Sam grew up in Chilliwack, BC, and spent time as a kid on a multi-year trip across the world on his family's 33 foot sailboat. He has traveled extensively through over 50 countries on 6 continents, Paragliding, Ultra marathon Running, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Spear Fishing, Surfing, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Whitewater Kayaking / Packrafting, Backcountry Skiing and Mountain Biking. Sam is the founder and owner of Chilliwack's gear shop, Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors, which opened in 2012. Sam has served his community as a City Councillor, he co-founded the Fraser Valley Trails Alliance, and the Fraser Valley Climbing Society.

Our partners.

We exist as part of a community of businesses and organizations in the Fraser Valley, each of which is dedicated to the promotion of outdoor recreation and the protection of wild places. Our trips and courses are made possible by the work of the various advocacy societies, businesses and individuals who have dedicated themselves to building trails, bolting routes, and sharing their knowledge of the backcountry so that more people can enjoy our shared wilderness. We are proud to call each of them our partners.

We get it, you're excited, so are we!

But, we're still updating our courses and trips for Summer/Fall 2021.

Keep checking back as we update more and more stoke-fueling adventure.

- The Ascent team