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First Descents provides life-changing outdoor
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Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some the best whitewater kayaking in the American…
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Join us for three epic days at the Out Living It Festival

Out Living It Festival

The Out Living It Fest is First Descents’ very own multi-day, multi-sport mountain festival designed to celebrate the healing power of adventure and community! We couldn’t celebrate 20 years without a massive Out Living It celebration so on July 16-19, 2020 we’re gathering hundreds of supporters, alumni, and friends in Buena Vista, Colorado for one epic weekend! There’ll be rafting, mountain biking,…

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Out Living It Project

Kick off your New Year by joining the Out Living It Project and fundraising for First Descents. There is no better time to take on a new challenge and help bring the healing power of adventure to young adults impacted by cancer and MS. Start an Out Living It Project and add special meaning to your next adventure or event by raising funds and awareness for First Descents.

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Prescribe Adventure

Help Prescribe Adventure to young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions earlier in their treatment journey. Medical centers and healthcare organizations nationwide are already working with First Descents (FD) to improve survivorship through adventure, physical activity, and peer connection. Join us by clicking learn more below!

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Are you a young adult impacted by cancer or MS? Sign up today to experience the healing power of adventure! First Descents offers week long, local, and international adventures. Find out more about our program offerings and get started.

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