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First Descents provides life-changing outdoor
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Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.


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OPEN REGISTRATION: Join us this November, alongside our favorite Out Living It Guru - Captain O, to explore, relax, and rejuvenate…
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Are you a young adult impacted by cancer? 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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A nation-wide day of climbing, community, and charity.

Climbathon 2018

Join First Descents Local Adventure Communities for a nation-wide day of climbing, community, and charity.  Your $30 donation will include all-day entry and equipment rentals at a locally partnering climbing gym.  Individuals who meet their $250 fundraising goal will sponsor one full day of adventure programming for a First Descents participant.  Join us! Who can participate?  Anyone!  First Descents alumni, friends, family members,…

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Gear up for your next adventure with First Descents apparel, hats, and gear! From beanies to fully waterproof Fishpond bags, we have something to help you get ready for your next adventure. Plus you can feel good knowing your purchase helped young adults impacted by cancer!