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The First Descents 2018 program season is now open for enrollment. 

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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Ouray, Colorado

OPEN REGISTRATION. There will be two separate weeks of Ouray Ice Climbing programs in 2018. Week 1: January 28th -…
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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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Save the date for our marquee event

2018 First Descents Ball

Save the date for the 12th Annual First Descents Ball! Tickets will go on sale soon.  The 12th Annual First Descents Ball will honor those who believe in the healing power of adventure and desire to help First Descents blaze new trails in the years ahead. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of First Descents and our vision to…

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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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