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Our free program (FD1) for first timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer after the age of 15.

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Local adventure communities (FDtribs) provide weekend outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program.

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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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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Join the Boston Trib for two days of biking through quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds and sandy beaches in beautiful Cape Cod. After a long day of biking, spend the evening relaxing over fresh seafood in an idyllic Cape Cod cottage. Registration will open 9 weeks before the program.

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C. / Baltimore

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Join your local adventure community for two days of epic bike riding through the Virginia countryside! This program kicks off with a day of biking through quaint Virginia towns with incredible views of the rolling hills that make VA famous! The next day you'll head to High Bridge State Park…

Eligibility: Open to the D.C./Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Asheville, NC

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Join the Charlotte Local Adventure Community for a weekend of rock climbing in Asheville, NC with Fox Mountain Guides. We will spend two days climbing epic routes, enjoying the Smoky Mountain Fall colors and eating amazing food with the Charlotte community. Dont miss out on this beautiful fall weekend adventure!…

Eligibility: Open to the Charlotte Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

October 12, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Just two hours north of NYC, lies the Gunks, home to some of the world’s most renowned climbs in the Northeast. Spend the weekend with the NYC Trib and Alpine Endeavors, climbing high above the tree line to take in the incredible fall colors. Registration will open 9 weeks before…

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is chock-full of beautiful pink, granite domes spanning over 600-acres. This area is perfect for disconnecting from the wires, picking up a rope, and connecting with your local First Descents adventure community! Never climbed before? No worries! We will have routes for all levels and…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Manitowoc, WI

October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Let's join forces with our Midwest communities and meet in Manitowoc for a weekend of hiking, yoga, and apple picking! On Saturday, we will spend the day hiking in the morning and picking apples in the afternoon. We'll then head back to our farmhouse home base to make some delicious apple pie…

Eligibility: Open to the Wisconsin First Descents community and surrounding areas
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