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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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Rock Climbing | Portland, OR

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Smith Rock is located in central Oregon’s High Desert, and is jam-packed with craggy cliffs of basalt and more than enough climbs to keep both new and experienced climbers entertained!

Eligibility: Open to the Portland Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018

FDtribs Boston is heading to Portland, Maine for a weekend of sea kayaking! Join your local adventure community in an epic overnight kayaking trip to Richmond Island, ME where we will be paddling along beautiful islands and camp under the stars. Never tried sea kayaking? No problem! This program is open…

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Head up the coast to beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore for a 60 mile bike ride with the San Francisco Trib. You’ll spend the evening camping under the stars listening to the ocean breakers crash against rocky headlands, and during the day you’ll bike past expansive sand beaches, open grasslands,…

Eligibility: Open to the San Fran Local Adventure Community
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Kayaking | Hood River, OR

June 3, 2018 - July 7, 2018

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is home to lush forests and crystal clear rivers that make it the perfect place to learn how to kayak.  Your home base at Panorama Lodge is a heavenly spot to relax by the fire and soak in…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Rock Climbing | Cascade Mountains, Washington

June 3, 2018 - June 16, 2018

Snowy volcano peaks, old growth forests, and glassy alpine lakes make the Cascades one of the most scenic spots in the country. To top it off, this area is one of the most famous climbing destinations in the world! Your home base will be in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth,…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Denver, CO

June 7, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Hit Buena Vista for a fun filled weekend of kayaking with Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center and your Denver Trib. We will be staying right on the river in the awesome South Main neighborhood, and enjoying all that the Arkansas River has to offer during the day! With mountain views, perfect…

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Local Adventure Community
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