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Experience the healing power of adventure

First Descents (FD) program participants experience legitimate outdoor challenges with their peers in some of the most beautiful places in the world. FD’s programs are facilitated by experienced staff and passionate volunteers. Designed to normalize and de-stigmatize cancer and associated trauma, First Descents guarantees a shared experience in a safe and comfortable environment.

In addition to the inherent challenges and excitement surrounding the primary activities offered at programs, FD incorporates a range of traditions and ceremonies that have proven effective in creating a bond amongst participants.

First Descents offers domestic week-long adventures for first-time participants, year-round local adventures that ensure ongoing support, and fundraising incentive programs for alumni who go above and beyond to support FD’s mission. Scroll down for available programs and eligibility.

The experience is entirely free of cost for first-time participants. All food, lodging, instruction, gear, and activities throughout the week are included. FD does ask participants to cover the cost of travel. Travel scholarships are available if costs are prohibitive.

We look forward to working with you to provide the best possible experience!

Main Program Offerings

• Week Long (FD1) – Our free program for first timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer after the age of 15.
• Multi Day (FDtribs) – Local adventure communities provide weekend outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.
• International (FDX) – International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended an FD1 program.

If you are a first timer and would like to sign up, click the “join us” button to get looped into our system. We will be in touch about program local and weeklong offerings as they become available.

Programs Finder

Stay tuned for more information regarding our 2018 program season in the coming months.

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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New Zealand

January 13, 2018 - January 23, 2018

FULL PROGRAM.  When your goal is Out Living It, you always have to be looking ahead. This time, as the result of an FD Alumni/Lead staff collaboration, we’re setting our sights on the magnificent mountains and rivers of New Zealand! The name of our game this time around is primarily…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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Rock Climbing | Ouray, Colorado

January 28, 2018 - February 8, 2018

OPEN REGISTRATION. There will be two separate weeks of Ouray Ice Climbing programs in 2018. Week 1: January 28th - February 2nd Week 2: February 3rd - 8th Please contact First Descents Programs for more information about our Ouray programs and stay tuned for our full 2018 offerings. World-class climbing…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Orlando, FL

February 3, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Join the Orlando Local Adventure Community for 100 miles of challenge, adventure, and stoke! This bike the keys adventure will begin in Key Largo, FL and, after two days of riding, end in gorgeous Key West, FL.

Eligibility: Open to the Orlando Local Adventure Community
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