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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 provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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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 | Los Angeles, CA

March 22, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Rope up in the stunning Joshua Tree National Park, an adventure playground for climbers both new and experienced. In the evenings you'll soak in a warm fire and gaze at the unbelievable starry skies, far away from that L.A. smog. Come join us in the majestic desert for a weekend…

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

April 13, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Want to learn the secrets behind packing the perfect hiking backpack? Come to the Framingham REI to learn the tips and tricks from the experts. Should you roll or stuff? Do you put the heaviest items at the bottom or the top? All will be revealed at this enlightening clinic. Plus,…

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

April 13, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Join us for a 2-hour REI skills building clinic to learn mountain bike trailside repair and get ready for our Mountain Biking program in China Camp State Park! Folks are encouraged to bring their bike. If you don't have a bike, you’ll still learn some sweet tips about how to keep on…

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Philadelphia, PA

April 13, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Hey there Philly Trib! Come join your First Descents friends for a day of indoor rock climbing and community. Whether you are new to climbing, or just want to brush up on your skills, this is the perfect opportunity to get together, get after it, and learn a new sport!…

Eligibility: Open to the Philadelphia Local Adventure Community
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Surfing | Outer Banks, North Carolina

April 28, 2019 - May 18, 2019

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known to be one of the most beautiful vacations spots on the East Coast.  The water is warm, the beaches are golden, and the surf break is consistent. After epic days spent catching waves and stand-up paddle boarding, you’ll kick back in some…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Global Adventure | Croatia

May 1, 2019 - May 11, 2019

If your Mediterranean fantasies feature sunny days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality. Join First Descents on an epic adventure that offers a unique combination of all the things we love! Breathtaking natural beauty, adventure, sea kayaking…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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