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Week Long Programs

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

Local Communities

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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Global Adventure | New Zealand

January 27, 2019 - February 4, 2019

The fundraising goal for New Zealand has been lowered to $2,250 and this program is open to +1s!  New Zealand adventures are back on the horizon! When your goal is Out Living It, you always have to be looking ahead to that next adventure and be sure to keep your…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs and +1s
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Rock Climbing | Ouray, Colorado

January 27, 2019 - February 9, 2019

World-class climbing terrain and exquisite views of the San Juan Mountains have led locals to refer to Ouray as the Little Switzerland of Colorado.  Did we mention the Ice Park?  This frozen playground makes Ouray one of FD’s most epic, unique and challenging climbing programs. There will be two separate…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Global Adventure | Sayulita, Mexico

February 24, 2019 - March 2, 2019

The FD family is headed to the warm, blue waters of Sayulita, Mexico for a week of surfing, paddle boarding, zip lining, and snorkeling while aboard a yacht that will serve as your home base for the week. Cruise the sunny coastline of Puerto Vallarta for some of the best…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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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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Kayaking | Hood River, OR

June 1, 2019 - July 6, 2019

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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