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Our free program for first-timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer and other serious health conditions 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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Global Adventure | Patagonia

March 5, 2020 - March 13, 2020

The First Descents family is headed to the turquoise waters and lush green  mountains of Patagonia for 10 days of adventure and community. We're teaming up with the incredible folks at Bio Bio Expeditions for an adrenaline filled program of whitewater rafting class V rapids along the unbelievable Futaleufu River.…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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Local Adventure | Los Angeles, CA

March 6, 2020 - March 8, 2020

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 Trib- Oncology
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Local Adventure | Phoenix, AZ

March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Phoenix FD community, let's get out and enjoy the Spring weather in the majestic McDowell Mountains! This time, it will be a rock climbing program for beginners and intermediates alike. Take Saturday to learn some new tips and tricks with our expert REI guides and then unwind at a beautiful…

Eligibility: Open to the Phoenix Trib - Oncology
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

March 14, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Join us for an EPIC day mountain biking in Wilder Ranch State Park! You'll get to explore beautiful cliff-side trails with incredible views of the ocean all while hanging out with your local San Francisco community! After learning some great tips from REI Instructors, you'll hit the trails and enjoy…

Eligibility: Open to the San Francisco Trib
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Local Adventure | Orlando, FL

March 20, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Glide through the beautiful blackwaters of the Little Econlockhatchee River with the local guides at BK Adventures and your Orlando Trib friends! We will spend Saturday on the river, checking out the unique vegetation and all kinds of water creatures! Return at night to our cozy house where you'll enjoy…

Eligibility: Open to the Orlando Trib - Oncology
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

March 28, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Just 8 minutes from downtown, Barton Creek Greenbelt offers some of the best climbing walls to learn on in Texas! Spend some time connecting with your local Austin friends while learning to build trust, perfect technique, and hone your skills on the wall.  Never climbed before? No worries! We will…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib
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