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Our free program (FD1) 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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Local Adventure | Pittsburgh, PA

July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Hey Pittsburgh! Let's soak up summer on this rock climbing program in beautiful Ohiopyle State Park! Along the Youghiogheny River, you'll get to enjoy this newer climbing area and learn some sweet techniques from our expert guides. Challenge yourself in this beloved, idyllic spot alongside your local adventure community! In between…

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

July 20, 2019 - July 20, 2019

Join us for 2-hour REI skills building clinic to learn mountain bike trailside repair and prepare for the multi-day mountain biking adventure in Wompatuck State Park in October. Bring your bike if you'd like! If not, you'll still learn some sweet tips about how to keep on rolling and conquer the fear…

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C.- Baltimore, MD

July 20, 2019 - July 20, 2019

Join the DC/Baltimore local adventure community for a beautiful night of kayaking the Potomac River as the sun sets over the National Monuments! Escape the DC summer heat as you float past the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial with your fellow FD adventurers! Don't forget to work on your kayaking skills…

Eligibility: Open to the D.C./Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Milwaukee, WI

July 26, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Hey Milwaukee! Ready for an EPIC weekend on the river? This whitewater kayaking program will teach you essential river skills and be an overall BLAST! Practice and learn new skills on the Peshtigo River on Saturday with the wonderful Peshtigo River Outdoor Learning Center. Then kickback that night, relaxing and refueling…

Eligibility: Open to the Milwaukee Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Los Angeles, CA- Monthly Meetup

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Los Angeles community! Join us for these monthly meetup adventures in 2019! This is a great opportunity to check-in with your Trib members and enjoy mini-adventures together! Sign up to be a part of the LA Trib in order to get email updates with all the details. And stay tuned…

Eligibility: Open to the LA Adventure Community
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Kayaking | Tarkio, Montana

July 28, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Known for its towering purple cliffs, abundant wildlife, warm water, and friendly rapids, the Clark Fork River is one of the best places to learn how to kayak in the world. Tarkio River Lodge has a firm place in the history of First Descents and the kayaking community. There is…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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