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Week-Long Programs

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.

Week-Long Programs

Local Communities

Local adventure communities (FDTribs) provide provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

Local Adventure Communities

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program.

International Programs

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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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Westport, WA

October 9, 2020 - October 11, 2020

At First Descents, Out Living It means more than just epic adventures, it also means self-care and community. Join us for a surfing and yoga Out Living It weekend program with your fellow healthcare workers. The dedicated folks at Bigfoot Surf will help you catch killer waves at Westhaven State…

Eligibility: Open to Washington Healthcare Workers
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Thailand

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We’re heading back to Thailand for almost two weeks of Out Living It adventures! Experience rock climbing in Northern Thailand, caving and rappelling into pitch black darkness, and a two-day trek to the summit of Doi Luang. We will top off these incredible experiences with a home stay in the…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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Healthcare Workers

New York City, NY

September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Come enjoy a beautiful fall hike with your fellow healthcare workers. We're teaming up with Discover Outdoors guides to bring you on a friendly all-level exploration. Escape the city and get outside while the weather is still warm enough to enjoy some adventure and connection with your peers. Since we…

Eligibility: Open to New York Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

New York City, NY

October 24, 2020 - October 24, 2020

Head out of the city for a day filled with awesome people, beautiful hiking, and some mindfulness practice. Our friends at Adventure Untamed will guide us on this glorious four-mile hike with spectacular viewpoints in Black Rock Forest. Whether you’re a beginner or an avid hiker, this program has something…

Eligibility: Open to New York Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Berkshires, MA

October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Take some time to connect with nature alongside fellow healthcare workers on this invigorating HERO RECHARGE program with First Descents! Take a break, enjoy some water time, and spend the weekend rafting and relaxing in the Berkshires. Zoar Outdoor will be hosting us for a rafting adventure in the beautiful…

Eligibility: Open to Massachusetts Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Watervliet, MI

October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Connect with fellow healthcare workers on this renewing HERO RECHARGE program with First Descents! Spend the weekend hiking in wild places and taking part in rejuvenating yoga classes from your home base at the Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center. This program has a little of everything to help you take a…

Eligibility: Open to Michigan Healthcare Workers
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