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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.

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.

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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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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Local Adventure | Vail, CO

February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019

The Denver community is heading to the Vail Valley for an epic weekend of ice climbing and winter fun with your Colorado community. Sign up to join First Descents and experience an incredible program packed full of all our favorite things... amazing adventure, dance parties, family dinners, and hot cocoa!…

Eligibility: Open to Members of the Denver Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

February 22, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Craving a winter adventure? Join us for a weekend of ice climbing in the Catskills Mountains while enjoying cozy lodging by Saugerties. We will scale up frozen waterfalls with ice tools and crampons. This is bound to be an adventure you never forget! Beginners welcome!

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Local Adventure Community
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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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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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