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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.

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Local adventure communities (FDtribs) provide weekend outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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

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Global Adventure | Costa Rica

November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018

OPEN REGISTRATION: Join us this November, alongside our favorite Out Living It Guru - Captain O, to explore, relax, and rejuvenate in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle! This tropical adventure will take you to some of the wildest and most scenic areas of Central America, all thanks to our…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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FDX

Global Adventure | New Zealand

January 27, 2019 - February 4, 2019

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 eyes on the prize! After an incredible FDX adventure across New Zealand last season, First Descents has decided…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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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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FD1

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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FD1

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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FD1

Rock Climbing | Cascade Mountains, Washington

June 1, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Snowy volcano peaks, old growth forests, and glassy alpine lakes make the Cascades one of the most scenic spots in the country. To top it off, this area is one of the most famous climbing destinations in the world! Your home base will be in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth,…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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