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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 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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Rock Climbing | Ouray, Colorado

February 2, 2020 - February 8, 2020

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 | Denver, CO

February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

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 the Denver Trib - Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020

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 | 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 | Atlanta, GA

April 10, 2020 - April 12, 2020

What's up Atlanta?! Come kick off the summer season with an amazing weekend whitewater kayaking in Bryson City! Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or new to the sport, this program has a spot for everyone. Spend two days kayaking with the amazing Nantahala Outdoor Center, and kick back in…

Eligibility: Open to Atlanta Local Adventure Community
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