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FD Tributaries | Local Adventure Communities

Keeping with the theme of rivers, FD has dubbed our local adventure communities  “Tributaries” or “FDTribs” for short. FDTribs offer programs, events, and peer to peer community support for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. FDTribs are intended to connect our growing community in the places they call home and closer to their point of diagnosis.

Currently, we have 18 FDTribs in select cities across the country that offer Single and Multi-Day Programs, Monthly Meetups, and a host of events. Programs range from day-long rock climbing outings to multi-day river trips, backpacking adventures, and more. We ask that folks please only join one FDTrib to ensure we are making space for everyone. If you’d like to change your FDTrib please email [email protected]

First Descents is looking for Monthly Leads to serve as local leaders in their community! The Monthly Lead will be responsible for planning and leading Monthly Meetups for their specific FDTrib community and inspiring others to embrace an Out Living It lifestyle of their own. Learn more about becoming a Monthly Lead.

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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 you won't forget! Registration will be emailed to the LA Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to spread the FD love, this program is only open to folks who have previ...

Eligibility: Open to the Los Angeles Trib- Oncology
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Local Adventure | Phoenix, AZ

March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Phoenix FD community, let's get out and enjoy the Spring weather in the majestic McDowell Mountains! This time, it will be a rock climbing program for beginners and intermediates alike. Take Saturday to learn some new tips and tricks with our expert REI guides and then unwind at a beautiful desert home nearby. Eat, relax, regale tales of your sweet attempts on the wall and get ready to send it on Sunday. We'll go back to the routes near Tom's Thumb and put our new-found skills to the test! Do...

Eligibility: Open to the Phoenix Trib - Oncology
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

March 14, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Join us for an EPIC day mountain biking in Wilder Ranch State Park! You'll get to explore beautiful cliff-side trails with incredible views of the ocean all while hanging out with your local San Francisco community! After learning some great tips from REI Instructors, you'll hit the trails and enjoy the sunshine with your FD crew. Don't worry, you'll have time after the program to share stories over coffee and pastries! Registration will be emailed to the San Fran Trib 10 weeks prior to the p...

Eligibility: Open to the San Francisco Trib
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Local Adventure | Orlando, FL

March 20, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Glide through the beautiful blackwaters of the Little Econlockhatchee River with the local guides at BK Adventures and your Orlando Trib friends! We will spend Saturday on the river, checking out the unique vegetation and all kinds of water creatures! Return at night to our cozy house where you'll enjoy campfires and good food with your community. On Sunday, we'll be guided in a healing session of yoga! This is a whole new side of Florida to explore! Don't miss out on this opportunity to get ...

Eligibility: Open to the Orlando Trib - Oncology
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

March 28, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Just 8 minutes from downtown, Barton Creek Greenbelt offers some of the best climbing walls to learn on in Texas! Spend some time connecting with your local Austin friends while learning to build trust, perfect technique, and hone your skills on the wall.  Never climbed before? No worries! We will have routes for all levels and our outfitters will work to find the perfect climb for you! Registration will be emailed to the Austin Trib 5 weeks prior to the progr...

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

April 17, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Hey there San Francisco community! Come join First Descents for a lovely fall day of surfing, sun, and beach games! Get expert surf instruction for a few hours, while also getting to relax and hang out with your fellow trib members playing games and cheering on one another in the waves.
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Eligibility: Open to the San Francisco Trib

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