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FD Tributaries | Local Adventure Communities

Keeping with the theme of rivers, FD has dubbed our local chapters Tributaries. First Descents Tributaries offer local adventures and community support for young adults impacted by cancer.

Currently, we offer local programming in 16 cities across the country ranging from single day rock climbing outings to multi-day river trips, backpacking adventures, and more. As FDtribs are intended to connect our growing alumni base and young adults impacted by cancer in the places they call home, these experiences are open to anyone living within a three hour drive of the city.

Not a Trib in your area? Contact the Tribs team and we’ll brainstorm ways to connect you with your local FD crew!

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Local Adventure | New York City, NY- Monthly Meetups

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NYC community! Join us for these monthly meetup adventures in 2019! This is a great opportunity to check-in with your Trib members and enjoy mini-adventures together! Sign up to be a part of the NYC Trib in order to get email updates with all the details. And stay tuned because we’ll be putting on these meetups through November! March 30- Yoga class at Integral Yoga Institute! Zen out with your NYC tribe! April 20- Biking Central Park! Get those wheels rolling and grab food with your FD community after! May 25- Hiking in Pelham Bay State Park! Take in the fresh air and put those legs to work!

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Pittsburgh, PA

July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Hey Pittsburgh! Let's soak up summer on this rock climbing program in beautiful Ohiopyle State Park! Along the Youghiogheny River, you'll get to enjoy this newer climbing area and learn some sweet techniques from our expert guides. Challenge yourself in this beloved, idyllic spot alongside your local adventure community! In between sending serious serious routes, relax and enjoy getting to know other in your Pittsburgh FD tribe. This will be a weekend to remember so don't miss out!

Eligibility: Open to the Pittsburgh Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Nashville, TN

August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019

Ready for a weekend of soaking up the outdoors in beautiful Chattanooga? Join your Nashville FD community for a kayaking adventure you won't forget! We will be led by the wonderful Outdoor Chattanooga guides down the Tennessee River and arrive at our cozy cabin on the river Saturday night. After an afternoon of hiking the nearby trails, we will chow down on some delicious food, compare stories for the day, and relax. Sunday morning, it's back on the river to continue our journey and work on the skills we've learned! Beautiful rivers, amazing food, and all around great company-- this is a weekend you won't want to miss!

Eligibility: Open to Nashville Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C.- Baltimore, MD

November 9, 2019 - November 11, 2019

Join your local community for the second annual Adventure Workshop! During this program, you will learn how to plan your own adventures, participate in guided meditation, practice yoga and take a city hike! This is a fantastic opportunity to gain the confidence to get Out Living It in your own backyard! Kickstart your passion for personal adventure and connect with like-minded members of your community!  

Eligibility: Open to the D.C./Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Phoenix, AZ

August 10, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Summer is very slowly coming to an end and it's time to gear up for some serious biking! Make sure you know how to take care of your trusty two-wheeler at this enlightening trailside repair clinic put on by REI.  Bring your bike and learn the best ways to keep your ride going strong instead of getting stuck with a flat tire and no know-how! This will be a great precursor to our Mountain Biking in the McDowell Mountains program come November. So join your Phoenix community and expand your bike maintenance knowledge in this all-levels welcome clinic!

Eligibility: Open to Phoenix Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Cleveland, OH

September 7, 2019 - September 7, 2019

Say what's up to your Cleveland community on this awesome SUP program! What better way to spend a Saturday than learning some important tips and feeling zen on a Stand-Up Paddleboard? This program is great for novices and experts alike, with personalized instruction from the outstanding staff at SUP Cleveland. Feel more balanced and go play with your fellow Cleveland adventurers!

Eligibility: Open to the Cleveland Local Adventure Community
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