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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 | Atlanta, GA

August 14, 2020 - August 16, 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 the evenings to enjoy some amazing food and time with friends. Registration will be emailed to the Atlanta Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to sprea...

Eligibility: Open to Atlanta Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Seattle, WA

August 15, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Need a break from the city? Come join your FD community for a weekend of kayaking the beautiful San Juan Islands! Ferry over and kayak to Jones Island for a night of camping under the stars before kayaking back the next day. Connect with new and old friends, grill out delicious food, and hone your sea kayaking skills on this incredible two-day adventure! Registration will be emailed to the Seattle Trib 10 weeks prior to th...

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Milwaukee, WI

August 21, 2020 - August 23, 2020

Hey Milwaukee! Ready for an EPIC weekend in Door County? Not only will you be surrounded by the natural beauty up North, but you'll get to see what wonders lay in the clear waters beyond the beaches. Guided by the wonderful DC Adventure Center, you'll explore Cave Point, sea caves, and shipwrecks while paddling next to your FD buds! Then, get back in balance on Sunday with a SUP lesson and tour around Egg Harbor. With unforgettable views, new paddling skills, and great food, this will be a we...

Eligibility: Open to the Milwaukee Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Portland, OR

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Eligibility: Open to the Portland Trib- Oncology Only

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Local Adventure | D.C.-Baltimore, MD

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Hey there DC/Baltimore Trib! What better way to end the summer season than a rock climbing program in Seneca Rocks, WV! This will be a great program for beginners looking to give outdoor rock climbing a try, and all those returning climbers who are looking to build on their fitness they've been working on all season. The end of summer has never felt more exciting!

Registration will be emailed to the DC/Baltimore Trib 10 weeks prior to the program.
In an effort to s...

Eligibility: Open to the DC-Baltimore Trib- Oncology


Local Adventure | New York City, NY

September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Grab your pack and get out of town for the weekend! Join the NYC Trib for a weekend of backpacking in the gorgeous Catskills Mountains. Be IN the elements while getting to know people in your NYC Trib! You'll be hiking on pristine trails, eating insanely delicious food, and sleeping under the stars.  What better way to keep summer rolling and enjoy some fresh mountain air? Registration will be emailed to the NYC Trib 10 weeks prior to the pro...

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Trib- Oncology Only

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