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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 | 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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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! Registration will be emailed to the Denver Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to spread the FD love, this program is only open to fol...

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Trib - Oncology Only
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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 | 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 the evenings to enjoy some amazing food and time with friends.

Eligibility: Open to Atlanta Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Austin community, ready to run the rapids in San Marcos?! Only one hour away, San Marcos serves as a killer place to get comfortable on the water and spend a weekend getting to know people in your local adventure community.  Learn basic skills and get to cruise down the beautiful San Marcos River on Saturday! That night, hang at the campfire and eat delicious food while laughing with your fellow paddlers. Finally, spend Sunday playing around at the Rio Vista Park learning new skills and having ...

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Boston, have you always dreamed of cruising through forests on two wheels? Escape the city to explore the trails of Wompatuck State Park on this amazing MOUNTAIN BIKING program. Get comfortable on the bike and learn new tips and tricks on Saturday because Sunday will be a day of trail ripping! Rest in between at a beautiful home in nearby Hingham and get to know your fellow FD Boston community. Beginners welcome! Just bring your stoke and you'll be set! This is an awesome opportunity to use t...

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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