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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 | Denver, CO

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

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

September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Join us for an incredible journey through some of the most historic trails in the US!  For two days of mountainous bliss, you can backpack your way through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire with fellow local adventurers in the FD Boston community. Beginners are more than welcome. It's sure to be epic! Registration will be emailed to the Boston Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to spread the FD love, this program is only o...

Eligibility: Open to Boston Trib- Oncology
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MS | Shawangunk Mountains

October 9, 2020 - October 11, 2020

Just two hours north of NYC lies the Gunks, home to some of the world’s most renowned climbs in the Northeast. Spend the weekend with Alpine Endeavors, climbing high above the tree line to take in the incredible fall colors and relaxing at the lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to get the outdoor climbing skills you've always dreamed of in the iconic Gunks! Registration for young adults impacted by Multiple Sclero...

Eligibility: Open to Regional Young Adults Living with MS
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

October 17, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Grab your hiking boots and join us for an awesome overnight backpacking program in Portola Redwoods State Park! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to pack a bag, set up a stellar camp and cook under the stars! The hike will be 6 miles total with 1,000 feet of elevation gain, just enough to challenge yourself but still be able to tell your best story to some new trail friends. Connect with your SF community and get ready for true adventure! Registratio...

Eligibility: Open to the San Francisco Trib- Oncology Only
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Surfing | San Diego, CA

November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Cool off and catch some waves along the pristine Carlsbad coastline with First Descents. The warm water, SoCal sun, and rad local FD San Diego adventurers are sure to make this weekend a beaut! Registration will be emailed to the San Diego Trib 10 weeks prior to the program. In an effort to spread the FD love, this program is only open to folks who have attended fewer than 2 Multi-Day programs with us previously.

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

November 7, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Join us for an epic program bike-packing in Lost Maples State Natural Area! This will be awesome opportunity to put the skills you learned in the single day workshop to the test, and put the pedal to the pavement!  Get ready to soak in those fall colors on two wheels powered by YOU, Austin! This will be an overnight program with the requirement of meeting Friday night to get outfitted before the program officially begins.

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib- Oncology Only
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