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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 FDTributaries in select cities across the country which offer Single and Multi-Day Programs, as well as Monthly Meetups, as well as a host of events. Programs range from rock climbing outings to multi-day river trips, backpacking adventures, and more. FDTribs are intended to connect our growing community in the places they call home and closer to their point of diagnosis. 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 (e.g. you live in LA but travel to NYC all the time and would rather be part of the NYC Trib), please email [email protected]. Thanks!

Please Note: While FD Tributary communities are welcoming of all eligible participants and alumni, we are not yet offering programs for young adults living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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FDTrib

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

December 7, 2019 - December 7, 2019

Tired of boring ol' beans while camping? Never backpacked or camped before and want to know how to cook awesome food in the wilderness? Join the Phoenix community for a Backcountry Cooking Clinic with the REI Outdoor School. Here you will learn the best stove and fuel options for you, how to keep a space-efficient and sanitary camp and, of course, how to make some insanely tasty meals! Come curious and ready to taste a test meal! You'll quickly learn everything tastes better in the outdoors... Any and all experience level welcome!

Eligibility: Open to Phoenix Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Phoenix, AZ

November 15, 2019 - November 17, 2019

Phoenix FD community, let's get out and enjoy the Fall weather in the majestic McDowell Mountains! This will be an epic mountain biking 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 escapades from the trail and get ready to send it on Sunday. We'll rip around the trails at Brown's Ranch and put our new-found skills to the test! Don't miss this opportunity to hang out with your Phoenix community and experience the thrills of putting those wheels on dirt!

Eligibility: Open to Phoenix Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | San Francisco, CA

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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.
This is sure to be a wonderful day for everyone-- catching party waves on the beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and getting to know your San Francisco community!

Eligibility: Open to the San Fran Local Adventure Community
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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 | 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 the skills you learned at the single day workshop and apply them to the trail! Registration will open 9 weeks before the program.    

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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