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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 | Boston, MA

September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019

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. It's sure to be epic! If you've taken our single day of 'How to Pack a Backpack', this is the perfect time to use those sweet skills to use! If not, beginners are more than welcome.

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

October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

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 Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C.-Baltimore, MD

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Hey there DC/Baltimore Trib! What better way to kick off the spring season than a rock climbing program in Seneca Rocks, WV May 17th - 19th! This will be a great program for beginners looking to give outdoor rock climbing a try, and all those retuning climbers who are looking to dust off the cobwebs after a long winter of indoor climbing. Yay Spring!

Eligibility: Open to the DC-Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Denver, CO

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Come join the Denver Trib for an incredible whitewater kayaking program in Buena Vista, CO from June 28th-30th. We will be staying at a cozy home right in the heart of Buena Vista and kayaking with Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) for two days to build new skills and apply them on the river. There's no better way to kick off the summer than Out Living It with your FD Denver Trib!

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

February 22, 2019 - February 24, 2019

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 | Vail, CO

February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019

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! This program is open to young adults impacted by cancer who live in the Denver, Colorado region.

Eligibility: Open to Members of the Denver Local Adventure Community
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