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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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Local Adventure | Milwaukee, WI

July 26, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Hey Milwaukee! Ready for an EPIC weekend on the river? This whitewater kayaking program will teach you essential river skills and be an overall BLAST! Practice and learn new skills on the Peshtigo River on Saturday with the wonderful Peshtigo River Outdoor Learning Center. Then kickback that night, relaxing and refueling right on the river in cozy cabins. Then Sunday, we'll head to Red River for some serious cruising to put our skills to the test! You won't want to miss this amazing program to work on kayaking skills and get to know your Milwaukee FD community!

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

September 7, 2019 - September 7, 2019

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 | Seattle, WA

June 22, 2019 - June 22, 2019

Hey there Seattle Tributary! Looking for an awesome way to spend a Saturday? Well look no further, we have a single day rafting trip headed out with Whitewater River Guides, for an afternoon filled with lots of paddling and community building. Gather in the morning for a little pre-trip activity, and then carpool down to the put-in for an afternoon of adventure. The clear turquoise of the Skykomish River will astonish you and so will the stellar rapids that our guides will expertly maneuver-- with your help! Don't wait, sign up now before spots fill up!

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Cincinnati, OH

May 19, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Ready to stretch it out in a whole new way? Get together with your Cincinnati FD community for a wonderful Sunday afternoon of aerial yoga with Modo studio.  Learn what a silk hammock is and get into your sling for 75 minutes of bliss! Aerial yoga is beginner friendly and will expand your horizons. All while getting to know new people in your community! So come decompress and enjoy this unique class!

Eligibility: Open to the Cincinnati Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

July 13, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Join your Austin community for the first program of the season! You will learn all the skills needed to change a flat tire and get back on the bike. Never feel stranded on a ride again AND spend some time with your FD Austin buddies! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn this skill and apply it to the multiday bikepacking program later this year!

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Pittsburgh, PA

May 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Hey Pittsburgh! Ever wonder how people stayed on course before GPS? Get all the tricks of the trade on this Backcountry Navigation Clinic with REI! Meet at Frick Park to learn how to use a compass and map to orient yourself on a trail. After learning some key tips, you'll be put to the test on a course around the park all while getting to know your Pittsburgh FD community! Join your Pittsburgh community and leave knowing you'll never get lost in the backcountry again! It will be true trial and error at this awesome clinic with a chance to unwind over some grub after!

Eligibility: Open to the Pittsburgh Local Adventure Community
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