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Week-Long Programs

Our free program for first-timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer and other serious health conditions after the age of 15.

Week-Long Programs

Local Communities

Local adventure communities (FDTribs) provide provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

Local Adventure Communities

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a week-long (FD1) program.

International Programs

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Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.


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Global Adventure | Main Salmon, Idaho

September 4, 2020 - September 10, 2020

We're hitting the Main Salmon River! Join us for an unforgettable 6-Day river trip through the heart of the Idaho wilderness with one of our favorite outfitters, Canyons River Company. The FDX Main Salmon trip will be a multi-craft whitewater experience including SUPs, Kayaks, and Rafts. Participants will choose their…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs and +1s
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Local Adventure | Portland, OR

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

We're teaming up with Oregon Surfing Adventures and their certified instructors to guarantee you an epic weekend of surfing the Oregon Coast in Manzanita! Join the Portland Tributary and grab a board for two days of waves, beautiful beaches, and spending time with the FD Tribe. Whether it’s your first…

Eligibility: Open to the Portland Trib- Oncology Only
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Local Adventure | D.C.-Baltimore, MD

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Hey there DC/Baltimore Trib! What better way to end the summer season than a rock climbing program in Seneca Rocks, WV! This will be a great program for beginners looking to give outdoor rock climbing a try, and all those returning climbers who are looking to build on their fitness…

Eligibility: Open to the DC-Baltimore Trib- Oncology
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Grab your pack and get out of town for the weekend! Join the NYC Trib for a weekend of backpacking in the gorgeous Catskills Mountains. Be IN the elements while getting to know people in your NYC Trib! You'll be hiking on pristine trails, eating insanely delicious food, and sleeping under…

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Trib- Oncology Only
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MS | Ozarks, AR

September 14, 2020 - September 19, 2020

Experience the hidden gem of southeastern climbing in the Ozark Mountains! You'll be staying at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, a 350-acre dude ranch that holds some of the nation's finest sandstone rock and is home to 300+ rock climbing routes. There's something for everyone in the ruggedly beautiful Ozarks! There will…

Eligibility: Open to Young Adults Living with MS
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Local Adventure | Denver, CO

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Climb on with the Denver Local Adventure Community! Our multi-day rock climbing program with CMS is back this year! Join us for a weekend of climbing, amazing food, and adventure, as we head up to the infamous climbs in Boulder Canyon. Cap off your summer with some beautiful climbs and incredible…

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Trib- Oncology
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