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Our free program (FD1) for first-timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer and other serious health conditions after the age of 15.

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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.

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International Programs

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

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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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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

October 4, 2019 - October 6, 2019

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…

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

October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019

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 the NYC Trib and Alpine Endeavors, climbing high above the tree line to take in the incredible fall colors. This is the perfect opportunity to…

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

October 12, 2019 - October 14, 2019

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…

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

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Rope up with your Cincinnati First Descents community at the world-renowned Red River Gorge climbing area!  This is the perfect opportunity to Out Live It in this midwestern adventure mecca.  Never climbed before? No worries! This is a great chance to work on your climbing skills outside while kicking back…

Eligibility: Open to the Cincinnati 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…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Orlando, FL

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Join the Orlando Local Adventure Community for 100 miles of challenge, adventure, and stoke! This bike the keys adventure will begin in Key Largo, FL and, after two days of riding, end in gorgeous Key West, FL. This special program will make you feel like a total rockstar and you'll…

Eligibility: Open to the Orlando Local Adventure Community
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