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

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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 | Seattle, WA

May 3, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Hey there Seattle! Climbing in the Cascades is back! We will be heading to Leavenworth, WA for a weekend of rock climbing, family dinners, and all around good times. The climbing is perfect for all levels, and is the ideal spot to find your next local climbing partner!  

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle local adventure community
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

May 4, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Ready to spice up your backcountry meals? Never backpacked before and curious to see how to still eat good food in the wilderness? Join the NYC 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…

Eligibility: Open to the NYC Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Anchorage, AK

May 10, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Start summer off right with this insanely beautiful sea kayaking trip on the Prince William Sound! Hang out with your Anchorage community while exploring hidden coves, waterfalls, and glaciers from your kayak. Then spend the night at the beautiful lodge in Girdwood and stretch those muscles during yoga on Sunday. It…

Eligibility: Open to Anchorage 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…

Eligibility: Open to the DC-Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Bentonville, AR

May 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Bentonville! Are you ready to work those biceps at this single day climbing program? Hang out at your local gym, Climb Bentonville, and get all the tips from their experienced staff.  Whether you're totally new to climbing or a veteran looking for a challenge, this program is right for you!…

Eligibility: Open to the Bentonville 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…

Eligibility: Open to the Pittsburgh Local Adventure Community
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