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Week Long Programs

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.

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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Local Adventure | Los Angeles, CA

July 28, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Get together with your LA Trib for an REI Clinic where you'll learn to fix a flat tire! This is an essential skill for any person who wants to put the pedal to the pavement (or trail). Connect with your community and never fear the wrath of sharp objects again!…

Eligibility: Open to the LA Adventure Community
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Rock Climbing | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

July 28, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Our beautiful home base at Overlook Ranch will offer spectacular views and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, home to some of Colorado’s most renowned climbing.  With sunny weather and panoramic views of 14,000 foot peaks, Estes Park is a heavenly adventure spot. There will be four separate weeks of…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Philadelphia, PA

August 2, 2019 - August 4, 2019

We are taking it back to the Ponocos! Join us for a two-day Kayaking experience down the Jim Thorpe River. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with your local community in the forested peaks of Pennsylvania. Never kayaked before? No problem. You'll be a master of the rapids by the end of…

Eligibility: Open to the Philadelphia Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Seattle, WA

August 10, 2019 - August 11, 2019

Need a break from the city? Come join your FD community for a weekend of kayaking the beautiful San Juan Islands! Ferry over and kayak to Jones Island for a night of camping under the stars before kayaking back the next day. Connect with new and old friends, grill out…

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Phoenix, AZ

August 10, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Summer is very slowly coming to an end and it's time to gear up for some serious biking! Make sure you know how to take care of your trusty two-wheeler at this enlightening trailside repair clinic put on by REI.  Bring your bike and learn the best ways to keep…

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

August 16, 2019 - August 18, 2019

Hey there SF Tributary! We are headed back for the second year in a row to Donner Pass, where we will spend two days rock climbing, eating amazing food, and enjoying the community of your San Francisco Tributary. Build skills and challenge yourself in this serene and historic landscape of…

Eligibility: Open to the San Fran Local Adventure Community
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