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Week Long Programs

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

Local Communities

Local adventure communities (FDtribs) provide weekend outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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 | San Francisco, CA

August 16, 2018 - August 19, 2018

The historic Donner Pass is set in a landscape of serene alpine lakes and granite domes. The San Francisco local adventure community will spend this multi-day adventure exploring the Truckee region, climbing crags and splashing in Donner Lake and the gorgeous Truckee River.

Eligibility: Open to the San Fran Local Adventure Community
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Kayaking | Jackson Hole, Wyoming

August 25, 2018 - September 8, 2018

Tucked against the awe-inspiring Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole is one of the country’s top adventure destinations. The sheer beauty of the area offers the perfect backdrop for learning to paddle on the Snake and Hoback Rivers. There will be two separate weeks of Jackson Whitewater Kayaking programs in 2018. Week 1:…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Houston, TX

September 7, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Join First Descents for a weekend of kayaking adventures in Port Aransas, TX! This regional program is open to the Houston First Descents community and all surrounding areas. You'll spend two days with your FD family kayaking the coast, enjoying Gulf of Mexico beaches, embracing your inner yogi at an…

Eligibility: Open to Regional Local Adventure Communities
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Local Adventure | Portland, OR

September 7, 2018 - September 9, 2018

We're teaming up with Oregon Surfing Adventures and their certified instructors to guarantee you an epic weekend of surfing the Oregon Coast. Join the Portland Local Adventure Community and grab your 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 adventure community
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Local Adventure | San Diego, CA

September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Join the San Diego Local Adventure Community for a weekend of camping, hiking and rock climbing in Mission Trails with REI Outdoor School. Enjoy a sunset hike through the rolling hills before cooking dinner under the stars and relaxing around a campfire. On Sunday, test your climbing skills at a…

Eligibility: Open to the San Diego Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Denver, CO

September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Climb on with the Denver Local Adventure Community! We are heading to Estes Park for a weekend of epic rock climbing, mountain views, and community! Cap off your summer with some beautiful climbs and incredible views right in your own backyard. You won't want to miss a weekend filled with…

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Local Adventure Community
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