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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 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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Surfing | Outer Banks, North Carolina

May 3, 2020 - May 16, 2020

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is known to be one of the most beautiful vacations spots on the East Coast.  The water is warm, the beaches are golden, and the surf break is consistent. After epic days spent catching waves and stand-up paddle boarding, you’ll kick back in some…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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FDTrib

Local Adventure | Austin, TX

May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Austin community, ready to run the rapids in San Marcos?! Only one hour away, San Marcos serves as a killer place to get comfortable on the water and spend a weekend getting to know people in your local adventure community.  Learn basic skills and get to cruise down the beautiful…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib- Oncology Only
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FD1

Kayaking | Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

May 17, 2020 - May 30, 2020

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents kayaking…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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FDTrib

Local Adventure | Boston, MA

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020

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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FD1

Rock Climbing | Cascade Mountains, Washington

May 31, 2020 - June 13, 2020

Snowy volcano peaks, old growth forests, and glassy alpine lakes make the Cascades one of the most scenic spots in the country. To top it off, this area is one of the most famous climbing destinations in the world! Your home base will be in the Bavarian town of Leavenworth,…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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FD1

Kayaking | Hood River, OR

May 31, 2020 - July 4, 2020

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River is home to lush forests and crystal clear rivers that make it the perfect place to learn how to kayak.  Your home base at Panorama Lodge is a heavenly spot to relax by the fire and soak in…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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