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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 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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Surfing | Outer Banks, North Carolina

April 28, 2019 - May 18, 2019

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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Global Adventure | Croatia

May 1, 2019 - May 11, 2019

If your Mediterranean fantasies feature sunny days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality. Join First Descents on an epic adventure that offers a unique combination of all the things we love! Breathtaking natural beauty, adventure, sea kayaking…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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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 | 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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Kayaking | Hood River, OR

June 1, 2019 - July 6, 2019

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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Rock Climbing | Cascade Mountains, Washington

June 2, 2019 - June 15, 2019

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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