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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.

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.

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 | Boston, MA

June 7, 2019 - June 9, 2019

FDtribs Boston is heading to Portland, Maine for a weekend of sea kayaking! Join your local adventure community for an epic overnight kayaking trip to Richmond Island, ME where we will be paddling around beautiful islands and camping under the stars. Never tried sea kayaking? No problem! This program is open…

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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Rock Climbing | Adirondacks, New York

June 16, 2019 - June 29, 2019

  The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States, and the incredible rolling northeastern landscape simply can’t be beat.  On this program, you’ll ascend some of the best climbing pitches in the Northeast, and triumphantly soak in the expansive beauty of the ‘daks! There will be two separate…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Milwaukee, WI

June 21, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Kick off the Spring by Out Living It with your Milwaukee Tributary over two days of rock climbing in Devil's Lake State Park! New to climbing? No problem! We will start with the basics and progress in technique and difficulty during our time together. Anyone that is a part of…

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

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Come join the Denver Trib for an incredible whitewater kayaking program in Buena Vista, CO from June 28th-30th. We will be staying at a cozy home right in the heart of Buena Vista and kayaking with Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) for two days to build new skills and apply…

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Local Adventure Community
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Kayaking | Rogue River, Oregon

July 14, 2019 - August 10, 2019

The Rogue River starts its journey at Crater Lake and winds its way through 215 miles of Oregonian wilderness. The warm water, friendly rapids, and lush scenery make it the perfect kayaking playland for both beginners and experts alike. The Rogue is the perfect place to paddle your first strokes!…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Kayaking | Tarkio, Montana

July 28, 2019 - August 24, 2019

Known for its towering purple cliffs, abundant wildlife, warm water, and friendly rapids, the Clark Fork River is one of the best places to learn how to kayak in the world. Tarkio River Lodge has a firm place in the history of First Descents and the kayaking community. There is…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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