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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

September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018

We aren't trying to be too bold here, but this weekend is going to be EPIC! Join the San Francisco Local Adventure Community to learn some kayaking basics and get comfortable in the boat before we head down some splashy rapids on Sunday. The weekend will consist of organic, local…

Eligibility: Open to the San Fran Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Chicago, IL

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Calling all Midwesterners! Let's get together for a weekend of biking and yoga in Union Pier, MI! We will hop on our bikes and ride seven miles to Warren Dunes and explore this beautiful part of the country. Weather permitting, we will have a yoga class on the beach to…

Eligibility: Open to the Chicago Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Los Angeles, CA

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Strap on your padded bike shorts and join the Los Angeles Local Adventure Community for the ride of the summer! We'll be pairing up with Ventura Biking Depot for an amazing two day ride from Ventura to Ojai and back! Spend Saturday night in a luxurious lodge in beautiful Ojai…

Eligibility: Open to the LA Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Boston, MA

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Join the Boston Trib for two days of biking through quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds and sandy beaches in beautiful Cape Cod. After a long day of biking, spend the evening relaxing over fresh seafood in an idyllic Cape Cod cottage. Registration will open 9 weeks before the program.

Eligibility: Open to the Boston Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | Asheville, NC

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Join the Charlotte Local Adventure Community for a weekend of rock climbing in Asheville, NC with Fox Mountain Guides. We will spend two days climbing epic routes, enjoying the Smoky Mountain Fall colors and eating amazing food with the Charlotte community. Dont miss out on this beautiful fall weekend adventure!…

Eligibility: Open to the Charlotte Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C. / Baltimore

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Join your local adventure community on an epic ride over the Mile High Bridge. This empowering ride is the perfect way to break out of routine and find some new adventure buddies to get Out Living It with for the rest of the year!

Eligibility: Open to the D.C./Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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