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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 provide single or multi-day outdoor experiences for first timers as well as FD alumni right in your backyard.

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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 | 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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Local Adventure | Chicago, IL

June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Join us for an EPIC overnight backpacking program! Take the skills you learned at the backpacking basics workshop and apply them to this overnight trip to the Indiana Dunes National Seashore! There will be 9 sandy miles to tackle while you make new connections with people in your Chicago community.…

Eligibility: Open to the Chicago Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | D.C.- Baltimore, MD

June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Grab your hiking boots and join us for an overnight backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park with REI Outdoor School! Never been backpacking before? No problem! This program is perfect for beginners and experienced backpackers alike. Take a dip and cool off in waterfalls and swimming holes along the trail…

Eligibility: Open to the D.C./Baltimore Local Adventure Community
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Local Adventure | New York City, NY

June 15, 2019 - June 15, 2019

NYC Trib! Come enjoy a beautiful spring day on a hike with Discover Outdoors. This is the perfect opportunity to get outside in the beautiful spring weather to enjoy some adventure and community. Discover Outdoors will provide transportation and lunch for the day, so sign up now before spots fill…

Eligibility: Open to the NYC 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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