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Our free program for first-timers available to young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer and other serious health conditions 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 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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Kayaking | Rogue River, Oregon

July 26, 2020 - August 22, 2020

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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Rock Climbing | Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Our beautiful home base at Overlook Ranch will offer spectacular views and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, home to some of Colorado’s most renowned climbing.  With sunny weather and panoramic views of 14,000 foot peaks, Estes Park is a heavenly adventure spot. There will be two separate weeks of…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Seattle, WA

August 15, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Need a break from the city? Come join your FD community for a weekend of kayaking the beautiful San Juan Islands! Ferry over and kayak to Jones Island for a night of camping under the stars before kayaking back the next day. Connect with new and old friends, grill out…

Eligibility: Open to the Seattle Trib- Oncology Only
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Global Adventure | Main Salmon, Idaho

September 4, 2020 - September 10, 2020

We're hitting the Main Salmon River! Join us for an unforgettable 6-Day river trip through the heart of the Idaho wilderness with one of our favorite outfitters, Canyons River Company. The FDX Main Salmon trip will be a multi-craft whitewater experience including SUPs, Kayaks, and Rafts. Participants will choose their…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs and +1s
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Local Adventure | D.C.-Baltimore, MD

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

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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Local Adventure | Denver, CO

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Climb on with the Denver Local Adventure Community! Our multi-day rock climbing program with CMS is back this year! Join us for a weekend of climbing, amazing food, and adventure, as we head up to the infamous climbs in Boulder Canyon. Cap off your summer with some beautiful climbs and incredible…

Eligibility: Open to the Denver Trib- Oncology
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