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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 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

October 17, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Grab your hiking boots and join us for an awesome overnight backpacking program in Portola Redwoods State Park! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to pack a bag, set up a stellar camp and cook under the stars! The hike will be 6 miles total with 1,000 feet…

Eligibility: Open to the San Francisco Trib- Oncology Only
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Rock Climbing | Ozarks, AR-FDRock

November 2, 2020 - November 7, 2020

Experience the hidden gem of southeastern climbing in the Ozark Mountains! You'll be staying at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, a 350-acre dude ranch that holds some of the nation's finest sandstone rock and is home to 300+ rock climbing routes. There's something for everyone in the ruggedly beautiful Ozarks! Our FDrock…

Eligibility: Open to new participants.
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Local Adventure | Austin, TX

November 7, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Join us for an epic program bike-packing in Lost Maples State Natural Area! This will be awesome opportunity to put the skills you learned in the single day workshop to the test, and put the pedal to the pavement!  Get ready to soak in those fall colors on two wheels…

Eligibility: Open to the Austin Trib- Oncology Only
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Global Adventure | Thailand

November 12, 2020 - November 24, 2020

We’re heading back to Thailand for almost two weeks of Out Living It adventures! Experience rock climbing in Northern Thailand, caving and rappelling into pitch black darkness, and a two-day trek to the summit of Doi Luang. We will top off these incredible experiences with a home stay in the…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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