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Our free program (FD1) 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 | Los Angeles, CA

November 16, 2019 - November 17, 2019

Join us for the second annual Ventura to Ojai biking program! 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 REI for an amazing two-day ride with a breezy 15 miles each day! We will…

Eligibility: Open to the LA Adventure Community
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Global Adventure | Patagonia

March 5, 2020 - March 13, 2020

The First Descents family is headed to the turquoise waters and lush green  mountains of Patagonia for 10 days of adventure and community. We're teaming up with the incredible folks at Bio Bio Expeditions for an adrenaline filled program of whitewater rafting class V rapids along the unbelievable Futaleufu River.…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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Global Adventure | Italy

June 18, 2020 - June 27, 2020

This summer, FD will be partnering with our friends at Campo Base to offer a multi-sport adventure that blends the therapeutic benefits of nature, sports, and cultural experiences. Join us on this incredible international adventure and get immersed in Italian culture. We will spend 10 days soaking up mountain vistas…

Eligibility: Open to alumni of FD1 weeklong programs
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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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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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