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We’ll meet you where you’re at. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Our goal is to get you on a free program that works for you, as soon as possible. This could include destination-based programs or adventures closer to home.

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Eligibility Requirements

Before we get started, let’s make sure you’re eligible. First Descents provides outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer and other serious medical conditions.

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General Contact Info

Let's start with some basic info! We're all about community building and connecting fellow young adult survivors locally. We'll take this info and hook you up with an FDTrib, a local adventure community near you, so you can learn more about programs in your area.

Let’s start with some basic info so we can find the program that works best for you!

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Have you attended a First Descents Weeklong or MS program in the past?
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Medical Information

Tell us about your cancer journey. Whether you're in the midst of treatment or a decade out, our programs are available to all young adults impacted by cancer.

Medical Details
At which hospitals or cancer centers were/are you treated?

Please note that these following questions are intended to provide us a starting point on our safety plans and will not automatically disqualify you from this event. For more information, please visit the First Descents Medical Info.

Have you ever had a seizure?
Are you currently on blood thinners?
Do you have any mobility issues, balance issues, or activity restrictions?
Do you have any issues with muscle control?
Do you have any issues with fatigue or heat exhaustion?
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Start Planning Your Trip

We’re so glad you’ve taken your first steps to joining us on a trip! If you’re excited to learn more about the programs we offer, we have a lot of resources available for you.

We’re so glad you’ve taken your first steps to joining us on a program! First Descents is still expanding our programming for young adults living with MS so spots are limited. We appreciate your patience as we grow programs to reach more young adults with MS.

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Programs Near You

Based on the address you provided, there are no official FD Tribs near you. We are constantly striving to grow our local adventure communities to better serve the young adult cancer community. Check out the list of upcoming pilot Trib programs to see if there is one near you!

Explore Local Adventures & Events

Northeast Region, Oncology & Caregivers

Rock Climbing | Yoga
Sep 10, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

Ready to get out in nature, stretch your muscles, and connect with your community? Just two hours from New York…

California Region, MS

Kayaking | Surfing
Oct 23, 2021 - Nov 7, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara…

California Region, Caregivers

Kayaking | Surfing
Nov 8, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara…

California Region, Oncology

Kayaking | Surfing
Oct 23, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara…

California Region, HCW

Kayaking | Surfing
Oct 20, 2021 - Oct 22, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for…

Mountain West Region, MS

Rock Climbing
Jul 20, 2021 - Jul 25, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National…

Mountain West Region, HCW

Rock Climbing
Jun 22, 2021 - Jun 27, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National…

Mountain West Region, Caregivers

Rock Climbing
Jul 26, 2021 - Jul 28, 2021

Meet and connect with fellow caregivers on a much-deserved weekend of fun, reflection, and adventure as we head to Rocky…

Mountain West Region, Oncology

Rock Climbing
Jul 20, 2021 - Jul 28, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National…

Northeast Region, HCW

Rock Climbing
Jul 27, 2021 - Sep 15, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Minnewaska State Park…

Northeast Region, Caregiver

Rock Climbing
Oct 25, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021

Gather for a three-day program with fellow caregivers to connect, reflect, and adventure at Minnewaska State Park for some rock…

Northeast Region, Oncology

Rock Climbing
Jul 24, 2021 - Aug 11, 2021

Spend three days Out Living It with your First Descents Family at Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with…

Northeast Region, MS

Rock Climbing
Aug 6, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021

Spend three days Out Living It with your First Descents Family at Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with…

Midwest Region, MS

Rock Climbing
Sep 17, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021

Connect with your First Descents Family as you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides!…

Midwest Region, HCW

Rock Climbing
Aug 24, 2021 - Sep 22, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On…

Midwest Region, Oncology

Rock Climbing
Sep 7, 2021 - Sep 15, 2021

Connect with your First Descents Family as you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides!…

Pacific Northwest Region, HCW

Kayaking | Rafting
Jun 4, 2021 - Jun 14, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new whitewater skills with the trusted guides at Wet Planet! On this…

Hood River, Oregon

Kayaking | Rafting

Note: This is a self-facilitated adventure, not an official FD Program. Spend a long weekend learning to kayak or building…

Mountain Bike, Dallas

Mountain Biking

Note: This is a self-facilitated adventure, not an official FD Program. Are you a casual cyclist looking to get into…

Daytona Beach, Florida

Surfing

Note: This is a self-facilitated adventure, not an official FD Program. Get ready to get sandy and salty spending a…

Boundary Waters, Minnesota

Canoeing

Note: This is a self-facilitated adventure, not an official FD Program. Are you ready to embark on a remote canoe…

Tarkio, Montana

Kayaking | Rafting

Note: This is a self-facilitated adventure, not an official FD Program. Spend the week in the heart of a true…

Sequoia National Park, California

Backpacking

Get unplugged during a beautiful weekend backpacking in Sequoia National Park. You'll explore the world's biggest trees and the expanse…

Moab, Utah

Mountain Biking

Head to the heart of the desert for a weekend of endless singletrack and slickrock. In addition to some of…

Adirondacks, New York

Rock Climbing

Spend the weekend in Cascade Lakes nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks with your closest friends for some much-needed connection, fresh…

Reno, NV- Monthly Meetups

Reno community! Join us for these monthly meetup adventures in 2020! This is a great opportunity to check-in with your…

Kansas City, MO- Monthly Meetups

Kansas City community! Join us for these monthly meetup adventures in 2020! This is a great opportunity to check-in with…

Mountain West Region, HCW

Kayaking
Jun 21, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021

The Blackfoot River winds its way through the heart of western Montana. The Blackfoot provides some of the best stretches…

Southeast Region, Oncology

Kayaking
Aug 20, 2021 - Sep 19, 2021

Take advantage of the summer sun and join us for an incredible few days of whitewater kayaking in Bryson City,…

Southeast Region, HCW

Kayaking
Jun 8, 2021 - Sep 22, 2021

Come out and connect with fellow healthcare workers during an incredible few days of whitewater kayaking in Bryson City, NC!…

Our Programs

Multi-Day Programs

Multi-Day and Week-Long Programs are available to frontline healthcare workers and young adults ages 18-39 diagnosed with cancer or multiple sclerosis after the age of 15.

Community Adventures

Part of the Out Living It Project, Community Adventures are adventure experiences created and facilitated by FD alumni and members of the FD community.

International Programs

International adventure programs (FDX) are open to all alumni that have attended a weeklong program.