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Multi-Day Adventure Programs

Due to the pandemic, FD is only offering Multi-Day programs at this time. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding Week-Long Programming. 

“First Descents provided me with the foundation to break down the physical and emotional walls that cancer has been building in me. This experience was a catalyst, and just the kind of life changing force I needed.” -First Descents Participant

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures and community support for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions, as well as frontline healthcare workers. Our goal is to get you Out Living It on a program that works for you as soon as possible. From rock climbing in the Adirondacks to whitewater kayaking the Rogue River in Oregon, there is an adventure for everyone. Our adventure programs are fully adaptive and completely free of cost. There’s no better way to start Out Living It with your new First Descents community!

Ready to join us on an adventure? Check out our upcoming programs below and then Apply Today!

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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | New Paltz, NY – Healthcare Workers

July 27, 2021 - September 15, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs and beautiful scenery with the First Descents community. Downtime will…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Baraboo, WI – Healthcare Workers

August 24, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the amazing and funky Willowood Inn! This includes…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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Oncology

Rock Climbing | Baraboo, WI – Oncology

September 7, 2021 - September 15, 2021

Connect with your First Descents Family as you learn new rock climbing skills with the trusted Devils Lake Climbing Guides! On this three-day two-night adventure, you'll explore the beautiful Devils Lake State Park with your First Descents Community. Downtime will be spent at the amazing and funky Willowood Inn! This…

Eligibility: Any Oncology Applicant Nationwide
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Caregivers, Oncology

Rock Climbing | Yoga | Wawarsing, NY – Oncology & Oncology Caregivers

September 10, 2021 - October 24, 2021

Ready to get out in nature, stretch your muscles, and connect with your community? Just two hours from New York City, Lundy Farm provides gorgeous lodging for this weekend of soaking in the Shawangunk Mountains! Full of rock climbing, yoga, and hiking, this program will allow you to challenge yourself,…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region - Oncology & Oncology Caregiver
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Oncology

Rock Climbing | Dripping Springs, TX – Oncology

October 4, 2021 - October 6, 2021

Ready for your epic First Descents program in Texas? During this 3-day adventure, you will get to explore a limestone rock climbing jewel just right outside of Austin at Reimers Ranch Park. The expert guides at Rock About Climbing will be instructing folks on the basics of climbing and challenging…

Eligibility: Any Oncology Applicant Nationwide
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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Surfing | Santa Barbara, CA – Healthcare Workers

October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a trip filled with fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Santa Barbara for stunning coastal kayaking and epic surfing. Never, tried surfing or kayaking before? This is the perfect introduction with our trusted guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company! You'll get to enjoy…

Eligibility: Any Healthcare Worker Applicant Nationwide
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