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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!

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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Rafting | Pacific Northwest Region, HCW

June 4, 2021 - June 14, 2021

Connect with fellow healthcare workers while you learn new whitewater skills with the trusted guides at Wet Planet! On this weekend adventure, you'll explore the beautiful White Salmon River by raft one day and kayak down the Klickitat the next. Downtime will be spent at the beautiful Society Hotel! This…

Eligibility: Open to Pacific Northwest Region - Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Mountain West Region, HCW

June 22, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Join your fellow healthcare workers for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs with your First Descents community.…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Healthcare Workers
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Oncology

Rock Climbing | Mountain West Region, Oncology

July 20, 2021 - July 28, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a weekend of fun, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs. Downtime will be spent at…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Oncology
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Multiple Sclerosis

Rock Climbing | Mountain West Region, MS

July 20, 2021 - July 25, 2021

Join your First Descents community for a weekend of adventure, connection, and challenge as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs. Downtime will be spent at…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Multiple Sclerosis
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Oncology

Rock Climbing | Northeast Region, Oncology

July 24, 2021 - August 11, 2021

Spend three days Out Living It with your First Descents Family at Minnewaska State Park for some rock climbing with the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors! You'll get to enjoy two days of iconic climbs, beautiful scenery, and lots of adventure. Downtime will be spent at the beautiful Minnewaska Lodge!…

Eligibility: Open to Northeast Region- Oncology
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Caregivers

Rock Climbing | Mountain West Region, Caregivers

July 26, 2021 - July 28, 2021

Meet and connect with fellow caregivers on a much-deserved weekend of fun, reflection, and adventure as we head to Rocky Mountain National Park for some rock climbing with our friends at Colorado Mountain School! You'll get to enjoy two days of rock climbing instruction and epic climbs with your First…

Eligibility: Open to Mountain West Region- Caregivers
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