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Outdoor Adventure Programs

“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 and caregivers. 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

Kayaking | Smoky Mountains, NC – Healthcare Workers

May 29, 2022 - June 10, 2022

Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some of the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Oncology

Kayaking | Hood River, OR – Oncology

May 29, 2022 - June 10, 2022

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wet Planet Outfitters have been guiding whitewater kayaking programs with us for years. You won't be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of riding a whitewater kayak down glacial runoff pouring off of a 12,000-foot volcano so trust us when…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, age 18 - 45
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Healthcare Workers

Kayaking | Hood River, OR – Healthcare Workers

June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022

Located in the famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Wet Planet Outfitters have been guiding whitewater kayaking programs with us for years. You won’t be able to beat the intoxicating thrill of riding a whitewater kayak down glacial runoff pouring off of a 12,000-foot volcano so trust us when…

Eligibility: Healthcare Worker Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Caregivers

Rock Climbing | Adirondacks, NY – Oncology Caregivers

June 12, 2022 - June 17, 2022

The Adirondack Mountains offer six million acres of classic long climbs, warm swimming holes, and wandering tree-lined trails. Spend a week rock climbing with your First Descents family and the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors at this iconic park! Downtime will be spent at a beautiful local lodge near Lake…

Eligibility: Oncology Caregiver Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Oncology

Kayaking | Missoula, MT – Oncology

June 13, 2022 - July 15, 2022

The Blackfoot River winds its way through the heart of western Montana and provides some of the best stretches of water to learn how to whitewater kayak in the country! Get immersed in the beauty of Big Sky Country and experience the magic of First Descents all while kayaking with…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, ages 18 - 45
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Oncology

Rock Climbing | Adirondacks, NY – Oncology

June 19, 2022 - July 1, 2022

The Adirondack Mountains offer six million acres of classic long climbs, warm swimming holes, and wandering tree-lined trails. Spend a week rock climbing with your First Descents family and the trusted guides at Alpine Endeavors at this iconic park! Downtime will be spent at a beautiful local lodge near Lake…

Eligibility: Oncology Participants, ages 18 - 45, Diagnosed ages 15-39
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