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This holiday season, our goal is to raise $125,000 to fund transformative adventures for 50 young adults in the year ahead.



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REI Outdoor School Provides First Descents Local Adventures

Out Living It with REI Outdoor School

Beginning this summer, First Descents will partner with REI Outdoor School to provide free outdoor adventures, skills development, and peer support to young adults impacted by cancer. REI Outdoor School will facilitate the following programs to support Local Adventure Communities in San Diego, DC, and Portland:

Sunset Kayaking Tour of DC Monuments: Columbia Island Marina

D.C. / Baltimore Local Adventure Community

May 12, 2018 | Single Day Program

Test the sea-kayaking waters by joining FD and REI on a sunset kayaking tour for participants of all-levels.  You’ll spend the evening touring some of America’s most historic monuments, all from the perspective of a paddler.  It’s sure to be an urban adventure like none other.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Horsethief Butte (Columbia Hills State Park)

Portland Local Adventure Community

June 6, 2018 | | Single Day Program 

Join REI & First Descents for a single day of rock climbing in the beautiful Columbia Hills State Park region.  You’ll spend the day out living it with fellow young adults impacted by cancer, and harnessing your rock climbing skills with the help of REI guides.  No experience with rock climbing necessary.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Overnight Backpacking Adventure: Jeremy’s Run

D.C. / Baltimore Local Adventure Community

June 9-10, 2018 | Multi-Day

Join REI Outdoor School and First Descents for a local backpacking adventure at Jeremy’s Run.  On this overnight experience, participants will step away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the healing power of wild places, developing their outdoor skills, and connecting with other young adults impacted by cancer.

Submit an inquiry for this program here.

Kayak Tour: Point Loma

San Diego Local Adventure Community

July 14, 2018 | Single Day Program

Hit the waves in the beautiful Point Loma region of San Diego.  The day will be spent paddling along the epic coastline and seeing your local city from a new perspective.  This single day outing is perfect for all kayakers, both new and veteran.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Lake Vancouver

Portland Local Adventure Community

July 21, 2018 | Single Day Program

See what’SUP with the new FD & REI Outdoor School adventure programs by joining us for a full day of paddling with the FD family.  The panoramic views of Lake Vancouver and the expert instruction from REI professionals will make this a spectacular single day adventure.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Hiking and Rock Climbing: Mission Trails

San Diego Local Adventure Community

September 8-9, 2018 | Multi-day

There’s no better way to finish off the summer than spending a weekend climbing and hiking with REI and the FD family.  REI guides will assist as you hone your skills and deepen your knowledge of the outdoors.  Your FD community will be there to bring the snacks, spirit and support.

Submit an inquiry for this program here.

Techniques and Movement Outdoor Climbing Course: Great Falls

D.C. / Baltimore Local Adventure Community

October 20, 2018 | Single Day Program

Join REI & First Descents for a single day of climbing in Great Falls.  You’ll spend the day learning technical climbing skills from world-class guides and connecting with other local young adults impacted by cancer.  Note: this program is an El Cap(stone) climbing course, so local folks must have participated in 4 of the 7 indoor climbing meet-ups to be eligible to attend.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

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