Extreme healing

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Extreme healing

Young patients benefit from outdoor adventure
Program director Jordan Forney rappels from Morning Glory Arch in the Moab area during an outing in mid-September. Rock climbing is one of several activities First Descents uses to build camaraderie among participants.
One camp for First Descents was near Castle Valley, Utah, along the Colorado River.
Kelsey Tanner of Denver negotiates a tricky spot on a cliff wall during a mid-September outing of First Descents in Utah.
The First Descents group included guides from the Colorado Mountain School during its mid-September outing in Utah.
Whether it’s rappelling or shooting rapids, participants push themselves hard, says First Descents co-founder Corey Nielsen. But “the spotlight is on safety. We haven’t had any mishaps.”
If you go

A fundraiser for First Descents, featuring the nonprofit’s documentary “Outliving It” and dinner, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Backspace Theater, 1120 Main Avenue, Suite No. 2.

First Descents is asking for a minimum donation of $25 per person or $40 per couple. A Mexican dinner and dessert will be served, and an open bar is included. The food and open bar begin at 6 p.m., and the movie will start at 7 p.m.

The 40-minute documentary, released this summer, was featured at the Aspen Film Festival.

For more information on the fundraiser, contact Corey Nielsen at corey.nielsen@firstdescents.org.

For more information on First Descents, visit www.firstdescents.org.

Extreme healing

Program director Jordan Forney rappels from Morning Glory Arch in the Moab area during an outing in mid-September. Rock climbing is one of several activities First Descents uses to build camaraderie among participants.
One camp for First Descents was near Castle Valley, Utah, along the Colorado River.
Kelsey Tanner of Denver negotiates a tricky spot on a cliff wall during a mid-September outing of First Descents in Utah.
The First Descents group included guides from the Colorado Mountain School during its mid-September outing in Utah.
Whether it’s rappelling or shooting rapids, participants push themselves hard, says First Descents co-founder Corey Nielsen. But “the spotlight is on safety. We haven’t had any mishaps.”
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