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Backcountry Saints is a group of students who are passionate about taking all people outside and teaching them how to safely experience the wilderness. The group is focused on providing high quality opportunities while educating participants about outdoor ethics, risk management, and of course having FUN!

The Backcountry Saints volunteer countless hours to training, gear maintenance, trip preparation, and to the numerous outings provided to the CSS community. Each leader dedicates a couple weeks per year to leadership development in order to hone their skills and knowledge. Many of these leaders pursue professional certifications which meet or exceed the outdoor industry standards. Some of the certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Sea Kayak Instructor - American Canoe Association (ACA), and Climbing Instructor - Professional Climbing Instructor Association (PCIA). Outdoor recreation is a passion shared between all of these students, all of them are pursuing degrees in nursing, management, sport exercise, teaching, ect... So they take time to share these experiences because they want others to have the opportunity to enjoy everything the Duluth and the Mid-west has to offer.

Backcountry Saints also hosts events in order to fundraise money to cover training and programming expenses. Our annual fundraising goal is $2,000. If you wish to donate or if you have a school group, church group, scout troop, club, organization, or just a group of friends that wants to have fun contact us to see what we can offer. Past programming includes winter skill/activity days, indoor rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, day trips sea kayaking, and multi-day adventures into the wilderness. We also host a gear sale in the spring to sell some of our equipment to the public.  Contact us through the Outdoor PURSUIT! email:

Outdoor PURSUIT! and Backcountry Saints partner to provide the St. Scholastica community with a variety of adventures. With the help of Backcountry Saints, outdoor programming at CSS continues to grow while remaining affordable for all.

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Outdoor PURSUIT!
The College of St. Scholastica
BWC, Room  104
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 625-4940

Rental Hours (9/3 - 5/1)
Monday: 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 4pm - 9pm
Thursday: 4pm - 9m
Friday: 2pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

We are closed during academic breaks, however, rentals may be available by appointment.  Email us to inquire.

Climbing Wall Hours (9/3 - 5/1)
Monday: 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm
Thursday: 5pm - 9m
Friday: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

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