OP! Staff

Leading the way...

Shawn Olesewski Setting Climbing Anchors

Shawn Olesewski

Outdoor PURSUIT! Coordinator

Education: BS & MS - University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Physical Education Teaching with a concentration in Adventure Ed. and Outdoor Pursuits
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Sea Kayaking in the Apostle Islands lead me on the path to where I am now, but I enjoy all outdoor activities.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I'm passionate about teaching others to explore the outdoors safely and ethically. Training students to lead our adventures is very rewarding. Our guides make OP! AMAZING!

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Morgan Mack

OP! Guide & Training Coordinator

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Biology, Pre-PA
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing in the Boundary Waters
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I guide for Outdoor Pursuit because it allows me to do what I love outdoors while teaching others. My SOAR trip changed the course of my college career and got me connected with some really amazing people!

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Elizabeth Becker

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Nursing and American Sign Language
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing especially in the Boundary Waters
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love spending time adventuring in the great outdoors and providing others with opportunities they can't typically find while stuck inside.

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Diana Deuel

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Elementary Education, American Sign Language
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing and Camping
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I am an OP guide to help show others the beautiful world we live in! I believe we learn the most about ourselves while in the wilderness. Also I love a good birch tree.

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Ben Fern

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Nursing Major
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Ice Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I'm a big fan of the outdoors and educating others about all the fun things one can do outside. I enjoy leading trips and watch people grow in their outdoor abilities.

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Haiden Rothwell

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): CIS and Math Major, Data Analytics Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Climbing, but also a huge fan of canoeing at full speed
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I enjoy being able to share with others the activities I enjoy doing. It's also a way for me to expand my experiences and knowledge of the outdoors.

Jess on Portage Trail

Jessica (Jess) Schneider

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Biology Major, Spanish Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Rock Climbing and Canoeing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I work at OP! because I get to come in contact with people from different parts of the school that I may never have met before. It's a great way to create an awesome community dedicated to spending time in and appreciating the beauty of the outdoors.

Cat Canoeing

Catherine (Cat) Schurtz

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: A solid toss up between Canoeing and Rock Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  The outdoors have been apart of my life since I was very young. My family would always take me camping every other weekend. When I came to college, I wanted to involve myself with people who had the same interests as myself. It made sense to continue being outside and involving other students and doing what I love to do. Plus, who wouldn't want to spend all of their free time with these hooligans.

Megan Belaying

Megan Schiferl

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Chemistry and Math
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I love being outdoors, and as an OP! guide I get the opportunity to share that experience with others.

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Rachel Emery

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Biology Major, Psych Minor; Pre-Occupational Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Campfires at Sunset
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I love meeting new people and the outdoors so being an outdoor pursuit guide is my calling at CSS! Let’s talk about random things while we cook dessert over a campfire.

Ethan on Bridge

Ethan Willoughby

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Math Education
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: Show everybody how fun it is to be outdoors in the wilderness!

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Faye Crum

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Nursing Major, Spanish Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Toss up between canoeing, downhill skiing, and sleeping outside.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I can't think of anything better than exploring the great outdoors! Being a part of OP! has been an amazing way to meet amazing new people and share my love for nature.

Allison Jumping at Beach

Allison (Ally) Palmer

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Exercise Physiology Major, Psychology Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing and swimming in Lake Superior
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: It allows me to share my love for the outdoors and explore places and things that I have never seen or done before.

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Aleah Techam

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2022
Major/Minor(s): Elementary Education
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Anything including a body of water!
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love the outdoors and I love teaching.

Samantha sitting by a waterfall

Samantha Evens

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2022
Major/Minor(s): Nursing & Gerontology minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: I love kayaking, especially in the Apostle Islands, as well as backpacking and hiking.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I want to give others the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors, like I did, and teach them what they need to know. The memories and connections you make on each trip are definitely a plus!

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Cecilia Murphy

OP! GIT

Expected Graduation Date: May 2022
Major/Minor(s): Elementary Education, Special Education
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love the outdoors and sharing it with others! There is nothing like “That one time on trail...”.

Contact Us | OP!

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

Summer Rental Hours (5/10 - 9/3)
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Rentals may be available by appointment during breaks.  Email us to inquire.

Climbing Wall Hours (5/10 - 9/3)
The climbing wall is closed for the summer.  We may be able to accommodate Birthday parties or private events.

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