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OP! Staff

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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!
Favorite Ice Cream: Cedar Crest Blue Moon (Cedar Crest is the best!!)

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.
Favorite Ice Cream: The dark chocolate flavor from Love Creamery (very specifically that one).

Megan Belaying

Megan Schiferl

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: December 2021
Major/Minor(s): Chemistry and Math
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Swimming in cold lakes
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.
Favorite Ice Cream: Ben and Jerry's Tonight Dough

Rachel Warming Hand at the Fire

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!

Faye Standing in Snow

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.

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!

Mike on sailboat

Mike Rorem

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Biology
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Dog Sledding
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love the outdoors and I want to help others find their love for the outdoors.
Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Sarah in rain jacket posing by a lake

Sarah Damiani

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Major/Minor(s): Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Skiing (Nordic and downhill) and Backpacking
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I am a guide because I love the outdoors and how it makes me feel alive. In the outdoors, you get to escape the busy life and enjoy the peacefulness that mother nature has to offer. Being part of OP! allows you to meet all sorts of different people and you never know what new tip or trick you're gonna learn next.
Favorite Ice Cream: Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream

Amelia wearing backpack on rock overlook

Amelia Warmka

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Backpacking
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I’m an OP guide so I can have a cool answer when mom asks me what I did today. Additionally, I’m a guide because it’s a great way to explore new outdoor activities and have an insane time. Guiding allows you to meet many people and learn a little more about yourself and your capabilities.
Favorite Ice Cream: Culver's Peanut Butter Cup

Emily in front of sunflowers

Emily Gertken

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Exercise Physiology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: I love backpacking and going on any kind of hike. Anything that is new and challenging excites me as well!
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I am an OP! guide because I love adventure and exploring with others in a supportive and fun environment!
Favorite Ice Cream: My favorite ice cream is cherry with chocolate chunks!

Maddie posing on a rock beach

Maddie Gonko

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Winter camping and backpacking.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love sharing my passions with others, and college is a time of your life when you can try so many new things! I decided to work for OP to help bring others into the outdoors because it has taught me so many life skills and given me so close friends and I want to be able to provide that opportunity for others :)
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip with coconut milk

Payton posing with arms crossed

Payton Berg

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Communications Major
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Hiking and Backpacking
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love the outdoors and love to share it with people. Plus there's nothing better than camping stories!
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla, with a crazy amount of toppings

Katlyn in climbing harness and helmet along the cascade river

Katlyn Ringquist

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Exercise Physiology for Athletic Training
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing and Dog Sledding
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love being outside and helping others enjoy the great outdoors!
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Daniel in climbing harness and helmet holding shoes at the base of a climb

Daniel Lee

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Biology
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Rock Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I love spending time outdoors and trying new activities!
Favorite Ice Cream: Blue Moon

Justin nordic skiing in the valley of silence

Justin Thompson

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023
Major/Minor(s): Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Paddling activities like canoeing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: Wilderness is my passion, and I wish to pursue an experience in all things outdoors. Something about working with others that enjoy all experiences, hard or laid back, in the outdoors (an experience I wish to pursue) creates such a fulfilling environment to put effort into. On top of that, having opportunities to do such unique experiences that you might even put on your bucket list like ice climbing or being in the boundary waters camping in the winter is so exciting I can't help but try and be involved as much as I can be.
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, the GOOD vanilla, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry

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

Rental Hours
Monday: 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 4pm - 9pm
Thursday: 4pm - 9m
Friday: 2pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

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

Climbing Wall Hours
Monday: 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm
Thursday: 5pm - 9m
Friday: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

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