Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat: Backpacking

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Starting college with a pack, hiking shoes, and 10-12 of your new friends just screams adventure and good times. Come along for one of our backpacking trips where you will travel scenic routes and share your life story. The muscle aches will be worth it when you return to schools with lots of new memories and friendships to help you get through the transition to your new home at CSS. Choose between two backpacking trip options, both take you through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and each have their own unique appeal and challenge.

During your trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakehsore, you will hike along part of the 42-mile North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail hugs the shoreline of Lake Superior, providing hikers with amazing views of sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, and forest. Each day you will hike to new a campsite. In the evenings, you cook, hangout, and build relationships that will help you get off to a good start at St. Scholastica.

While on this trip, the leaders will share their own knowledge and wisdom on how to have a good time and prepare you for the next few years that you will spend in college. Don't be shy, if you have questions they are there to provide you with answers. If you are looking for a backpacking trip with breathtaking views, fun guides, and the opportunity to meet new friends then sign up now!

TWO TRIPS TO CHOOSE FROM:


Pictured Rockin' Backpacking

Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate - This trip is 3-9 miles of hiking each day, with a heavy (25-45lbs) backpack, on uneven and slightly hilly trails. Your pack will contain your personal gear and portions of food and camp gear - so pack light!

Number of Participants: 10

Guides: Megan & Ally

Description: Are you itching to get out into the wilderness? Do you like to swim? Are you looking to spend some quality time with your peers in the most scenic shoreline of Lake Superior?! Then the Pictured Rockin' Backpacking Trip is for you! We will be spending 5 days along the Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, hiking 3-9 miles each day, spending nights in the lake and around campfires. Spend your time solving ridiculously difficult riddles and singing songs. Sign up now to begin the journey of a lifetime!!


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Trip Difficulty: Moderate - We will be walking 6-11 miles each day on uneven ground, sand and various other types of earth. We will be carrying backpacks that will contain personal gear, camping gear, cooking gear, and enough food for a week on trail. We recommend preparing for this trip with moderate incline walking or hiking.

Number of Participants: 10

Guides: Diana, Aleah & Samantha

Description: Your days are filled with many instagram-able moments along with 6-11 miles of hiking to new a campsite each night. In the evenings, you cook, hangout, and build relationships that will help you get off to a good start at St. Scholastica. Depending on the weather we can spend nights nestled in our hammock city in the trees or snuggled in our tent town. While on this trip, the leaders will share their own knowledge and wisdom on how to have a good time and prepare you for the next few years that you will spend in college. Don't be shy, if you have questions they are there to provide you with answers. If you are looking for a backpacking trip with breathtaking views, fun guides, and the opportunity to meet new friends then sign up now!

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