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Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat: Backpacking


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. Due to the overwelming demand, we will offer two backpacking trips, both take you through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and each have their own unique appeal and challenge.

During your trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 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!


A Shore-ly Picture Perfect Backpacking Trip

Trip Difficulty: Moderate - This trip is 5-11 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!  We recommend preparing for this trip with moderate incline walking or hiking.

Number of Participants: 10

Guides: Megan & Emily  or  Maddie, Payton, & Dan

Description: Are you looking for some adventure before starting college? Come join us in the most scenic shoreline of Lake Superior. We will be spending 5 nights in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and will hike 3-10 miles each day. Your days are filled with many Instagrammable moments, the food will be delicious, the tents will be cozy, and the company will be great.  On the trail, expect to be stumped by riddles and entertained by games of 20 questions, all while building friendships to help you transition into life at CSS. We will spend our evenings swimming, hanging around the campfire, playing cards, and talking about life.  The guides will share their wisdom about school, student life, and answer any questions you might have. If you are looking for a backpacking trip with breathtaking views, fun guides, and the opportunity to meet new friends then sign up and join us on this rockin' journey!

Register now!

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