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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Annalisa Dietz

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Major/Minor(s): Psychology/ American Sign Language, Biology
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: My favorite Outdoor Pursuit is Rock Climbing (both indoors and outdoors). It is challenging, stress relieving, and all together a great way to spend time with friends and meet new people.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:I work at Outdoor Pursuit because the people are awesome and being outside is my passion. It is such a blessing being able to show and teach others about the wonder that is God's great creation.

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Madison Schwieters

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Major/Minor(s):Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Boundary Waters Canoeing SOAR Trips
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:I went on a SOAR trip before starting freshman year and I loved it! I love spending time in the outdoors and its awesome helping other people experience it too.

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Abbi Primus

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Major/Minor(s):Biology and Psychology, Pre-Med with a Minor in Chemistry
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: I love to hike and go backpacking in summer and fall, but in winter snowshoeing is my go-to activity.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:I guide for OP! because I want to share my love and appreciation of the outdoors with others. It has challenged me to grow as an individual and has increased my self-confidence. I hope to give others the chance to experience some of the same adventures I have had.

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Melina Avinon

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Major/Minor(s): Athletic training
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: Because I get the opportunity to meet new awesome people and to learn how to be a good leader. Being part of OP teaches me everyday about different outdoors activities. It also gives me the chance to be in contact with nature which is the place where I can forget about all my worries and just enjoy and be happy.

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DyAnna Grondahl

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s): Psychology Major; German and English Minors
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking and SOAR
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I had always wanted to be outdoorsy, but wasn't part of a family that enjoyed outdoor activity, or pursued outdoor ventures. I left home with hope for personal growth and I seized the opportunity to experience the outdoors when I went on a SOAR trip. While I was kayaking on Superior I realized how much I had been missing out on, and decided I wanted to make these adventures a major part of my life.

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Victoria "Tori" Ward

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Major/Minor(s): Nursing?/Psychology
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Rock Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:I really enjoy being in the outdoors and Duluth is an awesome place to explore. Plus the people here are awesome.

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Alex Cole

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Major/Minor(s): Biology - Pre-Med
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I am a guide because I it has given me crazy opportunities like dogsledding, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing. It's awesome watching participants with no prior experience do something they've never done before.

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Eric Conniff

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s): Find the answer to life's big question
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Back flips into the lake
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I wanna show everyone how to do flips... we're all gonna be flippin out

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Michel Doege

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s):
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Growing lentils
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: The wilderness let's me be free and open up emotionally. Outdoor folks really connect and bond while sitting around a fire.

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Sarah Symanietz

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s): Biology Major,Psychology Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Rock Climbing at Devils Lake
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I've always loved the outdoors and my SOAR trip helped me realise that I wanted to share that love with others. All the guides are fun to work with, and there's always something to see and do outdoors!

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Erika Badger

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s): Nursing
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Cross Country Skiing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:Outdoor Pursuit is a fun and exciting opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature with others. This year and the years to come, I am able to teach people the skills I know and learn more from others along the way.

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Benet Friedrichs

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s):Exercise Physiology Major Psychology Minor
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Camping and Climbing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:I love the outdoors in every way one can think of, especially when I am experiencing it with others.

Emily Hiking

Emily Rose

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major/Minor(s): Undecided
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: I love hiking & the overall vastness of wilderness. Woah, yeah!
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:To take something that I am passionate about and pass on my skills. I went on a SOAR trip and it was the best decision ever, I loved it. To me its a once in a lifetime opportunity, OP! plans some really cool and unique trips.

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Morgan Mack

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: My SOAR trip changed my life and I found my calling as an OP guide.... time to pay it forward.

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Diana Deuel

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Splorin' the natural wonders of the world
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I love to sleep in tents.

Mary hugging a tree

Mary Rohde

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Hugging trees
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I want share the joy of hugging trees with others... it's truely life changing.

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Nick Burski

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Hairstylist
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Not showering for as long as possible
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I'm accepted for who I am no matter how long it's been since I last showered.

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Abby Peterson

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Building snowpeople
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  I like to play in snow.

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Ally Willner

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Psychology, Pre-Occupational Therapy
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Canoeing and Backpacking
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: I am an OP guide because I have a passion for outdoor exploring that I want to share. Also I want to teach others that they are fully capable of enjoying outdoor adventures.

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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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Skip Varley

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): Business Marketing, Management and Finance
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity:  Rock climbing, canoeing, and sea kayaking.  These are my three favorites because they all have something challenging about them. I enjoy the challenge and variety that these different activities bring.
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?: One of my favorite experiences is exploring the wilderness that we are blessed to have in our area. I am a guide because I have a passion for teaching people how to build self confidence in the wilderness.

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Elizabeth Becker

OP! Guide & Climbing Wall/Rental Staff

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
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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Mariah Lenz

OP! Guide

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Major/Minor(s): 
Favorite Outdoor Pursuit/Activity: Staring at the sunset
Why are you an OP! guide/employee?:  To prevent the world from being taken over by portable electronics.  And cuz OP is AWESOME!

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 - 9pm
Friday: 2pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Rentals may be available by appointment during breaks
See our rental page for info

Climbing Wall Hours
Monday: 5pm - 9pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm
Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Weekend climbing limited to folks with a current belay assessment on file.
Closed during student breaks

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