As long as Whitworth has existed in Spokane, the Back 40 – the wooded acreage north of the developed campus – has provided respite and recreation for Whitworth students. It is the scene of sledding chutes in the winter, pep rallies and marshmallow roasts at Pirates Cove in the fall and spring, and quiet walks and trail runs year-round. While many trees were lost during the November 1996 ice storm that ravaged the city the week before Thanksgiving, an ample number of pines remain. Over the last decade, Whitworth Athletics has developed a soccer practice field down the hill beneath the power lines, student life has added disc-golf cages for a nine-hole course, and new residence-hall and recreation-center construction has crept into this largely protected, forested part of campus. Still, the Back 40 remains a favorite of students and alumni alike, and a unique feature of the Whitworth campus.