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Welcome to Outdoor Recreation! This year our theme is Soulful Adventures. There is something special about the way God uses nature and his creation to refresh our souls, and nourish us through community. This year's theme is to remind us all to take time, like Jesus, to step away, "go up onto a mountainside to pray"- whether that be to the beach, to the trail, hammock outside your dorm, head to a campsite, the list is endless.

We encourage you to get out and join us on the Soulful Adventures we have coming up, as well as get creative on your own! You can share those experiences with us and we will post them to our Outdoor Rec Instagram @pepperdine.outdoor.rec by emailing: robb.bolton@pepperdine.edu.



Spring 2021 Event - "Pacific Crest Expedition"

Pacific Crest Trail 2021

Hey there hikers! Outdoor Recreation wants to invite you to our big project for this semester, in partnership with the Student Wellness Advisory Board, to hike the virtual Pacific Crest Trail trek over the course of the semester. Between all team members, the goal is to walk, run, or bike the 942-mile distance from the CA-Mexico border to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

We are inviting Pepperdine students and/or professional staff to create teams of 6-10 people to complete the trek over the course of the spring semester, and we wanted to invite YOU to participate.

The official start date is March 1st, so have your team ready by then! Once that date hits, team members can start submitting miles via this Mileage Tracking Form We encourage you to designate a team leader to keep the team organized and serve as a point person if we need to communicate with you! Please specify who this person is on the Team Sign-up Form.

Along the way, there will be various checkpoints at which your team could win prizes from REI or Patagonia, and more prizes at the very end. We'd also love for you to join our Strava group here to interact with other teams and see how everyone is doing!

Let us know if you have any questions at this time at Campus Recreation! We're so excited to "hike" the PCT with you!

Here is a quick access to forms:

Team Sign-up Form

Mileage Form

Strava Progress

Spotify Playlist



Past Fall Events

AORE Campus Challenge - The AORE (Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education) Campus Challenge is a nationwide competition with 100 other universities to see which university gets outside the most! Outdoor gear and prizes are awarded on both the collegiate and individual levels to those who get outside the most and post them on the AORE CC app. Simply download the AORE CC app and join the Pepperdine team, take a picture of what you are doing in the outdoors (can be anything from walking your dog to surfing or rock climbing), and post it on the app!

ED VIESTURS Speaking at Malibu Public Library
- This is an incredible opportunity to hear from one of the most famous mountaineering experts in the world. Ed Viesturs is a professional mountaineer who is one of the few to have successfully reached the summits of all of the world's (14) 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen.


Movie Night at the HAWC: The Dawn Wall - Come hang out with us, enjoy some pancakes, and watch The Dawn Wall, a documentary about legendary Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who completed the first free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. This movie will inspire and keep you glued to your chair!


Solstice Canyon - Let's explore Solstice Canyon with Pepperdine Biology professor, Javier Monzon, who will share his knowledge of the animals that share our habitat while we hike. Plan to bring a sack lunch to eat together at the waterfall. Meet in Smothers Theatre parking lot to board the shuttle.


Zion National Park - In partnership with Intercultural Affairs at the Drescher campus, this trip will be made up of both graduate and undergraduate students, international and domestic, in a fun, adventurous exploration of Zion National Park in Utah, with some canyoneering and hiking. Options to adjust your activity based on skill level. Please note: this trip has a limit.



Past Spring Events

Yosemite Winter Wonderland - Join us in Yosemite in winter as we stay 3 nights at Calvin Crest Conference Center in nice cabins with meals provided, and take day trips into Yosemite! It is a choose your own adventure, as there will be options for hiking, skiing (downhill pass not included in price), snowshoeing, or camp activities like an escape room, zip lines, high ropes course and archery (weather dependent).

Movie Night at the HAWC: Losing Sight of Shore. This is a documentary of the incredible feat of four incredible women who ROW their way from California to Australia over a 9 month period. Let's be inspired together while we eat some pancakes and watch the journey of Natalia Cohen, Laura Penhaul, Emma Mitchell, and Meg Dyos as they set a world record of being the first ever team of four to row the Pacific Ocean. The team rows 24 hours a day in two-hour shifts, battling four-story high waves, torrential rains and sweeping currents in what will end up being a 9-month expedition. "We are on this journey because we want to show how women can test themselves mentally and physically, and to prove what we are capable of. We want to show that strength can come from a dynamic and diverse team and that you can draw on each other to overcome the tough times in life."
Article:Crew does the Impossible
Watch the trailer

MAMMOTH SPRING BREAK God in the Wilderness Adventure! Outdoor Recreation invites you to experience our annual God in the Wilderness Spring Break Trip to Mammoth Lakes! This trip offers four convo credits as we will also be engaging in Scripture within community to deepen our faith as disciples of Jesus alongside all the amazing outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowball fights, hikes, building snowmen and igloos, and any other winter activity you can dream up. We will stay in large mountain chalets that are perfect for cozying up next to the fire with hot chocolate after your day's adventure, with options to play board games, make use of the media room, pool tables, and hot tub. Both skiers and non-skiers are welcome!

Beach, Rock, Whales @ Point Dume! Come at your leisure throughout the day & join Outdoor Recreation, the Climbing Club, and Biology Professor Javier Monzon at Point Dume, climbing, hiking, whale-watching during the peak of migration, sand volleyball, spike ball, swimming, or hit the waves with boards & kayaks from Campus Rec (depending on the surf!), or just lay out on the beach.

Joshua Tree National Park Let's explore another national park, camping style! We will stay in one of the first-come, first serve camping locations such as Belle Campground or Hidden Valley Campground. (Check it out here: Hidden Valley Campground) Spend your time bouldering, hiking, exploring, photographing the unique landscape, and then of course STARGAZING at night!

Dates and trips are subject to change. Trips may be added or canceled throughout the semester. Contact the Campus Recreation office for more details.

Trip Cancellation & Refund Policy

Final trip preparation and purchase of necessary supplies is based on the number of people that sign up. Therefore, cancellations need to be made well in advance of the trip if a student wishes to be refunded. In order to receive a full refund, cancellation requests must be made to Robb Bolton in HAWC 110 or by email to Robb Bolton, by 5:00pm the Wednesday before the trip. Once this deadline has passed, no refunds will be given.

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