Shotgun Road Backcountry FROLF Course, Sibbald-Powderface
course Frolfed in May 2013
Aptly named for all the shotgun shells, broken clay skeet discs, bullet riddled discarded items, and this “road” kinda comes to a dead end once you pass thru a magical door! Obviously this has been well used as a target practice area, hiking and who knows what else- like how did that door get there and why?! It’s a fun ‘course’ since there are a number of neat things to aim for along the way like the Cougars Claw, the hilltop and strange box, the meadows, the Inukshuk, the door, and the palm tree. Granted some of this may be gone, moved or added to as running the course for the first time was in 2013. Good hiking footwear is strongly recommended.
The log strewn “road” is easy to follow and walk upon and the views of increasingly distant vehicles roaring along the Sibbald and Powderface roads leaving dustclouds with Sibbald Flats behind strewn with mooing cows is a interesting vista.
If you wanna try the ‘backcountry baskets’ method of using styrofoam dinner plates go to the dropdown menu of “Random Obscurities” and scroll down to Un-Patented Ideas – the description is found there . If you do, start at the end of the course and read the description working and walking backwards positioning your removable(do not leave junk in the woods) plates as you go as baskets to aim for. Try not place any at places where hikers may encounter. With this method, you can get acquainted with the terrain, take pics of each hole from the next hole until you come to the start. Turn around, and start playing, removing your backcountry baskets as you go. Not appropriate ever for popular often-travelled areas of course.
To get here, drive the Sibbald Flats Road from either the east or the west and when you come to the T-intersection with the Powderface Trail, turn south across the flats, up the hill, and soon around the first blind bend is a small pullout on your left or further up the road in front of the boulder-gated entrance to Shotgun Road. Always park safely off. Walk up the small hill and start on the cusp of going down the other side. Read this description if you care to, and in reverse when you play. So you walk it first choosing each thing you aim for, at the end of what you have created, turn around and play it back!
1) Start on the cusp of the road going down. Toss. Retrieve. Toss. Retrieve. Clip a basket in an area of your choosing maybe like an orangey white boulder ahead.
2) From you make-believe net maybe, throw down the road and down more until you get to a cairn on a stump or a tree.
3) Aim for the Cougars Claw, an obvious natural deformity!
4) Shoot down the wood scattered path with Weaver Mtn in the Sibbald backdrop. Aim for some mess of stumps and craggy branches to the right of the pathway.
5) Eye up about 150m down the right side of the fairway to some broken stumps.
6) If the wood box is still there on the slope of the rounded hillside dead ahead, then pluck it good.
7) From a spot near the box throw in a west-south-west direction of flight aiming for a hacked log poking out on the other side of the loggy road.
8) Huck hard across the pretty meadow with your goal being some nice white trees on the far end.
9) Go to a scruffy looking field ahead with a option to the right. Stay left. You should start from what may still look like an Inukshuk!
10) Keep throwing along the chopped log fairway and it will hook to the right and up a small slanting hill.
11) Walk up a bit and throw west up a short slope on a hill to your left and coming into a forest with the magical door!
Get the door, pass around it and come out the other side of this oasis of a forest.
12) In an unattractive gully, throw high and up the steeper hill to overcome it.
13) Once a tall palm tree looking pine can be seen to the right or NW. Aim for this. Take your time. You may land on a neat old grey stump perfect for taking pics of your frisbee and the Sibbald Flats behind.
14) Aim for the palm tree! Game over. Would you like to play again?