5 Mile Rappel
FAs- Boys Club of Calgary, L.Skreslet, K.Watson and family and friends, 1960-2011
5 Mile Rappel was the first established climbing cliff in the Sibbald-Powderface region dating back to the mid-1970s. In the mid-2000s, Kevin Watson along with family and friends retrofitted the cliff and likely lead some routes previously done on top-rope.
Kevin Watson who told me that one cliff has been climbed on as early as 1960 called ‘5 Mile Rappel’ when the Boys Club of Calgary would use it in the summer as a practice area which were exactly 5 miles from Camp Adventure on Sibbald Lake. Kevin was introduced to the cliff in 1975 by a fellow who had climbed there since 1966. There were many routes by then and its believed Laurie Skreslet even did one in his younger days. The clean spire to the east 100m is called Adventure and the tall cliffs up and right are named Adventure Plus. The blocky overhang was recently bolted by Kevin, removing his FA pitons(Das Boot, 5.9+). Kevin also ran a D8 CAT in the 70s, building Hwy#68, living at Lusk Creek and going to hunt down rock in the area in a 4×4, skiis or VW bug.
To get to 5 Mile Rappel, drive 7.7km from the Sibbald-Powderface junction(or 6km from Hwy#40). Park about 100m north of the texas gate and walk 10 minutes to the cliff which is very obvious from the road, part of which is up a short bouldery slope.
Pick one of the sport routes and explore- currently we don’t have any names, grades or further info about top anchors at this time but will update this page as info is acquired.
*Photos and info supplied long ago courtesy of Kevin Watson*