(LIST OF CLIMBS + 1 "TRIP REPORT")
Category: Colorado
Elev: ~8,500 ft
Rock Type: Sandstone
 
2020
 

FRYING PAN Climbing


The Frying Pan is a ridge of sandstone cliffs located on a steep hill above the Frying Pan River, with southern exposure and sweeping views of the surrounding area. There are over 100 routes here ranging from 5.7-5.13+, mostly single pitch, and a mix of sport and trad. Bolted anchors, a flat base, and generally good rock make cragging here quite pleasant. Moreover, the climbing is technical and engaging.


Sandstone cliffs of The Skillet on the left end of the Frying Pan ridge.

The first time I climbed at the Frying Pan was in May 2020, for a half-day stop as a great way to break up the 6-7 hour drive back home from the Black Canyon.

Since I plan to return to the Frying Pan, I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip report from the first day I climbed here (made to establish this page on my website), and below that I have photos from subsequent random days of cragging at the Frying Pan.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done at the Frying Pan
2020 trip report (1st trip to the Frying Pan: 1 day of cragging)
MAY
19
2020

  TR #: 407
Other random photos from cragging at the Frying Pan



(Still quite small)List of climbs I've done at the Frying Pan

(Alphabetical order)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY

(everything is 1 pitch unless noted otherwise)
AREA

Color-coded:
   =The Outpost
   =The Skillet
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Camel Head, The (Pitch 1) 5.10c, sport The Skillet May 19, 2020
Green Eggs and Ham 5.10a, sport The Skillet May 19, 2020
Nose Job 5.10b, sport The Skillet May 19, 2020
Now, The 5.11d, sport The Skillet May 19, 2020
Silver Surfer 5.11a, sport The Skillet May 19, 2020

Bat Attack Crack 5.10a, trad The Outpost May 19, 2020
Choss No More 5.10b, trad The Outpost May 19, 2020


Photos

Color coded by area:
   =The Outpost          =The Skillet     

FIRST TRIP TO THE FRYING PAN
MAY 19, 2020
w/ Nate Arganbright
After spending a few days climbing in the Black Canyon, my climbing partner Nate and I thought it would be a nice idea to break up the 6-7 hour drive back home by stopping to crag somewhere along the way. We stopped at an outdoors store in Carbondale and bought a guidebook. After perusing the book, we decided to check out the sandstone cliffs of the Frying Pan. We spent half a day cragging there. We were both impressed with the quality of the climbing and enjoyed the sublime setting of the area. We climbed 7 routes. I've included some random photos below.
1. Sandstone cliffs of The Skillet on the left end of the ridge.
2. Looking up Nose Job at The Skillet. This is one of the more popular 5.10s at the crag.
3. Nate stemming up the corner oThe Camel Head at The Skillet.
4. Looking up Green Eggs and Ham at The Skillet.
5. Nate starting up Silver Surfer at The Skillet.
6. Looking up Bat Attack Crack at The Outpost. This is a fun and popular 5.10a crack.
7. Nate cruising up Bat Attack Crack at The Outpost.
8. Cool sandstone.
9. A nice view of Ruedi Reservoir and the Sawatch Range.
10. My car enjoying its rest stop along the Frying Pan River.

Color coded by area:
   =The Outpost          =The Skillet