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The Skillet is a unique and worthy crag located on a steep hill above the Frying Pan river. Many have described the beautiful rock here as a mix between Eldo and Mill Creek. As such, the lines tend to be very technical while also requiring some power to pull through the cruxes. Most of the routes are sport, with a few mixed gear and trad routes thrown in for good measure. If you want more trad, keep heading up the trail to the upper crags.
Follow Frying Pan road out of Basalt towards Reudi Reservoir. Just before the turn off to the dam, there is a shady pullout on the road. Park here and then walk back down the road towards Basalt for a hundred feet or so, until you see a rough trail heading up the steep hillside towards a broken cliff band. The trail traverse the bases of this cliff from left to right before continuing up the hillside to the Skillet. Expect 20 to 25 minutes on the steep uphill hike.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Skillet:
One For The Road 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Green Eggs & Ham 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Steroid Milkshake Mixer 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Nose Job 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Black Eyes and Spam 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
The Technician 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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The Technician 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b CO : Carbondale Area : ... : The Skillet
This is a fantastic route that is very appropriately named. Climbs through a loose roof band down low (stick clip), and then up the very hard to decipher left-facing dihedral system above. Watch for fragile holds and a few large, loose flakes up high....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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