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The Skillet 

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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.

The cliff faces south, and makes for good cragging on cooler days. The left and right sides are in the shade at various times during the day, making it possible to climb here in warmer temps as well.

Getting There 

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.

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Green Eggs & Ham   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Steroid Milkshake Mixer   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Nose Job   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Black Eyes and Spam   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Technician   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Nose Job.

Nose Job 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b  CO : Carbondale : ... : The Skillet
This is one of the Frying Pan's best moderates. It has great rock and is well-protected....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Giulio
From: Waterville, ME
Jun 25, 2009

Is there anything in the 5.6 to 5.9 range at The Skillet?

By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Jun 25, 2009

The easiest routes here are 5.9,there are three of them, everything else is harder. The new Rifle & Western Colorado guidebook has good info on all of them.

By Giulio
From: Waterville, ME
Jul 11, 2009

Thanks for the info.