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Description

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.

History

The first route at the area in 1993 was an ice climb that Cam Burns soloed. It forms occasionally around the corner left of the leftmost rock routes described in Western Sloper (the book). It is named "Cam's Slab", about 70 feet, WI3.

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