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Angry Angler T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Black Eyes and Spam T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Camel Head, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Chubby Pickle Arete S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Entropy T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Flying Zapato S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Green Eggs & Ham T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Green Span S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Laser Beams S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Lightning Bug S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mado Skates S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Nose Job S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
One For The Road T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sharp Edge S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Silver Surfer S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Snag S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Steroid Milkshake Mixer T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Technician, The S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Throwing For Jesus S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Thunder Fairy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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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.

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Benjamin Pontecorvo
Seattle, WA
Benjamin Pontecorvo   Seattle, WA
We tried to find this crag yesterday to get some pitches in before 5point. We looked for about 30 min but could not find any sort of trail in the area described above. Didn't really matter as it started raining soon enough. Was it before or after the 35mph sign? Apr 27, 2015
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
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. Jun 25, 2009

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