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Black and Tan

5.10, Trad, 100 ft,  Avg: 3.9 from 115 votes
FA: Darren Singer, Jeff Huebner 1994
Arizona > Northern Arizona > Oak Creek Canyon > Waterfall* > Main Amphitheater


Black and Tan has become a steadfast classic in the line up of Waterfall 5.10’s, if not THEE classic. This all natural gear pitch features fingers through hands jamming, excellent stemming stances, and of course, the two tiered roof at the top which delivers the crux of the route.

Hard to miss on the climbers right side of the Main Amphitheater. A #3 and a #.75 protect the blocky entrance into the stem box. The excellent gear, steepness and overall vibe of the pitch make it a great first route to do at the Waterfall.


(2) each #.3 through #.5, (3) each #.75 and #1, a #2 is useful, though kind of tight at the first roof, and a #3 is good for a first piece at the start. A few medium wires are also nice to have. 2 bolt anchor with steel Draco biners.

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Black and Tan
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JJ Schlick climbing Black and Tan 5.10 <br>
James Q Martin Collection
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Perhaps the best basalt pitch in Arizona: Tomas Robison stems wide on the ultra-classic Black and Tan.
[Hide Photo] Perhaps the best basalt pitch in Arizona: Tomas Robison stems wide on the ultra-classic Black and Tan.
Wildly fun stemming on Black & Tan.
[Hide Photo] Wildly fun stemming on Black & Tan.
Pulling the roof
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JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Anchors replaced 6-1-08. 1/2 inch bolts, hangers, quick links, and biners for a speedy return to the ground, and on to the next route. Jun 1, 2008
Jon Ruth
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Awesome. Do we owe you a cold one Jeremy? Jun 22, 2008
Greg DeMatteo
W. Lebanon, NH
[Hide Comment] One of the best pitches I've climbed in years. Sep 2, 2008
[Hide Comment] A great route with fun moves. The roofs are much easier than they appear from the ground. The crux for me was a short thin crack section low in the stem-box. Jul 9, 2009
Darren Singer
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] See Lord Humongous re: mysterious bolt holes. Sorry for the low budget bolt anchors guys - grad student salaries didn't afford much for hardware at the time. May 15, 2010
roman d
Pasadena, CA
[Hide Comment] Incredible pitch! Nov 8, 2010
Pat Mac
Salt Lake City
  5.10- PG13
[Hide Comment] Wow! this was my first ever trad lead. I tr'ed it before I tried it on lead. It felt easy but wow amazing stone!!!!!! Can't wait to climb the harder stuff. Thanks JJ for the hard work at this crag. Sep 6, 2011
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
[Hide Comment] This was my first 10 trad on site, and an amazing route! Mar 31, 2012
Tim Heid
[Hide Comment] One of my favorite 10's anywhere, and one I repeat every chance I get. Unfortunately, I fixed a red C4 under the first roof on Sunday. Would love to get it back if possible. A six pack of your choice and tons of good karma awaits..! May 28, 2012
J Mo
Tucson, AZ
[Hide Comment] This climb is incredibly good. It also protects very well. Nothing PG about this one. Thrilling lead though. Oct 7, 2012
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] So after 15 years of climbing past the stack of blocks at 1/3 height on Black and Tan, we finally decided to take a closer look. Wade pulled out every block but one by hand, and he did so with minimal effort. These blocks were slathered with chalk and I've seen folks reefing on them for years. It should go without saying at a crag like the Waterfall, but be careful what you pull on, because it could be the last decision you make. Sep 29, 2013
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] thanks guys! this was the route's only minor blemish, and now is clean as a whistle! Oct 15, 2013
1Eric Rhicard
[Hide Comment] I guess when people are brought up on well buffed routes and plastic they just assume things will be solid. They may or may not be solid. When I started climbing just after the ice age, I learned that if it didn't look solid treat it like it could break or fall off. Thus Jimbo and I do everything we can to clean the stuff we think will kill or maim people cleaned off. It would suck to have someone get hurt by something we thought was solid. We have also found that many things that will not come off with a hammer will pretty easily come off with a crowbar. Thanks for the cleanup JJ. Oct 16, 2013
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] I talked with Darren Singer a number of years back about retro cleaning some of the original lines, and he was all for it. Though they did take out the obvious stuff, cleaning was a different deal in 1992. There are a bunch of routes on the Left Wall that could use a good once over, and the overall quality would go up tremendously. There's always going to be some choss here and there, but I don't think people need to be shy about removing any direct hazard from any route here. The freeze/thaw effect here can loosen rock over the course of just a couple seasons once we start climbing on it.... Nov 1, 2013