Blank Man begins on Paradigm and then moves onto Insectophobe at the second bolt of Paradigm. At a large hueco mid-route, the route veers right and finishes on the last three bolts of Mississippi Burning.
Going left at the hueco and back into Paradigm is still a project. Ask Chris Hirsch for the name; he somehow never forgets names of choss pile routes, i.e. his bolted lines in the Black Hills.
A sustained route, with a low crux that, clocking in at probably v7, involves a few low-percentage moves on small crimps. Key beta, according to Joel Anderson, is to "crimp hard." Brilliant.
For best rope management, skip the the bolts on paradigm and just stick clip the first two bolts on Insectophobe.
8 bolts. For the start, stick clip first two on Insectophobe.
Adding two photos here in the hopes others will be...
Sep 14, 2014
rating: 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
This is a rad route that should see more action. It links the two most classic RW test-pieces with a gnarly boulder problem in between - what's not to love? Opening moves on Paradigm Shift are a blast plus you get the entire crux section of Mississippi Burning (which can send you flying off the route quite easily after pulling through the Blank Man crux without the good rest on Mississippi)!
Sean says he broke a hold off the Blank Man crux awhile ago while working Insectaphobe... perhaps that's why it has 5.13c in the new book? I find this to be soooo much harder than NSP, which I believe to be more like 5.13b...grades aside, it's a fun line so hop on this if you want to crimp!