This route was first named "Matador Pants" but also given the alias "Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones" during a wondrously drunken spray session at the base of the Arsenal. It's kind of sharp and kind of funky but a lot of fun. It's atypical for the Arsenal in that it's more bouldery than pumpy, with a few pretty good rests on it.
Matador Pants is the (at present) second route right of Pretty Hate Machine, a classic 12c with fixed draws above the chossy ledge in the Arsenal's leftmost sector. It starts with a bit of a choss band then moves up into pockets on a white face before entering roofy territory. There is a diagonalling crack/pod high on the route as well. Save some mojo for a crux up high!
|Comments on Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones
|By Peggy Sayer|
Sep 15, 2003
Actually not a bad route. The crux is a short boulder problem at the top, a heel hook works wonders.
Jul 17, 2009
Great if you do some trad, nice hand/fist jammie right before crux. Fun crux, not real polished, really enjoyed this route.
|By Colin Lantz|
From: Nederland, CO
Apr 8, 2012
I beg to differ Chris. That was a beautiful drunken spray session. I remember laughing so hard with Matt that I was doubled over gasping for breath. I guess it all comes down to your perspective. I don't remember the Penitente part however during all that - I remember "Los Hermanos de los Matador Patalones" being the name that came out of it all.
Apr 8, 2012
Hey Colin: that's actually my bad, not Chris' -- I had written the original description. I think I meant it was an "ugly" spray session for anyone within earshot. For all participants, it was of course a thing of beauty :)