Climbs 115
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 514m a.s.l
Faces S

Topping out on The Tooth © harrier_hunt

Crag features

Set high up above the treeline and commanding a beautiful view, the Escalera Arabe is one of El Chorro's most peaceful locations. The quality of the climbing matches the view with the majority of the routes being single-pitch wall climbs on brilliant rock. The best climbs are in the lower-to-mid grade range and there are plenty of them, although there are a number of good harder pitches dotted across the various sectors. In the past it was possible to drive up the track to the base of the cliff, however the track has now been closed by the National Park and as a result the approach is considerably longer on foot although it is a lovely walk and not at all strenuous. There is occasional stone fall from the large areas of broken crags above the climbs and a helmet is advised. The area is named after the Mozarabic stairway built pre-1500, sections of which are still in amazing condition.

Approach notes

From the station in El Chorro drive up the road towards Valle de Abdalajis and, just before the crag of Las Encantadas, park at a building next to a water tank. Take the upper of two dirt tracks on the left and walk along this for around 10 minutes until the track meets the hillside at a large quarry. Continue up the track that follows the base of the slope below the cliffs for a further 10 minutes until just past the point where a power line crosses over the track and look for paths that head up the slope to the base of the crag itself. For El Navegador Pillar continue up the road to a small hairpin bend and walk up a steep but short path on the left to the cliff. For those without a car it is nicer to walk from the station in the direction of the Albercones parking and just after leaving the built-up area, walk up a track on the right that eventually meets up with the approach track to the quarry.

Guidebooks

El Chorro

A full colour guidebook dedicated the area around El Chorro in Andalusia in Spain. Covering the famous Gorge and all the fine crags near the village, plus many superb outlying areas. The book is in the modern Rockfax style with full colour photo topos, descriptions, symbols and maps, plus loads of excellent action shots.
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Was here on the 7th october 2013 and there is a very obvious fence around the routes in sector suiza from routes 22 to 26 on page 93 of the rockfax guide. My spanish is not great but the notices on the fence suggest it is closed for the protection of the local flora and fauna.
SGD - 16/Oct/13
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Upper Crag 
2Magigi5c 14
3El Potrero Chico6b 10
4Chatarra6a+ *5
5Resala6a+ *5
6Las cosas de Lucas5a 92
7Las cosas de Mateo6a+ 69
8El pilarito3 49
9Sopo con ondas6c **52
10El beso de la flaca5c **150
11Lucky no com pan5c **167
12Danos colaterales6c+ *9
13Lucas grijander7a+ *6
14Producto nacional7a+ **8
15Filou6a **162
16Forjado en frio7b+ *3
17Nunca mais6c 9
18Blanca6a 36
19El canalillo de la mari6b+ ***163
20Escalopendra guajani6c 73
21Zona cero7a+ ***23
22Amor sandunguero6c ***93
23Colaboracion ciudadana7a+ **13
24Alta traicion7a+ *4
25Engendro caneri6a+ **119
26Canadian Ice Hockey Night7a *3
27Brava bambina
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7a+  
28Madonna cicciona
-
7b  
29Mi abuela chochea
-
7a+  
 The Tooth 
31Karius
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6b  
32Baktus
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6b+ 2
33Dr Teeth
-
6a 3
 Sector Arabesque 
35Placuneo sin fronteras7b **3
36El arabe perdido7a *55
37Bladerunner
-
6a *250
38Face of Flake6b *104
39Aventur El Chorro7b *1
40Lococolo7a+  
41Diedre torpedol6c ***130
42Arabesque7a ***120
 Steps Buttress 
44Sheik tu dinero6c+ *60
45Birdy7b+ **8
46Calvo potrun7c *24
47Coming on Strong7a+ **27
48Rock the Kashbah7b **57
 Sector Sergio 
50Solo afeitar6a *150
51The Left Way4c *143
52The Middle Way4c *122
53La raya a la izquierda4a *124
54Smooth6b+ *107
55Left of Sergio6a 4
56Sergio y Antonio6a ***310
57Yo y mi resaca5c ***250
58Blobby Left6a+ 156
59Blobby Right6a 108
60Chocolate Orange6a+ 94
61Schlemmer Reise
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3+ 4
62Swiss Michael
-
4c 5
63Gaumenschmaus
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4c 5
64Peñita Malaguita7a *4
65La Ley Innata6c **10
66For Fite6b+ **74
67Double Edge6b+ **82
 Sector Suiza 
69Lea5c **19
70Rogelio4c ***197
71Los Arcángeles5c **27
72Chilona6a+ **94
73Tapa de Isabella5a 57
74O sole mio4a *142
75Spaguetti Napoletana4c *139
76Merle-Perle
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4a 9
77Los timbales4a ***331
78Un helado para Leo4a *75
79King Line
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3 *97
80Go on4a *115
81El artista4a 144
82Dos tetas tiran6b **167
83Servus Chorro6b *39
84Que Dos Carretas6a+ **24
85Mas que un carreta6a *193
86Three Dishes Menu5a *106
87Café5c *99
88Con leche5c *74
89Highway to Africa6b **49
90Marlen Suzuky6c **15
91Los ultimos del ano6c+ *20
92Yogu con mititilla6a 34
93No hoy trequa6a+ *32
94Fallilo6b+ *57
95Michelle6c+ *19
96Grounded4c 9
97Kiwi5a *198
98Sorbet de limón4c *145
99La Gaita4c *163
100Tira-mi-su4c *224
101Flan de caramelo5a *187
 El Navegador Pillar 
103Pecho lobo6b *58
104Steady Away6b+ **19
105Pecho lata7a **29
106El Navegador7a+ **23
107El Navegador (Pitch 1)6b+ **11
108Los genelos6c **31
109Los genelos Right7a **32
110La sonrisa vertical6c ***60
111Longarone6c ***13
112Makaimusky *7a ***1
113Insahla *
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7c * 
114The Final After *
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7b * 
115Ramadan *
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7c ** 
116Salamalekum *
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8a  
117Alma mala *
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7b+ ** 
118Kamar *
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6c+  
119Tafuit *
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6c+ * 
120Unknown *6a+ 5
121Die schöne Unbekannte *5b *3
122(Unknown - new line between Tapa de Isabella and O Sole Mio) *4c *1
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