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Escalera Arabe

Malaga / El Chorro, SPAIN

Climbs 103 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 514m a.s.l – Faces S

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.

El Chorro (2008), Andalucia (2005),
Out of print: El Chorro MiniGuide (2005), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (2001), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (1998), Costa Blanca. Mallorca, El Chorro (1996)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Magigi5+ 10
3El Potrero Chico6b 8
4Chatarra6a+ *4
5Resala6a+ *4
6Las cosas de Lucas5 59
7Las cosas de Mateo6a+ 54
8El pilarito3 30
9Sopo con ondas6c **38
10El beso de la flaca5+ **111
11Lucky no com pan5+ **130
12Danos colaterales6c+ *8
13Lucas grijander7a+ *3
14Producto nacional7a+ **6
15Filou6a **121
16Forjado en frio7b+ *2
17Nunca mais6c 9
18Blanca6a 28
19El canalillo de la mari6b+ ***113
20Escalopendra guajani6c 57
21Zona cero7a+ ***14
22Amor sandunguero6c ***69
23Colaboracion ciudadana7a+ **11
24Alta traicion7a+ *3
25Engendro caneri6a+ **80
26Canadian Ice Hockey Night7a *3
27Brava bambina7a+  
28Madonna cicciona7b  
29Mi abuela chochea7a+  
32Baktus6b+ 1
33Dr Teeth6a 1
35Placuneo sin fronteras7b **1
36El arabe perdido7a *44
37Bladerunner6a *169
38Face of Flake6b *75
39Aventur El Chorro7b *1
41Diedre torpedol6c ***93
42Arabesque7a ***85
44Sheik tu dinero6c+ *49
45Birdy7b+ **8
46Calvo potrun7c *15
47Coming on Strong7a+ **22
48Rock the Kashbah7b **42
50Solo afeitar6a *106
51The Left Way4+ *99
52The Middle Way4+ *90
53La raya a la izquierda4 *92
54Smooth6a+ *76
55Sergio y Antonio6a ***209
 Climb nameGradex
56Yo y mi resaca5+ ***177
57Blobby Left6a+ 113
58Blobby Right6a 80
59Chocolate Orange6a+ 73
60Schlemmer Reise3+  
61Swiss Michael4+  
63Peñita Malaguita7a *3
64La Ley Innata6c **9
65For Fite6b+ **47
66Double Edge6b+ **62
68Lea5+ **4
69Rogelio6a+ **119
70Los Arcángeles5+ **8
71Chilona6a+ *63
72Tapa de Isabella5 41
73O sole mio4 *100
74Spaguetti Napoletana4+ *90
75Merle-Perle4 3
76Los timbales4 ***228
77Un helado para Leo4 *35
78King Line3 *88
79Go on3 *73
80El artista4 99
81Dos tetas tiran6b **123
82Servus Chorro6b *22
83Mas que un carreta6a *143
84Three Dishes Menu5 *79
85Café5+ *86
86Con leche5+ *66
87Highway to Africa6b **42
88Marlen Suzuky6c **15
89Los ultimos del ano6c+ *19
90Yogu con mititilla6a 34
91No hoy trequa6a+ *31
92Fallilo6b+ *45
93Michelle6c+ *11
94Grounded4+ 6
95Kiwi5 *139
96Sorbet de limón4+ *106
97La Gaita4+ *114
98Tira-mi-su5+ *157
99Flan de caramelo5 *126
101Pecho lobo6b *43
102Steady Away6b+ **4
103Pecho lata7a **23
104El Navegador7a+ **11
105El Navegador (Pitch 1)6b+ **6
106Los genelos6c **25
107Los genelos Right7a **25
108La sonrisa vertical6c ***48
109Longarone6c ***11
110Que Dos Carretas *6a+ **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Access 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.

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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