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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.

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.

Guidebooks
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
 UPPER CRAG  
2Magigi5c 12
3El Potrero Chico6b 9
4Chatarra6a+ *4
5Resala6a+ *4
6Las cosas de Lucas5a 64
7Las cosas de Mateo6a+ 56
8El pilarito3 30
9Sopo con ondas6c **38
10El beso de la flaca5c **113
11Lucky no com pan5c **132
12Danos colaterales6c+ *8
13Lucas grijander7a+ *3
14Producto nacional7a+ **6
15Filou6a **122
16Forjado en frio7b+ *2
17Nunca mais6c 9
18Blanca6a 28
19El canalillo de la mari6b+ ***116
20Escalopendra guajani6c 58
21Zona cero7a+ ***14
22Amor sandunguero6c ***69
23Colaboracion ciudadana7a+ **11
24Alta traicion7a+ *3
25Engendro caneri6a+ **83
26Canadian Ice Hockey Night7a *3
27Brava bambina7a+  
28Madonna cicciona7b  
29Mi abuela chochea7a+  
 THE TOOTH  
31Karius6b  
32Baktus6b+ 1
33Dr Teeth6a 1
 SECTOR ARABESQUE  
35Placuneo sin fronteras7b **2
36El arabe perdido7a *45
37Bladerunner6a *174
38Face of Flake6b *79
39Aventur El Chorro7b *1
40Lococolo7a+  
41Diedre torpedol6c ***95
42Arabesque7a ***87
 STEPS BUTTRESS  
44Sheik tu dinero6c+ *49
45Birdy7b+ **8
46Calvo potrun7c *15
47Coming on Strong7a+ **22
48Rock the Kashbah7b **44
 SECTOR SERGIO  
50Solo afeitar6a *113
51The Left Way4c *105
52The Middle Way4c *92
53La raya a la izquierda4a *96
54Smooth6a+ *80
55Sergio y Antonio6a ***216
 Climb nameGradex
56Yo y mi resaca5c ***183
57Blobby Left6a+ 117
58Blobby Right6a 84
59Chocolate Orange6a+ 80
60Schlemmer Reise3+  
61Swiss Michael4c  
62Gaumenschmaus4c  
63Peñita Malaguita7a *3
64La Ley Innata6c **9
65For Fite6b+ **48
66Double Edge6b+ **64
 SECTOR SUIZA  
68Lea5c **4
69Rogelio6a+ **125
70Los Arcángeles5c **8
71Chilona6a+ *66
72Tapa de Isabella5a 44
73O sole mio4a *104
74Spaguetti Napoletana4c *94
75Merle-Perle4a 3
76Los timbales4a ***237
77Un helado para Leo4a *38
78King Line3 *90
79Go on3 *76
80El artista4a 102
81Dos tetas tiran6b **126
82Servus Chorro6b *22
83Que Dos Carretas6a+ **3
84Mas que un carreta6a *147
85Three Dishes Menu5a *82
86Café5c *89
87Con leche5c *68
88Highway to Africa6b **42
89Marlen Suzuky6c **15
90Los ultimos del ano6c+ *19
91Yogu con mititilla6a 34
92No hoy trequa6a+ *31
93Fallilo6b+ *49
94Michelle6c+ *11
95Grounded4c 7
96Kiwi5a *145
97Sorbet de limón4c *110
98La Gaita4c *121
99Tira-mi-su5c *164
100Flan de caramelo5a *133
 EL NAVEGADOR PILLAR  
102Pecho lobo6b *45
103Steady Away6b+ **6
104Pecho lata7a **23
105El Navegador7a+ **11
106El Navegador (Pitch 1)6b+ **6
107Los genelos6c **25
108Los genelos Right7a **25
109La sonrisa vertical6c ***48
110Longarone6c ***11
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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