Climbs 103
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 9
4Chatarra6a+ *5
5Resala6a+ *5
6Las cosas de Lucas5a 74
7Las cosas de Mateo6a+ 64
8El pilarito3 40
9Sopo con ondas6c **48
10El beso de la flaca5c **134
11Lucky no com pan5c **156
12Danos colaterales6c+ *8
13Lucas grijander7a+ *6
14Producto nacional7a+ **8
15Filou6a **144
16Forjado en frio7b+ *2
17Nunca mais6c 9
18Blanca6a 33
19El canalillo de la mari6b+ ***145
20Escalopendra guajani6c 68
21Zona cero7a+ ***24
22Amor sandunguero6c ***82
23Colaboracion ciudadana7a+ **12
24Alta traicion7a+ *4
25Engendro caneri6a+ **101
26Canadian Ice Hockey Night7a *3
27Brava bambina
-
7a+  
28Madonna cicciona
-
7b  
29Mi abuela chochea
-
7a+  
 The Tooth 
31Karius
-
6b  
32Baktus
-
6b+ 2
33Dr Teeth
-
6a 2
 Sector Arabesque 
35Placuneo sin fronteras7b **3
36El arabe perdido7a *50
37Bladerunner
-
6a *215
38Face of Flake6b *98
39Aventur El Chorro7b *1
40Lococolo7a+  
41Diedre torpedol6c ***119
42Arabesque7a ***114
 Steps Buttress 
44Sheik tu dinero6c+ *56
45Birdy7b+ **8
46Calvo potrun7c *22
47Coming on Strong7a+ **28
48Rock the Kashbah7b **53
 Sector Sergio 
50Solo afeitar6a *133
51The Left Way4c *127
52The Middle Way4c *103
53La raya a la izquierda4a *108
54Smooth6b+ *90
55Sergio y Antonio6a ***277
56Yo y mi resaca5c ***229
57Blobby Left6a+ 141
58Blobby Right6a 100
59Chocolate Orange6a+ 89
60Schlemmer Reise
-
3+ 3
61Swiss Michael
-
4c 4
62Gaumenschmaus
-
4c 4
63Peñita Malaguita7a *4
64La Ley Innata6c **10
65For Fite6b+ **62
66Double Edge6b+ **73
 Sector Suiza 
68Lea5c **12
69Rogelio4c ***173
70Los Arcángeles5c **23
71Chilona6a+ **83
72Tapa de Isabella5a 52
73O sole mio4a *127
74Spaguetti Napoletana4c *123
75Merle-Perle
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4a 5
76Los timbales4a ***298
77Un helado para Leo4a *52
78King Line
-
3 *92
79Go on4a *92
80El artista4a 122
81Dos tetas tiran6b **150
82Servus Chorro6b *30
83Que Dos Carretas6a+ **10
84Mas que un carreta6a *172
85Three Dishes Menu5a *94
86Café5c *95
87Con leche5c *70
88Highway to Africa6b **45
89Marlen Suzuky6c **15
90Los ultimos del ano6c+ *20
91Yogu con mititilla6a 34
92No hoy trequa6a+ *32
93Fallilo6b+ *55
94Michelle6c+ *17
95Grounded4c 8
96Kiwi5a *179
97Sorbet de limón4c *130
98La Gaita4c *146
99Tira-mi-su5c *197
100Flan de caramelo5a *165
 El Navegador Pillar 
102Pecho lobo6b *55
103Steady Away6b+ **16
104Pecho lata7a **28
105El Navegador7a+ **20
106El Navegador (Pitch 1)6b+ **10
107Los genelos6c **30
108Los genelos Right7a **32
109La sonrisa vertical6c ***60
110Longarone6c ***13

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