Climbs 154
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 514m a.s.l
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Paul Phillips climbing Arabesque (7a) on Escalera Arabe © Mike Hutton

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. (Update, October 2018: the track is currently open to cars all the way to the bottom of the crag). 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.

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Spain : El Chorro

A guidebook to the superb climbing around the village of El Chorro and the famous gorge. Great coverage of the sport climbing on the magnificent crags above the village and in the central gorge. Also includes a number of excellent outlying areas.
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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
1 Tiddler 6b+  
2 Grounded 4c 2
3 Un helado para Leo 3c * 9
4 Mali en Suzuki 6c **  
  McClaud
6 Proyecto Mireia 7a * 10
7 Los Viejos Tambien Aprietan 6c+ *  
8 Tormenta Cerebral 6c+ * 3
9 La Hora del Guateque 6c+ * 3
10 6 Estrellas 6c *** 29
11 O te pones fuerte o esperas a que te sonria la suerte 7b ** 1
12 Rafa Walo's Brother 7b *** 6
13 Fisura Flagoneti 6c ** 15
14 Clever Climb Adventures 6c ** 11
15 La Esperanza es lo último que se Pierde 6b ** 42
16 Nube Gris 6a ** 35
17 El Amigo Lion 6a+ ** 44
18 Anacleto y Sofilee 6a * 31
19 Sobredosis de Espárragos 6a+ ** 40
20 Queso alemán 5c ** 25
21 Toñi la Reina del Refugio 4c 7
22 Caminito a la Escalera Árabe 6b+ ** 8
23 Fuerte como el Limón 7b * 1
24 Los 5 Magnificos 7a+ ** 15
25 El Clan de los McClaud 5c ** 21
  Sombra
27 Insahla 7c *  
28 The Final After 7b *  
29 Ramadan 7c+ **  
30 Salamalekum 8a ** 2
31 Alma mata 7b+ ***  
32 Makaimusky 7a ** 3
33 Kamar 6c+ ** 4
34 Tafuit 6c+ * 1
35 El potrero chico 6b 14
36 Magigi 5c ** 19
37 Chatarra 6b 11
38 Resaca 6a 11
39 Limón * f6C ** 1
40 Brown Line * f6A+ * 1
41 Pimienta * f6B * 1
42 Pimienta High * f?  
43 Pimienta Pimienta High Link * ?  
  The Tooth
45 Karius 6b * 10
46 Backtus 6b+ ** 10
47 Dr. Teeth 6a+ ** 19
48 El pilarito 3a * 88
49 Las cosas de Mateo 6a+ 137
50 Las cosas de Lucas 5a 180
  Upper Crag
52 Sopo con ondas 6c ** 83
53 El beso de la flaca 5c ** 239
54 Lucky no com pan 5c ** 262
55 Danos colaterales 6c+ * 16
Climb name Grade
56 Lucas grijander 7a+ * 11
57 Producto nacional 7a+ * 14
58 Filou 6a ** 256
59 Forjado en frio 7b+ * 9
60 Nunca mais 6c ** 18
61 Blanca 6a * 55
62 El canalillo de la mari 6b+ *** 302
63 Escalopendra guajani 6c ** 106
64 Zona cero 7a+ *** 35
65 Amor sandunguero 6c *** 163
66 Colaboracion ciudadana 7a+ ** 21
67 Alta traicion 7a+ * 8
68 Engendro caneri (P1) 6a *** 17
69 Engendro caneri 6a+ *** 198
70 Hockey Night in Canada 7a ** 22
  Arabesque
72 Brava bambina 7a+ * 2
73 Madonna Cicciona 7b ** 2
74 Mi abuela chochea 7a+ ** 3
75 Mi abuela chochea (Right) Project  
76 Placuneo sin fronteras 7b *** 10
77 El arabe perdido 7a ** 118
78 Bladerunner 6a * 507
79 Face of Flake 6b ** 197
80 Espolon 7a 1
81 Aventur El Chorro 7b * 5
82 Loco loco 7a+ 2
83 Diedre torpedol 6c *** 225
84 Arabesque 7a *** 193
  Steps Buttress
86 Sheik tu dinero 6c+ * 82
87 Birdy 7b+ ** 13
88 Calvo potrun 7c ** 48
89 Coming on Strong 7a+ ** 41
90 Rock the Kashbah 7b ** 93
  Sergio
92 Solo afeitar 6a * 210
93 El Chato Barato 5a * 210
94 La Sillita de la Reina 4c * 172
95 La Veta Peta 4a * 192
96 10 Anos de McClaud 6b+ * 151
97 Rockfm.fm 6a *** 89
98 Zeig Mir Deine Muskeln 6a ** 96
99 Sergio y Antonio 6a *** 507
100 Yo y mi resaca 6a *** 388
101 La dusha mashusha (Blobby Let) 6a+ ** 242
102 Mi vecina plaquita (Blobby Right) 6a * 147
103 El nosco volador (Chocolate Orange) 6a+ ** 129
104 Schlemmer Reise 3c 12
105 Swiss Michael 4c 37
106 Gaumenschmaus 4c 24
107 Heidi y los 7 cabras 4b 9
108 Peñita malaguita 7a ** 12
109 La ley innata 6c ** 35
110 For Fite 6b+ *** 175
Climb name Grade
111 Double Edge 6b+ ** 158
112 Lea 6a *** 127
  Suiza
114 Rogelio (P1) 4a 262
115 Rogelio 6a ** 64
116 Los Arcángeles (P1 and 2) 4b 18
117 Los Arcángeles 5c * 54
118 Blue Line 5c *** 93
119 Chilona (P1) 4c * 2
120 Chilona 6a+ ** 129
121 Tapa de Isabella 4c ** 115
122 Siebo 4c ** 45
123 O sole mio 4b * 200
124 Spaguetti Napoletana 4c ** 220
125 Merle-Perle 4a 24
126 Los timbales 4a *** 493
127 Un helado para Leo 4a * 138
128 King Line 3a * 281
129 El artista 4a 226
130 Dos tetas tiran 6b *** 282
131 Servus Chorro 6a+ * 96
132 Mas que un carreta 6a ** 308
133 Que dos carretas 6a+ ** 93
134 Three Dishes Menu 5a * 145
135 Café 5c * 125
136 Con leche 5c * 86
137 Highway to Africa 6b ** 56
138 Marli en Suzuki 6c ** 18
139 Los ultimos del ano 6c+ * 21
140 Yogu con mititilla 6a 40
141 No hoy trequa 6a+ * 35
142 Fallilo 6c * 67
143 Michelle 6c+ * 25
144 Sznurek 5c * 34
145 Return of Achillies 6a * 15
146 Go for it Alex 6a * 30
147 Die schöne Unbekannte 5a * 20
148 Kiwi 5a ** 255
149 Sorbet de limón 4c ** 195
150 La gaita 4c ** 223
151 Tira-mi-su 5a * 308
152 Flan de caramelo 5a * 258
  El Navegador Pillar
154 Pecho lobo 6b ** 82
155 Steady Away 6b+ ** 44
156 Pecho lata 7a+ ** 43
157 El navegador (P1) 6b+ ** 25
158 El Navegador 7a+ ** 30
159 Los genelos 6c ** 61
160 Los genelos Right 6c+ *** 68
161 La sonrisa vertical 6c *** 102
162 Longarone 6c *** 22
163 Piedra madre 6c  
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