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Climbs 143
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
2 Magigi 5c 15
3 El Potrero Chico 6b 12
4 Chatarra 6a+ * 7
5 Resala 6a+ * 7
6 Las cosas de Lucas 5a 124
7 Las cosas de Mateo 6a+ 98
8 El pilarito 3a 65
9 Sopo con ondas 6c ** 78
10 El beso de la flaca 5c ** 203
11 Lucky no com pan 5c ** 225
12 Danos colaterales 6c+ * 13
13 Lucas grijander 7a+ * 10
14 Producto nacional 7a+ ** 13
15 Filou 6a ** 223
16 Forjado en frio 7b+ * 6
17 Nunca mais 6c 15
18 Blanca 6a 45
19 El canalillo de la mari 6b+ *** 226
20 Escalopendra guajani 6c 88
21 Zona cero 7a+ *** 32
22 Amor sandunguero 6c *** 119
23 Colaboracion ciudadana 7a+ ** 17
24 Alta traicion 7a+ * 8
25 Engendro caneri 6a+ ** 165
26 Canadian Ice Hockey Night 7a * 5
27 Brava bambina
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7a+ 2
28 Madonna cicciona
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7b 2
29 Mi abuela chochea
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7a+ 1
  The Tooth
31 Karius
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6b 5
32 Baktus
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6b+ 4
33 Dr Teeth
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6a 8
  Sector Arabesque
35 Placuneo sin fronteras 7b ** 8
36 El arabe perdido 7a * 89
37 Bladerunner
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6a * 367
38 Face of Flake 6b * 149
39 Aventur El Chorro 7b * 2
40 Lococolo 7a+ 1
41 Diedre torpedol 6c *** 187
42 Arabesque 7a *** 139
  Steps Buttress
44 Sheik tu dinero 6c+ * 76
45 Birdy 7b+ ** 11
46 Calvo potrun 7c * 36
47 Coming on Strong 7a+ ** 37
48 Rock the Kashbah 7b ** 82
  Sector Sergio
50 Solo afeitar 6a * 184
51 El Chato Barato 4c * 183
Climb name Grade
52 La Sillita de la Reina 4c * 150
53 La Veta Peta 4a * 166
54 10 Anos de McClaud 6b+ * 137
55 Rockfm.fm
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6a ***  
56 Zeig Mir Deine Muskeln 6a 41
57 Sergio y Antonio 6a *** 407
58 Yo y mi resaca 5c *** 310
59 Blobby Left 6a+ 192
60 Blobby Right 6a 129
61 Chocolate Orange 6a+ 110
62 Schlemmer Reise
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3c 8
63 Swiss Michael
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4c 13
64 Gaumenschmaus
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4c 12
65 Peñita Malaguita 7a * 4
66 La Ley Innata 6c ** 20
67 For Fite 6b+ ** 115
68 Double Edge 6b+ ** 125
69 Una Vida Vívela * 6a+ 3
70 Heidi y los 7 cabras * 4a 1
71 ??? * 6a 2
  Sector Suiza
73 Lea 5c ** 37
74 Rogelio 4c *** 244
75 Los Arcángeles 5c ** 33
76 Chilona 6a+ ** 113
77 Tapa de Isabella 5a 81
78 O sole mio 4a * 165
79 Spaguetti Napoletana 4c * 174
80 Merle-Perle
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4a 16
81 Los timbales 4a *** 398
82 Un helado para Leo 4a * 109
83 King Line
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3a * 104
84 Go on 4a * 136
85 El artista 4a 178
86 Dos tetas tiran 6b ** 217
87 Servus Chorro 6b * 60
88 Que Dos Carretas 6a+ ** 47
89 Mas que un carreta 6a * 247
90 Three Dishes Menu 5a * 128
91 Café 5c * 120
92 Con leche 5c * 83
93 Highway to Africa 6b ** 53
94 Marlen Suzuky 6c ** 17
95 Los ultimos del ano 6c+ * 21
96 Yogu con mititilla 6a 39
97 No hoy trequa 6a+ * 34
98 Fallilo 6b+ * 62
99 Michelle 6c+ * 21
100 Grounded 4c 13
101 Unknown * 6a+ 9
102 Kiwi 5a * 224
Climb name Grade
103 Sorbet de limón 4c * 180
104 La Gaita 4c * 201
105 Tira-mi-su 4c * 272
106 Flan de caramelo 5a * 226
107 Fear and loathing in El Chorro * 6a+ 1
  El Navegador Pillar
109 Pecho lobo 6b * 79
110 Steady Away 6b+ ** 42
111 Pecho lata 7a ** 42
112 El Navegador 7a+ ** 29
113 El Navegador (Pitch 1) 6b+ ** 23
114 Los genelos 6c ** 59
115 Los genelos Right 7a ** 66
116 La sonrisa vertical 6c *** 99
117 Longarone 6c *** 22
  Sector McClaud
119 Proyecto Mireia 7a * 2
120 Tormenta Cerebral 6c+ * 3
121 La Hora del Guateque 6c+ * 1
122 6 Estrellas 6c *** 7
123 Rafa Walo's Brother 7b *** 2
124 Fisura Flagoneti 6c ** 7
125 Clever Climb Adventures 6c ** 7
126 La Esperanza es lo último que se Pierde 6b ** 16
127 Nube Gris 6a ** 13
128 El Amigo Lion 6a+ ** 17
129 Anacleto y Sofilee 6a * 13
130 Sobredosis de Espárragos 6a+ ** 17
131 Queso alemán 5c ** 13
132 Toñi la Reina del Refugio 4c 3
133 Caminito a la Escalera Árabe 6b+ ** 4
134 Fuerte como el Limón 7b * 1
135 Los 5 Magnificos 7a+ ** 9
136 El Clan de los McClaud 5c ** 8
  Unkonwn
138 Makaimusky * 7a *** 1
139 Insahla *
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7c *  
140 The Final After *
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7b *  
141 Ramadan *
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7c **  
142 Salamalekum *
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8a 2
143 Alma mala *
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7b+ **  
144 Kamar *
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6c+  
145 Tafuit *
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6c+ *  
146 Die schöne Unbekannte * 5b * 6
147 (Unknown - new line between Tapa de Isabella and O Sole Mio) * 4c * 2
148 Zeig mir deine Muskeln * 6a 4
149 Left of Zeig mir deine Muskeln * 6a 2
150 V+ R of Double Edge * 5c 1
151 Rogelio (extended) * 6a 14
152 Sznurek * 5c 1
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