Climbs 148
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 1
3 Un helado para Leo 3c * 3
4 Mali en Suzuki 6c **  
  McClaud
6 Proyecto Mireia 7a * 4
7 Los Viejos Tambien Aprietan 6c+ *  
8 Tormenta Cerebral 6c+ * 3
9 La Hora del Guateque 6c+ * 3
10 6 Estrellas 6c *** 15
11 O te pones fuerte o esperas a que te sonria la suerte 7b **  
12 Rafa Walo's Brother 7b *** 3
13 Fisura Flagoneti 6c ** 13
14 Clever Climb Adventures 6c ** 8
15 La Esperanza es lo último que se Pierde 6b ** 32
16 Nube Gris 6a ** 25
17 El Amigo Lion 6a+ ** 31
18 Anacleto y Sofilee 6a * 20
19 Sobredosis de Espárragos 6a+ ** 28
20 Queso alemán 5c ** 18
21 Toñi la Reina del Refugio 4c 4
22 Caminito a la Escalera Árabe 6b+ ** 7
23 Fuerte como el Limón 7b * 1
24 Los 5 Magnificos 7a+ ** 15
25 El Clan de los McClaud 5c ** 15
  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 ** 17
37 Chatarra 6b 8
38 Resaca 6a 8
  The Tooth
40 Karius 6b * 9
41 Backtus 6b+ ** 9
42 Dr. Teeth 6a+ ** 16
43 El pilarito 3a * 75
44 Las cosas de Mateo 6a+ 112
45 Las cosas de Lucas 5a 155
  Upper Crag
47 Sopo con ondas 6c ** 81
48 El beso de la flaca 5c ** 217
49 Lucky no com pan 5c ** 245
50 Danos colaterales 6c+ * 15
51 Lucas grijander 7a+ * 11
52 Producto nacional 7a+ * 14
53 Filou 6a ** 247
Climb name Grade
54 Forjado en frio 7b+ * 9
55 Nunca mais 6c ** 18
56 Blanca 6a * 52
57 El canalillo de la mari 6b+ *** 269
58 Escalopendra guajani 6c ** 99
59 Zona cero 7a+ *** 35
60 Amor sandunguero 6c *** 145
61 Colaboracion ciudadana 7a+ ** 21
62 Alta traicion 7a+ * 8
63 Engendro caneri (P1) 6a *** 6
64 Engendro caneri 6a+ *** 186
65 Hockey Night in Canada 7a ** 15
  Arabesque
67 Brava bambina 7a+ * 2
68 Madonna Cicciona 7b ** 2
69 Mi abuela chochea 7a+ ** 1
70 Placuneo sin fronteras 7b *** 9
71 El arabe perdido 7a ** 105
72 Bladerunner 6a * 451
73 Face of Flake 6b ** 174
74 Espolon 7a 1
75 Aventur El Chorro 7b * 5
76 Loco loco 7a+ 2
77 Diedre torpedol 6c *** 211
78 Arabesque 7a *** 177
  Steps Buttress
80 Sheik tu dinero 6c+ * 78
81 Birdy 7b+ ** 11
82 Calvo potrun 7c ** 43
83 Coming on Strong 7a+ ** 41
84 Rock the Kashbah 7b ** 88
  Sergio
86 Solo afeitar 6a * 202
87 El Chato Barato 5a * 198
88 La Sillita de la Reina 4c * 162
89 La Veta Peta 4a * 178
90 10 Anos de McClaud 6b+ * 147
91 Rockfm.fm 6a *** 44
92 Zeig Mir Deine Muskeln 6a ** 75
93 Sergio y Antonio 6a *** 467
94 Yo y mi resaca 6a *** 358
95 La dusha mashusha 6a+ ** 224
96 Mi vecina plaquita 6a * 140
97 El nosco volador 6a+ ** 118
98 Schlemmer Reise 3c 12
99 Swiss Michael 4c 20
100 Gaumenschmaus 4c 16
101 Heidi y los 7 cabras 4b 4
102 Peñita malaguita 7a ** 6
103 La ley innata 6c ** 25
104 For Fite 6b+ *** 145
105 Double Edge 6b+ ** 142
106 Lea 6a *** 78
Climb name Grade
  Suiza
108 Rogelio (P1) 4a 258
109 Rogelio 6a ** 43
110 Los Arcángeles (P1 and 2) 4b 6
111 Los Arcángeles 5c * 44
112 Blue Line 5c *** 50
113 Chilona (P1) 4c * 2
114 Chilona 6a+ ** 126
115 Tapa de Isabella 4c ** 101
116 Siebo 4c ** 24
117 O sole mio 4b * 183
118 Spaguetti Napoletana 4c ** 196
119 Merle-Perle 4a 20
120 Los timbales 4a *** 450
121 Un helado para Leo 4a * 124
122 King Line 3a * 264
123 El artista 4a 202
124 Dos tetas tiran 6b *** 260
125 Servus Chorro 6a+ * 84
126 Mas que un carreta 6a ** 295
127 Que dos carretas 6a+ ** 81
128 Three Dishes Menu 5a * 137
129 Café 5c * 125
130 Con leche 5c * 86
131 Highway to Africa 6b ** 55
132 Marli en Suzuki 6c ** 18
133 Los ultimos del ano 6c+ * 21
134 Yogu con mititilla 6a 40
135 No hoy trequa 6a+ * 35
136 Fallilo 6c * 63
137 Michelle 6c+ * 23
138 Sznurek 5c * 26
139 Return of Achillies 6a * 10
140 Go for it Alex 6a * 20
141 Die schöne Unbekannte 5a * 11
142 Kiwi 5a ** 239
143 Sorbet de limón 4c ** 187
144 La gaita 4c ** 208
145 Tira-mi-su 5a * 287
146 Flan de caramelo 5a * 239
  El Navegador Pillar
148 Pecho lobo 6b ** 82
149 Steady Away 6b+ ** 44
150 Pecho lata 7a+ ** 43
151 El navegador (P1) 6b+ ** 25
152 El Navegador 7a+ ** 30
153 Los genelos 6c ** 61
154 Los genelos Right 6c+ *** 68
155 La sonrisa vertical 6c *** 102
156 Longarone 6c *** 22
157 Piedra madre 6c  

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