El Chorro – Arab Steps

After a week of nonstop climbing we were really due a rest day, but the weather has other ideas. Clear blue skies and the lightest of breezes, with cloud the next day and rain thereafter – climb now, rest in the rain!
So we settled for a ‘restful’ day instead, and made the long but pleasant walk up past the Frontales area (see below with the cave of Poema Roca in the middle)…

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…up to the Escalar Arabe, where the huge limestone escarpment is cut through by a slanting natural faultline, which has been enhanced by moorish shepherds with stone steps – hence the name:

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Great slabby climbing with a bunch of 6as, most of which were fairly recent additions, and therefore largely unaffected by the demon polish.

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Helen was styling up 6as again, whilst I played belay bunny for the day and soaked up the sun.

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