We have had a report that two sections of Escalera Arabe at El Chorro have been fenced off to prevent climbing. The first is Sector Suiza on page 92 to 93 of the guide and 8 popular routes on this sector are not accessible. The other section is the El Navegador Pillar (page 94) which is also fenced off.
The reasons given are because of some rare plants that have been found on this part of the cliff. This is often the cause for climbing restrictions in El Chorro.
The effected routes on Sector Suiza are from route 12 ‘Three Dishes Menu’ to route 20 ‘Fallilo’ and include the cover photo route ‘No hoy trequa, plus the popular ‘Highway to Africa’. All 8 routes on El Navegador Pillar are now off limits.
If we find out any more news we will post it here.