Ascent of Uluru in 1982-08
|Others in Party:||Derek Stone|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||Australia-Northern Territory|
| Elevation:||868 m / 2848 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportVisited Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/the Olgas on an amazing 2 week Greyhound Bus tour of Central and Eastern Australia as part of a longer family holiday visiting relos in Oz.
Stayed in a shack at the base of the rock that called itself a Youth Hostel and had a great time circumnavigating and then climbing the monolith. Not too strenuous and some cut steps and a post and chain to assist if necessary. Amazing views despite there being not much to look at in the immediate vicinity, an amazing sense of space and being part of the landscape nonetheless.
Nowadays it is said that indigenous locals discourage climbing it on health and safety or religious grounds. That's a great shame: love, respect and reverence for the land can be expressed in different ways (Leave No Trace, intelligent enquiry and contributing towards maintenance and conservation, etc) and exclusion doesn't much help cultural appreciation either (a warm welcome to each other's holy places might).
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