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Right to climb

On November 1, 2017 the management committee of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park announced the climb up Uluru/Ayers Rock would be permanently closed from October 2019. This decision taken without consulting the rightful owners: the Australian people. It is our aim to work to reverse this ridiculous arbitrary sanction.

Climbing the rock is a long established Australian cultural tradition that dates from the 1870s. One that celebrates the unique geology, geomorphology, scenery and culture of central Australia. It is an expression of our exploring spirit, our quest for knowledge and enlightenment, and a test of our physical abilities. Millions of Australians and international visitors have become part of this unique cultural tradition.

We have a right to Climb it and celebrate our long standing cultural traditions unfettered by irrational beliefs and overly restrictive bureaucratic  management practices that have arbitrarily closed the climb for over 80% of the time in the past 12 months.

Closing the climb will be the death of the National Park as if you haven't climbed it, you haven't really visited it. If you can't climb it, it's not worth going.

We all have a right to climb.


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A pictorial response to arguments against climbing Ayers Rock

A pictorial response to arguments against climbing Ayers RockIt's too dangerous Group of women aged 19-70 climb Ayers Rock as part of the 1957 Petticoat Safari. This was prior to the chains being installed. Since the 1950s over 6,000,000 people of all ages have climbed the rock. In that time there have been a reported 36 deaths mainly heart attacks to older men, not acclimatised to the heat of central Australia. If you are fit and healthy and stick to the marked path climbing Ayers Rock is an exhilarating adventure but a decidedly low risk activity.

Here's Arthur Groom's take on the climbing options: extract from I saw a strange land
Various writers have described Ayers Rock as difficult of ascent, when in reality it is a trained mountaineer's job on the east-south-east corner, a rough and steep scramble up at least two places on its southern side, and nothing else but a strenuous and spectacular uphill walk on its western side It’s a Sacred Site, climbing is disrespect…

The Ban on Climbing Ayers Rock is Immoral and Illegal

The Ban on Climbing Ayers Rock is Immoral and IllegalQuadrant Magazine have placed my recent article online outlining reasons the ban on climbing Ayers Rock is immoral and illegal.

Claims that Aborigines never ascend the monolith are false and the highly sacred nature of the route a recent invention. The cultural-heritage significance of the climb to both Anangu and millions of non-Aboriginal visitors is something that should be celebrated and maintained, not discouraged and condemned.

Read the Article at Quadrant.
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— Former Prime Minister John Howard