Uluru is a world class natural wonder that belongs to all of us. The Australian tradition of climbing the rock stretches back 35,000 years. This long established cultural tradition is under threat by a small group of bureaucrats determined to impose their way on the rest of the world. It is right to Climb because we have the right to Climb. Don't let irrational beliefs and petty nanny state bureaucrats take it away.
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Climbing Legends #4 Breaden and Oliver 2nd to climb, first traverse
Climbing legends Series of posts celebrating climbers of Ayers Rock. #4 Allan David Breaden and W Oliver 2nd to climb
Breaden is reported as likely the first, along with Oliver (Coulthard??) to undertake an west to east traverse of the rock.
"Anent Ayers Rock, again in the recent news. Mr. McKenzie told me that he knew two bushmen, Bob Coulthard* and Alan Breaden, who scaled up the western side and left their names there in a baking powder tin, and then carefully tobogganing down the east side."
*This is the only mention of Bob Coulthard climbing. Perhaps McKenzie means Oliver?
Further details about Breaden in this bio from The Mail 1936. "STOLEN by the blacks when he was two years old at Booboorowie Station, South Australia, working on a station at 11, exploring the unknown Territory, drover, miner, and prospector. Allan David Breaden, now in his eighty-second year, has led a life full of adventure."
Allan Died in 1943 aged 85
Coming soon... Climber's Handbook: A guide to climbing Ayers Rock.
Everything you wanted to know about climbing the rock at the heart of Australia but were too afraid to ask...
History of discovery and climbing
Facts and figures
Geology and Geomorphology
Reasons to climb
Chronicles of the fallen
Best time to climb
What to wear
How to climb
What you can see from the summit
Things to do at the summit
Selected climbs and hikes in central Australia Hoping to hit the internet book shelves in time for Christmas 2018. In the meantime wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I just want one thing in my Christmas stocking: a ban of the ban!
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 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. “In the realm of ideas there has been no better publication in Australia over the last fifty years than Quadrant magazine.” — Former Prime Minister John Howard