Climbing Tales This series celebrates Uluru climbing experiences posted online.
Without the prospect of climbing due to the proposed ban in 2019, one can't help but wonder if it's worth the cost and effort for students to go all that way just to listen to somewhat dour and simplistic fairy tales, without the happy endings (provided by an indoctrinated tour guide). The scientific education that featured prominently for that first group of young adults in the 1950s seems to have been replaced with superstition. Without the climb, and with science displaced by religious myths there are simply better places to go, where the locals won't make them feel guilty for exploring, enjoying and learning about the natural world. Mt Augustus perhaps a worthwhile substitute that would rekindle the sense of real adventure of that first Ayers Rock school excursion.
For groups heading off over the next 18 months, the photos from this 1976 trip by QLD's Oakey High School tell a wonderful story and give you a taste of what future student visitors will be missing out on.
Apparently Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Anangu traditional owners welcome schools to Aboriginal land, but Parks Australia and the Uluru-KataTjuta Board of Management are responsible for using cult-like beliefs to put the joy and wonder of one of the world's outstanding outdoor activities, out of the reach of all children, apparently forever. Shame!
Enjoy Australia day. We hope someone had the chance to climb and wave an Aussie flag at the summit (if so would love a photo).