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Climb for Science 2018

Climb for Science: in Gosse's footstepsBefore it's banned, your chance to walk on the side of logic and reason! 
Saturday July 14 to Friday 20 July 2018.

Simply climb the rock sometime between July 14 and 20 and post a photo of yourself on social media at the summit cairn in your Climb for Science gear. 
Hey, given the rarity of the climb actually being open these days if you get up anytime between now and "B-day" please also post a photo.

Celebrating the 145th anniversaries of the assent of Ayers Rock by William Gosse and cameleer Kamran.
Climb for Science will honour scientific exploration and research in central Australia with a celebratory climb up Ayers Rock/Uluru.
The climb will be banned due to ignorance and petty bureaucracy on October 26 2019.
Some of the expeditions...
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Climbing Legends #12 Traditional Owners

Climbing legends #12
Series of posts celebrating climbers of Ayers Rock.

#12 Traditional Owners
Since 1991 Parks Australia and the Park Board have pushed the message that the Traditional Owners don't climb Ayers Rock. As we have shown this message is demonstrably false. Below is a short list of Traditional Owners who have climbed the Rock. This is only a small fraction of what would include a cast of thousands stretching back into the Upper Pleistocene, when humans first arrived in the region. The list is derived from references by prospectors, anthropologists, rangers and tourists. Many non-Anangu Aboriginal people have also climbed as tourists over the years.
The current group of Traditional Owners (Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra language speakers - collectively known as the Anangu) likely arrived at our arkosic inselberg some 4000 years ago. This is based on the inclusion of the Dingo in Anangu creation mythology. Dingoes arrived with seafarers to Australia aro…

Fastest Times Up and Down

There are many ways to experience the climb from a slow stop start walk to soak in the views to a sprint. For those interested in speed here are the current top ten times UP and DOWN on Strava (11/7/2018).
Fastest women: UP: Pavlina 21:55 set 26/6/2018 DOWN: Susan Nixon 19:46 set 17/6/2018

Right to Climb Top Ten

Right to Climb Top Ten
Since 1 November last year we have posted over 70 articles about the Climb.
These have demonstrated:

The "We never Climb"/"We don't Climb" message is fake news.Cultural concerns about climbing are only a recent invention and were not held by past Traditional Owners who knew more about Aboriginal Laws than the current Board. The Board has broken a promise made by past Traditional Owners.The ban on climbing is immoral and illegalVisitor statistics are unable to justify the ban.The climb is a low risk activity for fit and healthy people who stick to the marked trail.Parks Australia have failed in their duty to protect park heritageThe views are worth the effort.Stories about the climb are inspirationalOther natural places are under threat.
Thanks for reading and make sure you spread the message. The case for the proposed ban continues to unravel. Not sure what will be left of it in 473 days time, other than red faced bureaucrats laying barb w…

17th death on the Rock

17th death on the Rock
ABC report that a 76 year old Japanese man collapsed on the steep part of the climb and despite first aid, was not able to be revived. The elderly Japanese man likely died as a result of heart complications, probably brought on by existing (perhaps unknown) medical conditions and over exerting himself. He appears to have died revelling in the opportunity life provides. RIP Brother of the Rock.  Our thoughts with his family and the first attenders who did their best to treat him. It's sad, but life goes on, and so should the climb.

His death marks the 17th death ON the Rock since 26 May 1962 when 16 year old school boy Brian Strieff, on a school excursion with Carey Grammar, wondered off the main path in heavy fog on the way down and fell to his death.

ABC's report indicate it is the 37th death, but these figures from Parks Australia have not been substantiated. It seems that many of the deaths Parks Australia claim to have occurred ON the Rock occurred in…

Ayers Rock and Statistical Legerdemain

Ayers Rock and Statistical Legerdemain
Now on Quadrant Online!

Ayers Rock and Statistical Legerdemain
To justify its seizure of a marvel that belongs to all Australians, not just Aborigines, Parks Australia said that a mere 20% of visitors attempting the climb would indicate public support for closing it down. Obtained via an FOI request, those vaunted numbers have been twisted into sheer nonsense.

How the 20% was arrived at!
Based on our earlier article the 20% myth.

noun: skilful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks.

Ayers Rock Geodetic Station construction 1970

Ayers Rock Geodetic Station
Back in April we forked out some hard earned cash to digitise a copy of a file held at the National Archives of Australia titled: Ayers Rock - Geodetic Station.

NAA promised they would let me know when it was available. Checking the NAA website today I noted that the file was available for download. I guess that letter is in the mail (electronic correspondence received about 2 hours after we started writing this post).

Nevertheless, it's been money well spent as there are some fantastic photos in there showing the condition of the old cairn and the construction of the new, along with associated records including a guidebook for Ayers Rock. Follow the link above and search on "Ayers Rock - Geodetic Station" to download a copy of the file. We have requested the associated sub item titled "Ayers Rock - Geodetic Station - [Geodetic - Memorial Plaque drawing x 2]" also be opened.

We have transcribed the note in the file by Surveyor first …

The 20% myth

The 20% Myth
Conclusion: On days the Climb is Fully open, the proportion of visitors climbing averages 44%!

In its 2010 management plan Parks Australia outlined  a series of measures that it would use to justify a ban on climbing. These are outlined in section 6.3.3 (C):

(c) The climb will be permanently closed when:

 the Board, in consultation with the tourism industry, is satisfied that adequate new visitor experiences have been successfully established, orthe proportion of visitors climbing falls below 20 per cent, orthe cultural and natural experiences on offer are the critical factors when visitors make their decision to visit the park. In our opinion the decision to climb, or not, should be left to individuals. But none of the conditions outlined above have been met. Tourists have been omitted entirely from the consultation process and any research on visitor intentions has been conducted by groups strongly biased against the climb making any results statistically meaningless. The …

Climbing legends #11 Edna Saunders

Climbing legends #11 Edna Saunders
Series of posts celebrating climbers of Ayers Rock.

In an early post we drew attention to a book by Edna Saunders (Bradley) "A Rock to remember". This post celebrates Edna as a legend of the climb.

A rock to remember. Available on Kindle via Amazon. 
During her first visit to Ayers Rock as part of the Petticoat Safari, Edna climbed twice. Her first climb well known as part of the Petticoat Safari group (see earlier post). Edna climbed again the next day to a special location on the Rock that only very few have visited and certainly very few women. An excerpt of her adventure appears below. To gain an insight into early tourism at Ayers Rock we recommend buying Edna's book. She remains active in supporting tourism in central Australia. What a remarkable woman!
Extract from A rock to remember by Edna Bradley (Edna Saunders) To find out if they made it out you'll have to buy the book!
The Rock Pool  Little did we know what we were getting ours…

Climbing Tales #7 Deano climbs the Rock

Climbing Tales 
This series celebrates Uluru climbing experiences posted online.

#7 Deano Deano and fellow climbers at the summit cairn.
Another great climbing story. Deano is an Aussie with a passion in life for travel and enjoying the experiences and places that the world has to offer. Following in the footsteps of his Granny and Aunt, Deano's recount of his climb available at his blog. Some great summit pics there. 
The climb is well worth it. You get an amazing perspective of the rock from the top and the view just seems to go on and on across that vast red earth (be prepared for strong winds up there though). The vast “nothingness” of the Australian outback never fails to impress me.