This series celebrates Ayers Rock climbing experiences posted online and elsewhere.
#12 Norman Camps, 1952 via Maggie Springs I lost four fingernails and was bleeding from the ankles, calves and fingers.
I recently received a folder of material about Ayers Rock from a local historian recently (thankyou J!). It included a number of items. One that stood out was a clipping from 'Peaks: Australiasian Mountain Magazine' No.3 December 1980 re-counting a climb up Maggie Springs (Mutitjulu Water Hole) by Norman Camps in 1952. The main part of the article about the climb is reproduced below.
Sketch from the article, original caption: The "V: Formation leading down to Maggie Springs (Mutitjulu water hole) at the base of the rock.
See for comparison below this wonderful photo the sketch is based on of the hidden valley above the waterhole by Robin Smith from The Red Centre, 1967.
The main northwest-trending watercourse above Maggie Springs (Mutitjulu water hole) has be…