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Climber's Handbook: A guide to climbing Ayers Rock.

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...

Indicative Contents
History of discovery and climbing
Facts and figures
Geology and Geomorphology
Route Maps
Reasons to climb
Climbing stories
Chronicles of the fallen 
Preparations
Best time to climb
What to wear
How to climb
What you can see from the summit
Things to do at the summit
Climbing Trivia
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!




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A pictorial response to arguments against climbing Ayers Rock

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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

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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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