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Leyland Brothers visit Uluru: 1977

Mike and Mal's first visit to the rock about 40 years ago. Probably filmed in 1977.

Some quotes:
"In the past 14 years 4 people have died climbing Ayers Rock."

"people of all ages attempt the climb from young children up to the oldest recorded climber, a 90 year old man."

Why did you climb it?

"Why? I can't really say. When you come in along the road after that first, or rather the last stretch of road, you know, I felt, is it worth it? But when you get there; it's worth it. It's really worth it."

"Just to have a look around."

"It's something to do I guess. I wanted to come up and have a look at it. I've never really seen a desert before so I figured that was a good place to have a look at one from." 

Wonderful to see families enjoying the climb without any guilt. Why climb...because it's there!



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