A pictorial response to arguments against climbing Ayers Rock
It's too dangerous
Here's Arthur Groom's take on the climbing options: extract from I saw a strange land
It’s a Sacred Site, climbing is disrespectful
Climbing Uluru goes against the wishes of the Anangu people
“Tiger arrived and flopped straight into a pool to cool off. 'My legs get properly tight!' he grumbled, and thumped his cramped thighs. Tamalji run about too much like big euro!' “ from I saw a strange land, 1950.
Prior to the handback of the Rock in 1985 the Central Land Council and Pintjantjatjara Council acknowledged the importance of tourism operations at Ayers Rock. There was no mention the climb (which was not a registered sacred site at the time) was against the wishes of the locals, instead locals were "working tirelessly to assure the people of Australia that tourist operations at the park would continue as usual". It seems this promise by the Anangu is now being broken.