I was approached back in December 2017 by Men's Journal for a comment on their piece featuring the Longitude 131 resort at Ayers Rock. The email from the assistant editor read as follows:
Hi Marc! Hows it going? We came across a story of yours on The Australian regarding the ban on climbing Uluru. We recently ran a story about Uluru as a tourist spot, and were hoping to include a letter in our next issue about the importance of the area and the imminent ban. What are your personal thoughts on banning visitors from climbing, and how do you think it will affect the area in terms of tourism? Thanks so much.
After a little thought I replied with the following tale of personal discovery:
In 1998 I started a job as a geologist for the Northern Territory Geological Survey. Work required travel to some of the remotest pasts of central Australia including parts of the Tanami desert only accessible by helicopter. Coming from the lush green forests of the east coas…