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Climbing Tales #5: Day 191 - Ayers Rock

Climbing Tales 
This series celebrates Uluru climbing experiences posted online.
Cheney's on top of Ayers Rock
Another great family climbing story from August 2011. The Cheney's caravan of courage stops in at Ayers Rock.
From the Cheney's blog...Read more at the link above.
Bec was a little disappointed as she was hoping there was a visitors book at the top that we could sign, but there was nothing to be seen for miles - and I mean miles. We could clearly see the Olga's and Mt Conner in the distance, and even the curvature of the earth.

Well, it took us a total of three and a half hours to climb to the top and back down again. It was an experience I will never forget; especially since I got to do it with two girls. I underestimated both of them, and I am truly sorry for that. I guess you learn a new thing everyday - and mine today was to respect, praise and encourage; not to stress and think something isn't within either of their reaches. I am very pleased to see that Scarlett had it in her to do it at the ripe old age of 5, and also happy to see that Bec never gave up. They are both amazing people that I feel very privileged to have in my life.

These inspirational experiences to be ended by the ridiculous, nonsensical climbing ban. Make sure you let your favourite politician know what you will be missing out on.


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