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Ascent of Uluru in 1982-08

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Derek
Date:August, 1982
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Uluru
    Location:Australia-Northern Territory
    Elevation:868 m / 2848 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Visited Ayers Rock/Uluru and Kata Tjuta/the Olgas on an amazing 2 week Greyhound Bus tour of Australia as part of a longer family holiday visiting relos in Oz.

Stayed in a shack at the base of the rock that called itself a Youth Hostel and had a great time circumnavigating and then climbing the monolith. Not too strenuous and some cut steps and a post and chain to assist if necessary. Amazing views despite there being not much to look at in the immediate vicinity.

Nowadays it is said that the indigenous locals discourage climbing it on religious grounds but I have mixed feelings about that: I too have love, respect and reverence for the land but practice it in different ways (Leave No Trace, contributing towards maintenance and conservation, etc). Furthermore I can't believe exclusion is the answer; we won't encourage appreciation of each others religions if we keep everyone else out of our churches, temples, mosques, and other holy places.
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