Ascent of Uluru in 1982-08

Climber: Peter Stone

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

Ascent Trip Report

Visited Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/the Olgas 30 years ago on an amazing 2 week Greyhound Bus tour of Central and Eastern 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 (Kata Tjuta in the distance), an amazing sense of space and being part of the landscape nonetheless.

Nowadays it is said that indigenous locals discourage climbing it on health and safety and religious grounds. That seems a great shame: respect and reverence for the land can be expressed in many different ways and exclusion limits cultural appreciation too.
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