Ascent of Uluru on 1985-07-18

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, July 18, 1985
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:Australia-Northern Territory
    Elevation:2848 ft / 868 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was on a tour of Australia with a group, and we stopped in Alice for a few days, including a trip to Uluru and the Kata-Tjuta boulders too.

About a dozen from our group climbed Uluru. I had never climbed 50 feet before in my life, so this was a good challenge for my skinny 18-year old self. The initial few dozen feet is up a bare sandstone slope, before reaching the chains. From there on, it's an easy, if strenuous, hike to the top. Going down, that lower bare slope spooked me, so I sat on my butt and scootched down a few inches at a time. It worked. I'm still here to tell the tale.

That afternoon, a pilot was offering rides in his small plane so me and one other went up and got some nifty aerial views of the rock.

At the time, 1985, tourism here was not like it later became. There was no internet or instagram or influencer culture to generate hordes of fools coming out just for that one photo that everyone else has done. You had to already be aware of Ayers Rock/Uluru to bother making the journey here. I recall the area not being crowded at all. For the climb, it was our group, plus maybe twenty others total.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1150 ft / 350 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:1698 ft / 517 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble

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