THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ULURU – AND SOME ARE EASIER THAN OTHERS
Why climb Uluru when you can see it from a $21 million viewing platform?
are many good reasons not to climb Uluru, chief among them respect for indigenous cultural traditions and fear of disapproving glances from the 62 per cent of visitors who no longer attempt the ascent.
If you’re not swayed by either of these rationales, there’s a third reason not to attempt the climb – it’s ridiculously dangerous. If you don’t suffer a heart attack, like dozens of people before you, then there’s always the chance you’ll miss your footing on the steep gradient and tumble to your doom off the rock’s edge, a metre-and-a-half from the unfenced path.
The last person to die here had a heart attack on the way back down the day before Anzac Day.
It’s usually a moot point though, as there’s little chance an individual tourist will need to wrestle with their conscience – the climb is closed when it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy or for any other reason. It’s closed from 8am during summer.
On the few occasions it is open for five minutes, climbers report it’s such incredibly hard work that a large portion of people give up after about 50m. That’s before the part where they’re forced to haul themselves up a narrow chain
A Kanak girl carries baguettes in Noumea.