To climb, or not to climb
That’s a really important sacred thing that you are climbing… You shouldn’t climb. It’s not the real thing about this place. And maybe that makes you a bit sad. But anyway that’s what we have to say. We are obliged by Tjukurpa to say. And all the tourists will brighten up and say, ‘Oh I see. This is the right way. This is the thing that’s right. This is the proper way: no climbing.– Kunmanara, traditional owner
Why no ban?
So, should you climb?
3 things you may not know about climbing Uluru…
- Uluru’s iconic red sandstone is easily eroded. In fact you can easily spot the traditional climbing route, trodden for decades. It’s known as the ‘Scar of Uluru’.
- There are no facilities or toilets on top of Uluru. Many travellers not only leave rubbish on the rock, but (finding themselves stranded) are also forced to relieve themselves. As you can imagine, this is incredibly disrespectful (not to mention gross).
- Uluru has claimed the lives of 35 travellers so far. 348 metres might not seem like much, but it’s basically like climbing a 95-story building in 36 degree heat.