No more climbing on 'The Rock'

@JudyEv (164246)
Bunbury, Australia
July 12, 2019 7:08am CST
I’ve written about our trip in 2018 to Uluru or Ayres Rock in Central Australia. If you want to read more about that trip, you can use the search button and type in ‘uluru’. Although it is possible to climb Uluru, the traditional owners prefer that the rock isn’t climbed. It is a sacred place to them. Now, with the news that climbing will be banned in October 2019, dozens of tourists are flocking to the rock to climb it before the ban takes place. Numbers of visitors to the world heritage listed site are up 20% on the previous financial year. Direct air flights from Darwin and Adelaide to Ayers Rock since April have also allowed easier access to the site. Since the 1950s, there have been 37 confirmed deaths. Accommodation facilities have been booked out and people are camping illegally wherever they can find a space. The climb will close on 26 October, exactly 34 years since Uluru was given back to the traditional owners.
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@LadyDuck (230435)
• Switzerland
12 Jul
If it is sacred to them, the ban makes sense. Too many tourists are destroying beautiful places around the world.
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
Yes, we can still enjoy it's beauty and spiritual being without climbing on it.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
That's true. In one way it's nice to share such natural attractions but then it becomes too popular and problems develop.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
@valmnz Exactly. Why climb all over it?
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jul
I didn't know people climbed it. If it's a sacred site, it should be banned from climbing.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
I think so too. The views of the indigenous people were never considered once. Gradually that is changing now.
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jul
@JudyEv I'm glad it is.
@Sojourn (5910)
• India
12 Jul
I guess this is a right move by the Australian government. Will this cause the illegal hiking to stop?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
Once the ban comes in, no-one will be able to climb it.
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@Bensen32 (4848)
• United States
12 Jul
That is kind of sad they are closing it but I can understand if it is an issue of nature being destroyed by the visitors.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
People can still visit and there is just as much pleasure in that. They don't need to climb it to enjoy it.
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@Bensen32 (4848)
• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv Oh ok I miss understood, I thought they were closing it all together and you couldn't even get to see it.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
@Bensen32 I think it brings in too many tourist dollars to ever be closed completely.
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• United States
12 Jul
i'm glad to hear that such's gonna be closed to the public. wonderin' why such aint gonna happen 'til late october?? i've 'lways felt strongly fer the native peoples to've their lands 'n sacred places returned. we do battle here'n new mexico quite oft fer such. tryin' to keep the oil/minin' 'ndustries out, not so much visitors.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
Indigenous groups have a lot of trouble trying to keep their sacred sites out of the hands of others - or even just their lands.
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• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv yes ma'am, that's a huge chunk 'f troubles here'n the u.s. 'f course, some 'f the tribes 've cashed'n, too. encouragin' such'n 'xchange fer $$ to fill there greed. 'tis jest awful coz then they claim fowl play.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I'm sure our countries have similar problems. The indigenous here often can't agree among themselves so that makes any negotiations very difficult.
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
I thought that climbing was already forbidden. I am glad that this is being put into place to protect it.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
At one time they were going to stop once the percentage dropped to x (some figure I can't remember) but now they've set a date on it.
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
13 Jul
@JudyEv that is good to hear.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
@valmnz Why people feel the need to climb all over it is beyond me.
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@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jul
People are taking advantage of the time to climb that rock. Maybe it’s their faith that let them do this.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
I doubt it means much to anyone except the aborigines and they don't want to climb it.
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@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jul
@JudyEv Like what? A success?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
@JustBhem I'm not sure what you mean. I guess non-aborigines think they've done something wonderful if they manage to climb the rock. It isn't an easy climb.
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@rebelann (50965)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jul
I'm glad the ban will be in place, at least some indigenous people will get to keep their holy lands. I wish they'd do the same here for the Native Americans who lost so much.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
The colonists did some terrible things in the name of settlement.
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@DianneN (122373)
• United States
12 Jul
That's wise to close it. Many tourist attractions around the world have been banned to protect the sites.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
Sometimes, it seems there are just too many people in the world
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@DianneN (122373)
• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv Many are careless and don’t value what is before their eyes.
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@Tampa_girl7 (31201)
• United States
12 Jul
It looks like an incredibly tough climb.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
There have been a few who've had heart attacks trying to climb it.
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@Tampa_girl7 (31201)
• United States
13 Jul
@JudyEv that's sad.
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@JohnRoberts (85122)
• Los Angeles, California
12 Jul
I doubt I would have climbed it. The site is a pain to get to.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
It is indeed. Lots of groups run tours out to it now. We thought it was pretty close to Alice Springs but it's 500kms between the two!
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@snowy22315 (70527)
• United States
12 Jul
I didn't know climbers were allowed on it in the first place.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
They've been climbing it for years. At one point they put in the pegs to try to prevent accidents.
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@DocAndersen (5733)
12 Jul
I remember going there, although we didn't climb it (15 years ago). Amazing great picture by the by!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
It's pretty special, isn't it? Did you walk round the base? I was going to add a photo but adding photos doesn't seem to be on the agenda this morning. I couldn't add one to a new post either
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
13 Jul
I wonder how many will be arrested after the deadline date for no climbing?
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
It will be interesting to see if people still try to climb it.
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
14 Jul
@JudyEv I'm sure there will be a rebel or two.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul
@kareng Because of the numbers, they are thinking of closing the path off early and they are going to employ more rangers to enforce the climbing ban.
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@moffittjc (56776)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jul
Well, that is good information to know! I actually never knew that people could climb the rock. I always thought it was not allowed. But then again, I really know nothing about Uluru. Probably the extent of my knowledge is from reading anything you have posted about it!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
In that case, the extent of your knowledge probably isn't very great - but you said that yourself, didn't you? :)
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@moffittjc (56776)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul
@JudyEv Judy, all I know about Australia I learned from you and Crocodile Dundee! And Crocodile Dundee didn't really teach me anything. So please, keep educating me!
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul
@moffittjc No problem. I will be your Aussie guru!
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@responsiveme (23357)
• India
13 Jul
If it is sacred then I understand why tourists are not welcome. It looks magnificent .
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
I'm sure you've seen other photos of it but I'll put one here.
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• India
18 Jul
@JudyEv magnificent
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@kepweng (24667)
• United States
16 Jul
Do u still do mountain climbing
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jul
No, I've never done mountain climbing.
@hereandthere (37647)
• Philippines
13 Jul
i'm glad it's going to stop. in some places, tourists/pilgrims even take pieces home as souvenirs. also, i hope the illegal camping and increasing influx until october won't leave the rock and surrounding areas ruined.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jul
In Knock in Ireland they had to fence off an old stone building as people kept taking rocks from it. They are clamping down on the illegal camping thank goodness
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@Corbin5 (149360)
• United States
12 Jul
That is amazing that so many want to climb that rock before the climbing is forbidden. I can understand that the owners want the rock to remain sacred.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
It would be nice if people would respect the site.
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• United States
12 Jul
Why is it that when it is said that you can't do something after such and such a date then it becomes more popular? Guess it's human nature.
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@JudyEv (164246)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul
I'd like to know that too. As you say, I guess it's just human nature - wanting what we can't have!