Lure of Australia’s Uluru hard to resist

The desire to climb up Uluru, the great red rock standing tall in heart of Australia’s desert region, is simply not easy to resist for many travelers, in spite of possible danger of displeasing the local Aboriginal people.

The Aboriginal people residing around the Uluru consider it a sacred monument, which has said to claimed lives of more than 35 individuals attempting to climb the red rock starting from late 1950s

A fairly small link-chain rail guides the climbers up the sharp vertical slopes of the rock formation, which were once termed as Ayers Rock. However, the original inhabitants and traditional community, who are connected to the site for tens of thousands of years, have reservation over the climbers.

A signboard displaying the words “Uluru is regarded as sacred in our traditions, It houses great knowledge,” is placed at the at the bottom of Uluru by traditional Anangu-owners.

“According our traditional customs and sect law climbing is prohibited. As the heritage custodians of the structure, we held responsible for your safety and well being. Number of people have lost their life or sustained injured inflicting pain and sadness to our community”.

It is estimated that around 3 lakhs people visit the region and their numbers deemed to dwindling every year. There is no data available on climbers.

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