The climb by golftragic

The climb

Climbing Uluru has been a very popular activity for many years despite the dangers. People have been seriously injured some have died, but the climbers are undeterred. However, the 1.6Km climb will be banned by the traditional owners from late October this year. The approaching climb deadline has brought a rush of people who want to beat the ban.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-01/uluru-climbs-banned-after-unanimous-board-decision/9103512
The size of the people really give perspective as to how large this formation actually is.
July 24th, 2019  
@chejja Makes you feel like an ant.
July 24th, 2019  
Scale is fantastic -- the people say it all. When we were there it was not that crowded at all. And no viewing area -- we just walked around anywhere. I'm sure that was a horrible situation for the indigenous people.
July 24th, 2019  
They look so tiny...but so many of them
July 24th, 2019  
@taffy You can walk around anywhere, including right round the rock, but views from the best aspect are mostly from the 'official' area. There are some indigenous taboos on photographing large parts of one side of Uluru, another reason why this view is the 'standard' one. As for the climb, a fairly high proportion of those climbers are overseas tourists.
July 24th, 2019  
@jgpittenger Lots of people rushing in before the ban takes place.
July 24th, 2019  
They look like ants! Reminds me of the recent Everest image with queues of people climbing. I have never understood the need. I know countries need tourism but we do such damage in the process!
July 24th, 2019  
Great capture, the people really show the scale of it and look like ants.
July 24th, 2019  
Do they have to pay to climb Uluru?
July 24th, 2019  
Now I have the answer, you can even walk on it. Could be slippery.
July 24th, 2019  
I climbed up in my 20,s Don't want to do it again! It IS dangerous!!
July 24th, 2019  
What a fabulous image for a sense of scale! It must be like Queen St at the top with all those people...
July 24th, 2019  
Beautiful shot but I’m surprised it took so long to be banned ( october) ; because when we visited 20 years ago, we were strongly discouraged to climb it not only because it is dangerous but they told us it was a very important ‘holy’ site for the originaliteit inhabitants ?
July 24th, 2019  
Terrific angle! Oh! Is that you I see half way up - ha ha :) fav
July 24th, 2019  
Glad they close the climb, it has become another tourist spectacle and no respect shown towards the Aborigines and their believes.
July 24th, 2019  
Great pov. Is the view so much better from the top ? Is it not even more dangerous to come down than to climb up ?
July 24th, 2019  
@pamknowler I'm with you on all counts. I recently saw a shot of this whopping long procession of people queued up to 'summit' on Everest. I don't get it, and it's darned dangerous up there. If I have to queue I'd prefer it to be for coffee.
July 25th, 2019  
@ludwigsdiana Yep, ants, and far too many of 'em.
July 25th, 2019  
@onewing Good question Babs. I don't know, but suspect not.
July 25th, 2019  
@yaorenliu I believe it's a pretty hard climb and quite dangerous. People have died doing it.
July 25th, 2019  
@robz Yeah, all that effort and you could've stood in that crowd down the bottom of the rock instead. I don't get it.
July 25th, 2019  
@momamo There was some kind of deal done to phase it out somehow when the management of the rock was changed so the local indigenous people had the powers. It is definitely dangerous, people have died doing that climb.
July 25th, 2019  
@gilbertwood Nah, that's me up the top with a cold beer.
July 25th, 2019  
@angelikavr 'Tourist spectacle' describes the scene very well. Personally, I've never had the urge to climb the rock.
July 25th, 2019  
@etienne I have no idea of the view Etienne, I've never been up there. But it's a dangerous climb, and yes, coming down is more dangerous. Most of these people swarming up there have no real idea about the safety aspects.
July 25th, 2019  
Great use of scale. Lovely details. Fabulous capture.
July 25th, 2019  
@haskar Thanks Haskar, I can't imagine why all these people want to do that climb.
July 26th, 2019  
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