Ayers Rock in The Kata Tjuta National Park

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Ayers Rock in The Kata Tjuta National Park

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I admit that sometimes I act without thinking excessive about the consequences. This caused me already several problems during my life.

As you recognize I spent already a couple of days in Uluru. One morning, after with the pros and cons I decided to climb the Rock.

I report that you seriously think it over before carrying it out.

Ayers Rock is very large, majestic. It commands respect. It’s 348 metres high; just like a 95 story building. The track to the top level is essentially 1.6 km long. It’s perilous and treacherous. If you are in top physical conditions it should take more or less 3 hours to perform the “expedition”. The first part has a chain. You can wait to it as well as help you immensely. It is really a tiresome climb therefore you need for being prepared. If you don’t feel 100% it is best to give up and stay happy with your final decision: people died here.

About 34 people lost their lives, due to the fact of cardiac arrest. A few people got hurt.

Do take into account the heat.

Another hazardous factor is brought on by the wind.

I got there at the beginning of the morning. I did not wish to accomplish my mission in the heart of the day due to rising temperatures. I had a couple of good trainers, plus a bottle of water as well as a wind-breaker around my little backpack, in the event.There were manufactured people around.

I viewed the sky. It was blue, much less windy either. I started climbing. It was not as fundamental as I thought. I used the chain continuously trying not to appear down.

Sometimes I had to prevent to catch my breath.

I remembered clearly that I needed to avoid grabbing something in the event it fell. It could be fatal.

The ascent is tough, steep and, on occasion, scary. I used also my hands to climb if your help with the chain had not been available anymore. Sometimes I stopped to seem around. In the distance I could see the Olgas or Kata Tjua, which suggests literally ‘many heads’ in Aboriginal.

It is often a group of large, domed rock formations much less far from The Rock.

I was nearly there. I could see some little pools of waters all-around. Obviously it had rained recently. I noticed a number of clouds in the night sky. The temperature dropped a bit.

I finally reached the very best. The scenery was amazing. Awesome! I walked around, there is a huge distance of red soil throughout me. I could see the round model of planet earth. I had the sense that I was alone on the globe. It was a really intense. The immensity as well as the loneliness with the environment made my heart sink.

I spent a half-hour on the very best. It was time to descend. There were not many people around me. The weather suddenly changed. The sky was grey plus it became colder.

I thought: “I hope it is not about to rain because in cases like this I could take trouble.”

I started move downwards. It was much less difficult but sometimes I were forced to sit and go lower like that… in this little bum…

I been able to reach the chain, finally. At that stage it begun to rain. The rock underneath my feet became slippery. I got scared. I had good trainers yet not good enough basic a weather. I looked down. Fear: that had been what I experienced. It maintained on raining. Now my feet could don’t hold on to the floor. I stopped. I looked down again. There a small number of people.

I saw a person waiving at me. He begun to climb. He must have noticed that I was facing some difficulties. After a while he reached me. Yes, he saw that I was having serious problems. He laughed and said that he is assigned to a rescue group within his hometown, he was only on holiday presently and he showed up to help me. Lucky!

He had good climbing and tracking boots. He was quite strong and very tall. He was behind me. He laughed and said to put my feet before his, when he could keep hold of the ground without slipping.

We both retain the chain. Being robust my weight wouldn’t create him problems.

At that period it was seriously raining. What a tragedy to get there without any help I thought…

I will not remember just how long it took us to attain the ground underneath us, but finally we ended up there. I was delighted that it had been all over… He informed me that I ought to have considered the ascent seriously before beginning the climb, that I really should have been more careful.

I learned a lesson I am afraid… and I was very lucky… I was very grateful to him.

There is the one other reason why people shouldn’t go up Ayers Rock but not only because it’s dangerous. Uluro is really a sacred site plus the Aboriginal owners ask to respect their law instead of to climb it.

The climbing route can be a sacred path of spiritual significance which reaches just taken by few Aboriginal men on special occasions. At that point I hasn’t been aware of it. I really should have been more informed and much more respectful.

Marina Broglia.


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