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Australia Uluru climb closure 2019: Why these Australians flocked to climb the rock

00:25  24 october  2019
00:25  24 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Despite objections from Aboriginal traditional owners, thousands of Australians have flocked to Uluru to climb the rock before it officially closes this week. We travelled to Uluru to ask a few of them why they decided to make the journey.

Australians flock to climb Uluru ahead of climbing ban on October 26. Dramatic pictures show Aussies have flocked to climb Uluru ahead of a ban later this month, with one tourist For Anangu traditional owners, although they welcome tourists, the rock is of great spiritual significance and.

a group of people that are talking on a cell phone: Marie Masters said she had always wanted to see and climb Uluru. (ABC News: Samantha Jonsher)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Marie Masters said she had always wanted to see and climb Uluru. (ABC News: Samantha Jonsher)

Drew Martin will be one of the last people permitted on the Uluru climb before it is permanently closed from October 26.

His mother's great-uncle climbed the rock in 1933 and he said that was why he wanted to make the trek.

While Mr Martin's journey up the rock comes in spite of the objections of Anangu traditional owners, he said he "respects their right" to close the climb.

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25, 2019 . ULURU , Australia — The creation stories of the Anangu people are sacred. While most Australians support the Anangu’s decision, climbers have flocked to Uluru , also known as Some people who say the rock should remain open to climbing argue that it is part of a national park and

"I'm not annoyed they are closing it," Mr Martin said.

"But at the same time there's a little bit of family history there.

"My mum's great-uncle Charles Mountford climbed the rock in approximately 1933 as an anthropologist to study Indigenous people in this area in the MacDonnell ranges.

"I've read several of his books and I know the locals did take him up on the rock and showed him all the Dreamtime spots and all the places of significance for their culture."

After the handback of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the Anangu in 1985, the park erected signs asking tourists not to climb out of respect for traditional owners, although the climb remained open.

A decade ago, the park board of management said it would "work towards closure" once fewer than 20 per cent of visitors were making the climb.

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Uluru climb closure 2019 : Why these Australians flocked to climb the rock . Despite objections from Aboriginal traditional owners, thousands of Australians have flocked to Uluru to climb the rock before it officially closes this week.

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That threshold was met in 2016 and plans for the closure of the climb were announced a year later.

The board stated they felt climbing Uluru was disrespectful to the spiritual significance of the landmark and the safety risks posed by the climb were too great.

'Most people are here out of respect'

Mr Martin, who travelled to Uluru from Renmark with his daughters Jessica and Amy, said he wanted to ensure his family climbed the rock while they still could.

"I hadn't climbed it yet, so I thought great opportunity to take the girls up before they close it," he said.

"I'm glad that I've climbed it now. It's just as a physical challenge, really. It is an amazing place."

Mr Martin said he believed many were climbing the rock out of "respect".

"Most people are actually here out of some sort of respect for Aboriginal culture," he said.

"They want to see the geological significance of it and the rest of it, but I would've thought that most people are here have some sort of respect."

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But There’s More to This Australian Story. 2019 -10-26 2019 -10-26. Uluru climb ban raises tourists' questions. We travelled to Uluru to ask a few of them why they decided to make the journey.His mother's great-uncle climbed the rock in 1933 and he said that was why he wanted to make the trek.

Australians flock to climb Uluru ahead of climbing ban on October 26. Dramatic pictures show Aussies have flocked to climb Uluru ahead of a ban later this month, with one tourist For Anangu traditional owners, although they welcome tourists, the rock is of great spiritual significance and

Mr Martin said the media attention around the climb closure could promote wider Indigenous cultural awareness in Australia.

"If they can get a voice to educate us all and build respect, then I think that's good," he said.

'I did feel a little bit guilty'

Marie Masters, who travelled from Melbourne to climb Uluru, said she had wanted to visit and climb the rock all her life.

She said the impending closure of the climb was the "tipping point" for her decision to make the journey.

"I think everybody wants to see Uluru once in their life," she said.

"And when they say they're closing, you always want to do something you've wanted to do all your life."

"It's a part of the bucket list that has to happen for [my] personal development, and spiritual development."

When she ascended Uluru, Ms Masters said she was overcome by a spiritual reverence to the rock and to the Anangu people — so much so that she knelt down and kissed the surface.

She did, however, say that she felt "guilty" after hearing of the Anangu's objections to the climb.

"I understand that, but I think each person needs to take responsibility for how they do things and to do them properly and with respect," she said.

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Why is the climb being closed ? In 2017, the board of the Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park voted Image caption Aboriginal elders have long argued people should not be allowed to climb the rock . The climb 's closure is not expected to significantly affect visitor rates to the national park, officials

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"I feel I did that today, maybe some other people don't.

"It's their land, and we should be playing by their rules, definitely.

"I did feel a little bit guilty … but I just had to."

'This is their Christmas present'

Colton Tooth's journey from Grafton to Uluru was inspired by hearing reports of the climb's closure.

He decided a pilgrimage to Uluru would make for the perfect Christmas gift for his large family.

"I've got five kids, and nine family members here — it's our first family holiday in a long time," he said.

"Last year we had Christmas and didn't know what to buy the kids — it's all just material stuff — and thought: next year, we're going to have an experience.

"So this is their Christmas present."

He said he believed the climb was a quintessentially Australian experience.

"We're Aussies, so we've come to climb the rock," he said.

'We thought, why not'?

Melissa Cuthbert, who travelled to Uluru with her daughter, said she made the trek to "check out the culture and check out the rock" before the climb closed.

"We thought, why not? Do some exercise, see some culture. It's a bit different to home," she said.

Ms Cuthbert said she had gained awareness of objections to the climb on her way to Uluru, but still decided to go ahead and make the climb.

"We were actually talking to people on the drive here, meeting people along the way saying they didn't want to climb," she said.

"I get their point of view … As long as we respect the area around here, do the right thing, and not leave too much of a footprint it should be OK."

Victor Prados-Valerio, who travelled from Sydney, said he believed it was possible make the climb while respecting the wishes of traditional owners.

"I have wanted to do it for a while," he said.

"It was worth it.

"I understand why it's closing, and totally respect that, actually. But I thought: look, it's still open. Do it. Done."

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