We know not everybody is happy with our decision to climb Uluru but we hope that you can see from Matt’s post on the matter that it was not a decision we made easily (in fact much more difficult than we expected once we were actually there!) and we tried to tread as lightly as possible – being sure to keep on the marked path and leave no rubbish or toilet waste as we went and to take the climb seriously and stay safe (these along with the obvious sacred nature of the site are the most common issues with climbing the rock). We don’t regret doing the climb – it was an amazing experience – one that I will never forget and I know Jack and Matt never will either! It was very hard work – especially for those with no climbing experience like ourselves and I really had to give myself a talking to a few times to keep going as it was soooooo high and breathtaking. We saw people doing the climb in ugg boots and thongs which was just crazy!!!! It was our last day at Uluru before I tackled the climb early one morning on my own – mostly because I just couldn’t not climb – I didn’t think I would ever get the chance to do something again like that in my life. I had a good little chat to Uncle Murray who just happened to call my mobile just as I reached the top and sat down! Hehehehe – nice to share the moment Uncle Murray!
Anyway – we wanted to share some photos and a short video of our experience – it was beautiful and so very different up there – it almost felt like we were on the moon. Jack really is so proud of the fact that he did it – something he and Matt will share forever – they were both on a high that afternoon – a shared moment that I hope you can tell from Matt’s post – was a real father/son bonding experience.
We can definitely see why Uluru is such a sacred place for the Aboriginal people and it will live forever in our family memories now also.