Awe struck at Ayers Rock
Climbers on Ayers Rock
Gidday! I finally got back home to write a few lines about how amazing my experience was climbing Uluru (aka Ayers Rock). I did have a little thought deep inside if I should really climb due to the controversy surrounding it. But I really wanted to climb considering the fact that I would have come a very long way (from New Zealand).
Well, the time arrived and boy! A simple assymetrical rock but it draws visitors from all over the world... standing out in the middle of nowhere so majestically!
After the sunrise, we (there were 5 of us) set out to climb the rock and it wasn't easy. I am into a lot of outdoor stuff like hiking, kayaking over here in NZ but the climb was no easy task. I think more than a physical thing, you need to be prepared mentally.
At one point, I was completely exhausted after the "almost vertical" climb of the steep rock but was determined to accomplish my mission. It took me about an hour or so to get up to the summit. What a gorgeous view of the desert from there and the sister rocks - Kata Tjuta!!
And then we began to descend, which I thought was way more challenging than going up. We fought the force of gravity, the wind and the physical form of the rock which made it harder but finally finished the whole climb in under 2.5 hours.
I cried and kissed the ground! I had an emotional moment there with the rock in front of me I set my foot on, smiling at me saying "will see you again in the future"
What a challenge it was but definitely worth it. I now wish I could stay somewhere close to Uluru so that I can climb it pretty much every day and stay fit.
I will definitely come back next year and try to beat my time!
Photo by Lyndi & Jason
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