AYERS ROCK (ULURU)
This is Australia's big red center. The dominant feature is
Ayers Rock, although the proper Aborigine name is Uluru.
It is part of Uluru National Park, now Aboriginal land. The
rock changes shades of red depending upon the sun's
position. If you missed it, check out this picture near Sunset.
With help from the sun, Uluru displays a brilliant red.
Climbing the rock presents a variety of problems. First,
Uluru is sacred to the Aborigines who discourage any
climbing. Second, you are looking at the easy part of the trail,
which includes a chain fence used for leverage and to avoid
falling. Several would-be climbers have fallen off and died.
Climbing begins at dawn to avoid the heat. I got most of the
way up, before confronting a vertical rock wall that was
impossible for me to scale. The Great Wall of China was much
easier for me to get all the way up than Uluru.
These are the Olgas, smaller than Uluru, but still the
rock's most impressive neighbors.
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