Why climbing Ayers Rock is wrong

I’m conservative and I still call it Ayers Rock. I visited it in 2005 and my heart skipped a beat when I first saw it.

But did I try to climb it? No way! Aside from the fact I am not some sort of insane mountaineering type, there were signs all over the place from the traditional owners asking very nicely for people to respect their feelings and beliefs and to not climb it.

As Dale Carnegie might say, saying please can get you a long way.

After reading the signs, I was more than happy to both follow my own non adventurous instincts and to comply with the wishes of the owners and not climb it.

When I read some of the self absorbed views and see the photos in the attached article about some of the Instagram influencers and such people, I am just taken with how shallow they are. Who needs to be warned about the risks when the hosts are telling you very politely that it is dangerous and they don’t want you to get hurt and they don’t want you to hurt their feelings? Doing handstands on top of the rock is so insensitive.


Published by Ernest Zanatta

Narrow minded Italian Catholic Conservative Peasant from Footscray.

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