One of the last people to descend Uluru before it was closed forever has broken his silence to claim that they have waited all day at the top to survive other climbers.
The man, who asked not to be called out of fear of retribution, was one of the last group of eight climbers who held hands when they stepped off the rock together shortly after 7 p.m. on October 25.
Climbing the old sandstone monolith was forbidden that day from 4 p.m. at the request of the local Aboriginals who have long asked tourists not to climb the holy place.
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The last group of tourists who were allowed to climb Uluru held hands when they stepped off the rock together quickly after 7 pm on October 25
Reports in the hours after the climb accused the last eight of having participated in a bizarre & # 39; slow-off & # 39; with dozens of others to be the last, but one of them has broken his silence to reject these claims
The debilitating climb was last opened around 10 am after delays due to strong winds, and hundreds took their last chance to tick off the experience from their bucket list.
Reports in the hours after the climb was closed, the last eight accused she and dozens of others of a bizarre & # 39; delay & # 39; had participated to be the last.
However, one of them said that only three of the last eight were in the morning storm and that they simply lost sight of the time and wanted to appreciate the breathtaking scenery for as long as possible.
& # 39; We knew we would never be there to enjoy the view and ever experience the atmosphere again – no one would do that & he said to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Many people from all walks of life, some as young as seven, made the pilgrimage up that steep slope knowing it was our last chance, rightly or wrongly, to do this.
& # 39; We will remember this day forever, not only because we have climbed a rock, but also the journeys we made to get there, the spiritual experience to get on it, and the friends we made during made the process. & # 39;
Earlier in the day, hundreds of tourists gathered to climb Uluru on the last day that scaling up the holy place was allowed before an official ban came into place at 4 p.m.
The American pilot Jayson Dudas, who traveled from Las Vegas to climb Uluru on time, was one of the last eight and one of only two who spoke to the media after the descent
The last group of climbers begins to descend from the rock after 6 p.m. and passes the summit before descending to the side
Some of the last eight climbers are standing on the heavy slope on the side of Uluru where a chain is needed to drag yourself up the 50-degree slope
The way they all held hands and at the same time jumped off the last stretch of the rock was also mocked by NITV host John Paul Janke, who called it a & # 39; ego trip & # 39; called.
& # 39; It's kind of selfish for those last climbers to make the event about them … it's very self-centered, & # 39; he said,
Janke also claimed that by waiting and descending so long as the sun went down, they endangered the two rangers who came down with them.
But the climber said they all decided to be equal last climbers, in recognition of the band they formed at the top, and to share the burden of being the last for so many waiting media.
& # 39; We all consulted at the end of the session and a man who climbed with his two teenage boys suggested that we all hold hands and jump off the last stretch of the rock so that we were all the last of Uluru , & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It was appropriate because we had all been together in this historic venture.
Rangers Ben Campbell and Lachlan Keeley, the last two on the rock, pose in front of the compass that marks the summit of Uluru, shortly before the last group descended
Rangers link arms and pose for a photo in the final hours of the climb that is open, in between searching for junk and lost climbers
A group of climbers, including some of the last who descended, pose for a photo in the belief that they were the last there. Later, however, at least 20 climbers arrived who had just reached the 16.00 mark
James Martin, dressed in a Superman shirt, walks off Uluru with the two rangers just before sunset
& # 39; The claim that we are endangering the rangers is absurd, the rangers were looking for trash and everyone left the main area that was lost (there were none) and while some of us thought we were going down , they arrived and chatted with us for a while and posed for photos.
& # 39; We finally suggested it was time to go, at no stage did they rush us until the last part of the descent when the sun went down.
& # 39; We decided to go out together, that would be more fun. Along the way we came across a few who had stopped to chat at different vantage points. & # 39;
The American pilot Jayson Dudas, who traveled from Las Vegas to climb Uluru in time, and & # 39; intense & # 39; Superman-shirt-wearing James Martin were the two of the eight who stayed for interviews.
The others include a lawyer and an international student from Singapore.
One of the last climbers, accompanied by his teenage sons, overlooks the view halfway down the descent
Last climbers carefully find their way through the rugged landscape of the rock as the sun sets
& # 39; We decided to go out together, that would be more fun. Along the way we came across a few who had stopped to chat at different vantage points, & # 39; the climber explained
The man said he understood that climbing Uluru was controversial, but the last dozens of climbers he saw respected the rock and made sure nothing was left behind
The sun sets over Uluru while the climbers descend further and a helicopter floats above their heads to ensure that no one is left behind
The man said he understood that climbing Uluru was controversial, but that the last dozens of climbers he saw respected the rock and made sure nothing was left behind.
& # 39; I understand that many tourists are not that attentive and that is a shame because it has ruined it for the rest & he said.
& # 39; Strangely enough, there was a Chinese film crew who seemed to be making a film with an actress who had walked the last 50 meters to the top at least five times. I thought this was a bit crazy. & # 39;
The climber described the difficult 1.6 km long route up Uluru, which has claimed 37 lives over the decades, mostly due to overload.
& # 39; The climb is a tough, tough experience and one of the hardest things I've done. Pulling yourself up to that first part where the slope is up to 50 degrees, while your body is screaming for mercy, is both exciting and stomach-beating, he said.
WHY DO ABORIGINAL PARENTS ASK FOR A PROHIBITION ON ULIMU CLIMBING?
In November 2017, it was announced that climbing Uluru, considered a holy place by the local Anangu people, would be prohibited from October 26, 2019.
The management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, consisting of a majority of traditional Aboriginal owners, decided unanimously to close the climb.
Traditional owner and chairman Sammy Wilson said on behalf of the Anangu people that it was time to do this.
& # 39; We've talked about it for so long and now we can finish the climb, & # 39; said Wilson. & # 39; It is about protection by combining two systems, the government and Anangu.
& # 39; This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to be proud of; to realize, of course it is correct to close it.
& # 39; The country has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to worry about, but a reason to celebrate. Let's come together, let's close it together.
& # 39; If I travel to another country and there is a holy place, an area with limited access, I do not enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We do not stop tourism, only this activity. & # 39;
Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – were returned to the Anangu people on October 26, 1985.
& # 39; Once you've passed, there are some other difficult parts, but these are much shorter. But of course everything is more difficult because you have spent the early climb.
& # 39; Especially since it was the last day, there was a lot of camaraderie between those who went down with water, muesli bars and encouraging words to those who are still on the road, offering to take down garbage and empty water bottles.
& # 39; We're all in it, fulfilling our dreams before it's too late and failure is not an option. & # 39;
He said that this companionship extended to the conversations they had at the top, because everyone appreciated the unique experience together.
& # 39; I met great people when I finally made it and we all have something of a band like the last one there, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The last one who made it was a father and his three children, the youngest seven, who started a few minutes before the closure of sixteen.
& # 39; So many people came through with their own stories about how and why they reached the top that day.
& # 39; Some were on vacation with the family or emptied their office job at the last minute, slept in rental cars & # 39; s of $ 150 a day and made it up as they went.
& # 39; We also talked about life and what majestic place the rock is and how we felt to be there. & # 39;
The climber said he refused to be interviewed after completing the climb and refused to be named, even while defending the group for this article, because many of his friends disagree with climbing Uluru.
& # 39; A few people made it clear how sad it was that we had this incredible experience, including the last one that had it, but don't feel we can share it with those closest to us and it must be some kind remain a secret, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I understand that the numbers get out of hand, as happens with so many sights when they become popular, so this was probably inevitable and that's a real shame.
& # 39; Yet the damage is not even visible. I hope it will be reopened one day for small groups led by Aboriginal guides. & # 39;
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