Today’s news includes a story from the BBC about the possibility of creating a permitted route for people who want to climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Uluru is sacred to the Aboriginal people of the region, and it’s been illegal to climb it for several years. The number of people climbing it has declined over recent years: I’m therefore a bit mystified as to why there’s now a need for an approved route.
My own opinion is that people should respect the wishes and beliefs of the Aborigines, and should not be clambering all over it. I know that I like to stand on top of hills and mountains, but this is sacred, it’s part if a much more ancient heritage and belief system than that found anywhere else on earth. Climbing on it, intruding on it, is just not right.