Uluru Climb

Overview

Climbing Uluru Ayers Rock

The local Anangu request that visitors not climb the rock, partly due to the path crossing an important dreaming track, and also a sense of responsibility for the safety of visitors to their land. Climbing Uluru is a popular attraction for visitors. A chain handhold added in 1964 and extended in 1976 makes the hour long climb easier, but it is still a long and steep hike to the top. Over the years there have been deaths due to heart failure, as well as non-fatal heart attacks.

For safety's sake, please heed the following warnings. When you walk in the Park, or should you choose to climb Uluru, please remember:

Safety

Stay on the marked tracks at all times.
Always walk or climb with another person.
Carry and drink one litre of water for every hour you walk or climb in hot weather.
Wear sturdy, rubber-soled boots or shoes, a hat with a secure strap, a long sleeved shirt, and maximum protection sunscreen.
In very hot weather walk only in the coolest part of the day.
Do not climb or do a strenuous walk if you have: High or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights, or if you are not reasonably fit.
Do not try to retrieve things that have dropped or blown way from the climbing track.
Do not drink alcohol or eat a large meal before you walk or climb.
Obey all safety directions, notices and warning signs
If you feel ill or have been injured, stay where you are and tell someone to contact a Ranger.

Emergencies

Park Rangers can be contacted at any time by using any of the six emergency radio alarms located at:

Mala Walk carpark at the base of the Uluru (Ayers Rock) Climb;
The Valley of the Winds carpark at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas);
The emergency water tank on the 'T' intersection on the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta;
Walpa Gorge carpark at Kata Tjuta;
Kuniya Piti carpark at the eastern end of Uluru;
Kata Tjuta dune viewing area.
Look for the Emergency Radio Symbol :
(A white cross on a green background)

Safety information brochures containing further advice are available at the Park in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Closure of the Uluru Climb

For safety reasons the climb will be closed under certain circumstances.

Heat - closed at 8:00am if the forecast maximum temperature for Yulara is 36 degrees centigrade or more;
Wind - closed if the estimated wind speed at 2500ft is 25 knots or more;
Storms - closed if there is any storm activity between NW and SW closer than 50km to Uluru;
Rain - closed if there is a greater than 20% chance of rain in the next 3 hours;
Lightning - closed if there is a greater than 5% chance of thunderstorms in the next 3 hours;
Cloud - closed if cloud descends to or below the summit of Uluru;
Darkness - closed from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise;
Rescue - closed during all rescue operations on Uluru.
Cultural Reasons - closed upon request from Traditional Owners following a death or due to a cultural event or ceremony occurring.

The primary reasons for the closure of the climb are temperature and wind conditions during the Australian summer months.

Closure of the Valley of the Winds Walk - Kata Tjuta
The Valley of the Winds walk is an excellent alternative to climbing Uluru and offers views of the spectacular landscape from two lookout points along the track. Please beware that the walk is sometimes steep, rocky and difficult.

For safety reasons this walk is closed under the following cicumstances:

Heat - closed at from 11.00am from Karu lookout if the forecast maximum temperature for Yulara is 36 degrees centigrade or more;
Darkness - closed from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise;
Rescue - closed during all rescue operations.

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