The last people to climb Uluru have been lashed for their “ridiculous” behavior with the final eight descending the sacred rock together.
Speaking on NITV's special show to the closure of the climb, NITV correspondent and Anangu man Ryan Liddle and NITV host John Paul Janke described the behavior of the final group as “kind of selfish”.
A handful of people who scrambled to the top of Uluru on Friday morning.
“It was just ridiculous,” Mr Janke told the program.
“It’s very self-centred. Kind
The two men described the group of eight – who descended Uluru holding hands so they could all step off the sacred rock together – as a e little ego trip ”.
Footage shows the group of eight finishing the climb with huge smiles on their face.
One man wore a Superman shirt while another, who came down in the day, was holding in front of him a book about “Ayers Rock conspiracy theories” that claimed Parks Australia had lied about how many people were climbing the monolith.
The man in the Superman shirt, James Martin from Wodonga in Victoria, told the ABC he had climbed it three times in the past week.
Martin I don’t think it was important, be Mr Martin said.
Nature Mother Nature for what she is.
“My initial goal was to spend as much time on the rock as I could, so I got here as early as I could.
Mr Janke said the group’s delay at coming down from Uluru the safety at risk as well.
And technically, he reminded viewers, the two rangers who had followed the group of eight to make sure they came back, were the final people to do the climb.
Despite the peculiar behavior from the eight people, Mr Janke and Mr Liddle described the climb’s closure as the “right step in a brighter future for all Australians”.
Rangers also chopped down the signs at the base of Uluru asking people not to climb to the summit, instead of replacing it with a sign that read “permanent closure”.
The climb had been scheduled to open at 7am NT time but high winds kept the hundreds hoping to hike it the base for several hours.
After a midmorning assessment, rangers reopened the trek and visitors began scrambling to the top.
At 4pm, no new climbers were allowed to ascend, while those were already on the rock until sunset.
From now on, climbing will be punishable by a $ 6,300 fine.
Sammy Wilson, described the prohibition as a cause for celebration.
“If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it,” Wilson – a member of the Anangu tribe – said.
“It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity. ”