Scathing Backlash As Influencers And Tourists Rush To Climb Uluru
Uluru is closed to climbers forever after Friday marked the final day tourists could scale the landmark.
Frenzied visitors formed long lines at the foot of the rock as they prepared to climb for one last time.
Many climbers arrived only to be told they had to wait until winds dwindled and it was safe to proceed. The climb reopened at about midday and hundreds of climbers hurried upwards and onto the icon.
A total ban on the climb came into effect on Friday night after the board of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park unanimously voted to ban the climb back in 2017.
In the last week, thousands of people travelled to the red centre to climb the rock despite years of pleas from the Anangu people -- the custodians of Uluru -- not to do so.
Aboriginal Australians say Uluru holds sacred significance to them, and have long asked visitors to the site not to climb it.
This request was disregarded by many tourists and Australians alike, who believe they have the right to climb the rock.
Instagram Influencer Tegan McLellan received scathing backlash on social media after posting a photo where she performed a handstand on top of Uluru on Wednesday.
"We made it, words can not describe how amazing it was," McLellan captioned the series of images.
"This photo in particular highlights the disrespect you have shown to this sacred place. I suspect you'll fob this comment off, like all the others, but I truly hope that one day you'll reflect on your decision to pose, doing a handstand, in a place that is held in such reverence by so many people. Please think about this once you get over your initial defensive reaction," one person said on Friday.
"But you chose to ignore the pleas of the custodians of the land not to climb their sacred land. I guess that's not important when it comes to getting a bunch of pics for the gram," another said.
All evidence that people climbed Uluru will be removed by workers.
Poles, handrails and signs will be dismantled so the rock is preserved as close to its original state as possible.
In the last week, social media has been flooded photos of climbers smiling at the top of Uluru.
Most who shared a photo of their experience climbing Uluru marvelled at the rock's beauty and the vastness of the Australian outback.
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