The climb route was closed due to
the weather - not surprising really, considering the amount of
rain that had fallen.
The Anangu people (the local Aboriginal tribe) own the
land around Uluru & Kata Tjuta and operate the
national park in association with Parks Australia (the Australian
Government's national parks agency). The Anangu also
run the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. So
after admiring the rock, we headed off to the Cultural Centre to
learn more about it.
Whilst the Anangu do not prohibit people from climbing the
rock, they do prefer you not to climb. In the centre they
explain why the rock is sacred to them and how they prefer to educate
people into not climbing rather than banning it. I have to
say that I was convinced at the end of the explanations and had
now decided not to climb the rock.