Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part IVAustralia & Pacific | Ricky | September 3, 2009 at 10:05 am
The Urulu or Ayers Rock is the second biggest monolithic formation globally, following Mount Augustus that is also located in Australia. Nearly twenty-five kilometres from Uluru, is yet another consecrated rock formation called the Kata Tjuta that means ‘several heads’ also known as ‘the Olgas’ that got the name due to Queen Olga from Württemberg during 1872.
The rock layers that constitute Uluru are thought to be nearly of the similar age and origin as the one at Kata Tjuta, in spite of the varying nature of the rocks found in them. The Urulu rock strata are virtually vertical, plummeting to the south-west direction at an 85 degree angle, having a bare thickness of nearly 2,400metres.
There are exceptional viewing locales that are accessible by road and parking being built to enable sightseers to partake in the finest sights of both sites during sunrise and sunset. The highly popular activities undertaken at Urulu are climbing it. Though the native Anangu community refrain from climbing it as they hold it in utter reverence, appealing even sightseers to abstain from scaling it, evident in the signposts put up to this effect.
Nevertheless, as Uluru is presently on lease as a national park to Australia the tourists can freely ascend the rock. The sheer climb to the crest of the Ayers Rock consumes more than an hour in the arid climatic conditions with sound fitness levels, proper climbing gear and plentiful water being the pre-requisite. About the base of the Urulu there are several disaster-management radio alarms set at varying locations to cope with any injury or aggravated health conditions.
The climb is believed to tread upon a crucial dreaming trail that has been a perennial reason of sorrow and anguish amongst its time-honoured owners. Nonetheless, the natives are incapable of proscribing the climb as it is a top attraction among visitors that turn up in hoards annually for this reason. A rope for support has been incorporated for making the climb undemanding, yet it is a lengthy and precipitous climb with scores of climbers letting go of their intentions partway to ascend it. Numerous fatalities cited annually are directly correlated to climbing the rock, mostly due to cardiac arrest.
As the day progresses and the atmospheric conditions change, the rock spectacularly metamorphoses colours ranging from varied hues of blue, violet to radiant red. Scores of eager shutterbugs lay base here for days on end to get the best photo-ops to record the myriad colour variations of the Urulu, a once in a lifetime experience, not to be missed out.