Uluru, Australia’s famous sandstone monolith in the Northern Territory, will soon be off-limits to climbers, so tourists are rushing to hike the UNESCO World Heritage site before the ban takes effect on October 26.
Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people, who have been asking visitors to refrain from scrambling all over it. “Anangu have a duty to safeguard visitors to their land,” explained Ayers Rock Resort. “They feel great sadness if visitors to their land are killed or injured.” Because climbing Uluru is very challenging, the site is no stranger to death and injuries. According to The Guardian, 37 people have died there since the 1950s.