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Uluru

Australia’s sacred summit

WHEN ASKED WHY HE WAS CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST, George Mallory famously answered, “Because it’s there.” Australians, when asked why they don’t climb their land’s most notable natural feature, might answer, “Because it’s theirs.” On Oct. 26, Uluru, the brutal red inselberg almost smack bang in the center of the continent, was officially closed to climbers,

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