Series of posts celebrating climbers of Ayers Rock.
#6 Arthur Groom the walker
Arthur Groome aged about 30. Photo Credit. Arthur Groome was a bushwalker, conservationist, photographer and nature writer. He was a founder of the National Parks Association of Queensland. He was known for his almost legendary ability to walk long distances, and his sense of humour. He had intended to walk the 550km from Tempe Downs to Ayers Rock and back alone but in the end was accompanied by Tiger Tjalkalyirri and two other Aboriginal guides for much of the journey.
Groome left Tempe Downs for Ayers Rock and the Olgas on 25 August 1947. The route was via Levi Range, Kings Canyon and the eastern end of Lake Amadeus. His party climbed the Rock on 4 September. He returned to Henbury Station via Mt Conner, Angus Downs and Mr Ormerod.
These are his notes on the Climb, fromI saw a strange land
Various writers have described Ayers Rock as difficult of ascent, when in reality it is a trained mountai…