Anne Lorimor, 89 becomes the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro was recently climbed by an 89-year-old great-grandmother, who became the oldest person to do it.

Anne Lorimor isn’t a professional climber, yet she climbed to the top of the world’s largest free-standing mountain and descended in nine days.

Lorimor explained, “There was a time where I was extremely worried because I fell before I began up the mountain and I felt a lot of pain in my side and couldn’t take deep breaths.”

Lorimor has climbed the 19,340-foot peak in Tanzania for the second time. She had her first attempt four years ago, when she was 85 years old.

She was the world’s oldest woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at the time. But then her record was broken.

“Last year, I planned to do it, but it was done by a man who was a year or two older than me. No, I’m not going to be the oldest person, I said. So I waited till this year “Lorimer said.

Her aim, she explained, was to raise funds for Creating Exciting Futures, a charity she founded to assist impoverished kids.

How did she do it and which route did she use?

Anne and seven others climbed Kilimanjaro using the Rongai Route, which is the only route that reaches the summit from the north, on July 12, 2019. The journey took nine days from base to peak to base, and when they arrived at the summit, they performed a special celebratory dance.

Finally, on July 18, 2019, Anne arrived to Uhuru Peak, where she was able to see the snowcapped mountains and the true curvature of the globe, but the most exciting part was hearing her nephew proclaim that she had broken the world record.

She finished her journey without the use of oxygen or any other artificial assistance.

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