An 89-year-old woman from Phoenix, Arizona, has become the oldest to climb Africa’s highest mountain.
Anne Lorimor, a former university instructor, reached the summit earlier this month after a nine-day trek. Anne climbed for Creating Exciting Futures, her own charity that she founded to support disadvantaged youth.
This is actually not the first time she’s reached the summit, either, having previously climbed it just four years ago with her niece and nephew. On that occasion she became the oldest woman to have reached the summit, as recorded on our record Kilimanjaro climbs page.
However, just a few months after her 2015 climb her place in the record books was lost when Russian octagenarian Angela Vorobeva reached the top aged 86 years and 267 days.
But her latest climb not only beats Angela’s record for being the oldest woman to reach the summit, but also eclipses the feat of the previous record holder for the oldest person to get to the top, Fred Distelhorst, from Vail, Colorado, who on July 20th 2017 climbed to Uhuru Peak at the age of 88.
Huge congratulations to Anne on her successful climb and new record.