89-year-old Anne Lorimor of Paradise Valley, Arizona, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and this is her second time! Anne had already set the record as the oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro a few years ago when she was 85 until another woman, 86-year-old Angela Vorobeva of Russia, broke her record. However, Lorimor reclaimed her title as the oldest woman and also became the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro by successfully reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. She broke the record of 88-year-old American Dr Fred Distelhorst as the oldest person to climb the mountain.
This senior woman, although an avid hiker, was not a professional mountain climber. She didn’t let that stop her in her quest to conquer the 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Nevertheless, she persisted, making the trip in nine days.
The reason to climb the mountain was not only inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s short story ‘The snows of Kilimanjaro’, but the need to build awareness of underserved children and youth. Lorimor founded Creating Exciting Futures in 2016 to empower and benefit at-risk youth. “I show kids their options and give them the tools to grow and lead productive lives and live a life they love, then, they can give back (to others in need),” said Lorimor.