Angela Vorobeva has become the oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro, aged 86 years 267 days. Vorobeva was born in Russia on the 4 February 1929.
The expedition began on 23 October 2015, departing from Londorossi Gate(2,360 m) on the Lemosho route, and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5,895m) at midday on 29 October 2015.
The team spent an hour at the summit celebrating the incredible achievement and appreciating the amazing views and scenery at the top of the Roof of Africa.
According to an interview she gave with Altezza (the company responsible for the trek), the summit push took 13 hours. Vorobeva complained of suffering from fatigue but managed to find the reserves and inspiration to push herself to the summit.
Her vital signs were excellent throughout the trek, with an oxygen saturation level of 89% and pulse rate of 70 near the summit.
Vorobeva lamented that the idea of turning back was never an option. At 4,000m she claims to have danced the tango with her guide, and at 5,000m experienced an incredible sunrise!
“The date for conquering Kilimanjarowas chosen for a reason”, Vorobeva explained.
“80 years ago I gave a promise to my sister Lydia that I would be travelling for both of us. My beloved sister was six years older than me, born in 1923. She died of pneumonia when she was only 12 years and 4 days old. I loved her dearly. It was her birthday on my summiting day. I dedicate this climb to her.”
Following the successful summit the group descended to Mweka Gate (1,640 m), where we believe much celebration was had.
Talking about her preparation, Vorobeva said this: “I walk a lot and rarely have problems with blood pressure. Every morning starts with exercising and a cold shower. I guess that was my only preparation.”
Angela’s amazing feat has been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records, where she now holds the record for being the oldest woman and person to climb Kilimanjaro!