Anne Lorimor, 89, Becomes Oldest Person To Climb Kilimanjaro

Arizona great-grandmother, Anne Lorimor, has become the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimnajaro (19,341 feet), aged 89!

Lorimor originally climbed Kilimanjaro in July 2015, becoming (at the time) the oldest women to summit the Roof of Africa at age 85.

However her record wasn’t held for long before another avid hiker, Angela Vorobeva, summited Kili in October 2015 aged 86 years and 267 days.

This record was shortly followed by Dr Fred Distelhorst who in 2017 became the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro at age 87.

Not to be deterred by these record-setting octogenarians, Lorimor set her sights on another summit climb this year.

She embarked on her journey from Paradise Valley, Arizona, to Tanzania earlier this month, and successfully reached the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m) on the morning of the 18th July 2019.

Lorimor’s summit bid got off to a shaky start as she fell just before the climb, and had pain on her side throughout the hike.

She took the only Northern approach to Kilimanjaro, called the Rongai Route. This is a relatively tough route with a steep final ascent that challenges even the hardiest of adventurers.

Despite the injury, the retired university instructor managed to push on through, digging deep to find the reserves to summit Africa’s highest peak.

In 2004 Lorimor founded the charity, Creating Exciting Futures, which helps support under-served.

Although not a professional mountaineer, her aim as stated on her website says: “If I combine my love of climbing mountains with my passion for helping kids, what could be better?”

We are super impressed with Anne’s achievement and can only hope she holds onto this record for many more years to come!


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