Great-Grandmother May Be the Oldest Person to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro

Anne Lorimor is waiting to be confirmed as the oldest person to summit Kilimanjaro.
Anne Lorimor is waiting to be confirmed as the oldest person to summit Kilimanjaro.Peter Martell / Getty

An 85-year-old great-grandmother became the oldest person in recorded history to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Anne Lorimor of Paradise Valley, Arizona, scaled the African mountain alongside her niece and nephew in an effort to raise money for Challenge Youth Fund, a children's charity she created to help disadvantaged kids. 

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"While I am not a professional climber, I've always enjoyed hiking. If I combine my interest in climbing with my passion for helping children, what could be better?" Lorimor told local news station KPHO in June, during her planning phase of the trip. The money she raises will go toward a new piano lab at a children's music academy that provides free lessons to kids in Phoenix.

She is awaiting word from Guinness World Records to validate the climb as a world record. "Her mountain guide has no doubt they will confirm that Anne is the oldest woman to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, as she has met all the requirements and got to the top unassisted and strong to her last step," spokeswoman Tess Dumlao told KPHO.

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