Great-grandma climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro. That is a not a headline you expect to see every day. Or ever, if I’m being perfectly honest. And yet there it was, staring at me from the computer screen, challenging my own meagre achievements.
There is a multitude of people around the world doing amazing things and achieving the (seemingly!) impossible. Yet I never fail to be impressed every time I come across one of these stories.
This week’s inspiration is Anne Lorimor, the 85-year old great-grandmother from Arizona who has just become the oldest person to summit at Mt. Kilimanjaro, proving it’s never too late to climb your mountain, real or proverbial. She has also beaten lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy, completing this climb unassisted despite coming down with a flu. That is one cool lady!
The climb takes 8 days and is a challenging route for anyone, let alone a senior citizen. The final ascent on Day 6 leaves late at night and you climb in the dark, when it’s very cold and windy. Do you know any 85-year-olds that wake up in the middle of the night to reach the summit of a mountain on another continent? People who don’t let their age stop them form living their dreams give me hope for humanity.
To learn more about the route, visit this page.
For the full story on Anne’s climb, this article is very detailed and a great read.