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Great-Grandma Hikes Up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Comes Down Possible Record Holder

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 10, 2015

Great-Grandma Hikes Up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Comes Down Possible Record Holder

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Mount Kilimanjaro has nothing on this 85-year-old great-grandmother.

As KPHO/KTVK reports (h/t Time), Anne Lorimore has just completed a remarkable feat, scaling the imposing Tanzanian mountain at 85 years young and with the flu.

And this may just be a world record for mountain climbing. Spokesperson Tess Dumlao spoke with reporters and explained that Lorimore’s trek may soon become officially historic.

Dumlao states, via the report: “We are just waiting word from Guinness to make it official that she's the oldest woman to reach the summit. 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!”

ABC 15 profiled Lorimore in a June story as she prepared for the demanding trip and her place in history:

As the reports state, the octogenarian decided on the hike to both fulfill a lifetime dream and raise awareness for a cause particularly close to her heart.

Lorimore is the founder of Challenge for Youth, which KPHO states aims to “offer education and mentoring opportunities to underserved children and teens, particularly foster and orphaned children, as well as homeless youth.”

Lorimore managed to not only raise funds but to inspire anyone who happens upon her truly wonderful story.

The most astounding aspect of which is that Lorimore reportedly came down with the flu on the fourth day of her expedition.

Now let that sink in as you recall the week you spent bedridden with a touch of the same illness.

Yet here she is today, waiting for the official nod from Guinness. Well, we don’t need a certificate to embrace what is assuredly an extraordinary feat.

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