Anne Lorimore, an 85-year-old great-grandmother from Arizona, has made history by scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. Lorimore is believed to have been the oldest person to have climbed Africa’s highest mountain and is awaiting certification from Guinness officials.

“I’ve wanted to do it for a long time,” Lorimore said in June, according to KPHO via Time. “My niece and nephew were doing it, and I said, ‘Please, I want to go,’ and they said yes. So I put it down on my bucket list that by 2015, I was climbing Kilimanjaro.” In 2004, Lorimore founded the Challenge Youth Fund, which helps underprivileged children and teens receive education and mentoring. Her climb helped raise awareness and funds for the charity.

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During the journey, Lorimore got a bad case of the flu, but she still made it to the top like a boss.


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