Think you’re too old to climb Kilimanjaro? According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is Angela Vorobeva from Russia who reached the summit aged 86 years and 267 days.

Having successfully climbed Kilimanjaro on multiple occasions, I think this is an unbelievable achievement. I’m sure there was a lot of training involved but what I love most about the feat, it proves that “where there’s a will there’s a way”. Don’t ever be afraid to chase your dreams, “being too old” is only an excuse.

Photos courtesy of Guinness World of Records.

Angela’s achievement caps a 5 year period in which the record has been broken several times:

  • August 2015: Anne Lorimor (USA), aged 85.
  • October 2014: Robert Wheeler (USA), aged 85.
  • September 2012: Martin and Esther Kafer (Canada), aged 85 and 84 respectively.
  • September 2010: Bernice Buum, aged 83.

Impressively, this wasn’t Angela’s toughest challenge, having survived the Siege of Leningrad in 1944, Kilimanjaro was some-what a walk in the park. 

About the author

Nate is an adventurer, keynote speaker and responsible tourism expert with a serious case of 'Locational A.D.D'. With experience, travelling, living & volunteering around the world, including in developing countries such as Cambodia, Tanzania and Kenya, Nate is determined to do whatever it takes to make education accessible to every child in Africa.

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