Angela Vorobeva: Oldest woman to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa’s Highest Mountain)
Source: The Guinness Book of Records
Angela Vorobeva (Russia, b. 4 February 1929) reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, aged 86 years 267 days, on 29 October 2015.
Her incredible trek was organised by a company called Altezsa which sent Guinness World Records an application for the record, saying: “The message [Angela] wants to send to the community is that age or difficulties in life is never a barrier, but an incentivizing advantage, and that any life hardships may be tackled if a challenger is dedicated and committed to his cause.”
In an interview with Altezsa, the inspirational lady explained: “I had no idea I could become a record breaker until I was told so by the organizers of my expedition in September (laughing). Well, I would lie if I said I’m not keen on the idea to be mentioned in the Guinness Book.”
She took on the 5,895 m; 19,340 ft mountain with her 61-year-old daughter Vera, accompanied by a crew of fourteen professional mountaineers.
“The date for conquering Kilimanjaro – October 29 – was chosen for a reason. I was aware of the rains this time of the year, but reaching the top on that very day was very important for me,” said Angela, “Eighty years ago I gave a promise to my sister Lydia that I would be travelling for both of us. My beloved sister was six years older than me, born in 1923. She died of pneumonia when she was only twelve years and four days old. I loved her dearly. It was her birthday on my summiting day. I dedicate this climb to her.”