86-year-old woman climbs Mount Kilimanjaro
November 9, 2015 | 6 comments
The climb represents a challenge even for a young person. Image Credit: GNU FDL 1.2 Muhammad Mahdi Karim
In a remarkable feat of old-age endurance, the pensioner reached the summit of Africa's tallest mountain.
At 86 years of age most people would be trying to take things easy, but for retired teacher Angela Vorobyova, who recently managed to set a new world record by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, old age has proven to be little more than a minor inconvenience.
Along with her 62-year old daughter Vera and a group of fellow climbers, the adventurous octogenarian completed the ascent in good time and suffered no ill-effects from the high altitude.
"I had never thought about turning back," she said. "At an altitude of 4,000 metres, we even danced the tango with our guide. And at 5,000 meters we saw the sunrise. Sunrise above the clouds!"
"I'm walking by foot pretty much usually, and there are no problems with blood pressure. I do exercises every morning and pour cold water over myself. I do not have some special training."
Having completed her epic trek however Angela isn't planning to stop adventuring anytime soon.
"My next planned trip is, of course, to Peru, Machu Picchu," she said. "In addition, I have dream of a cruise from Anadyr - Murmansk, past the Russian islands in the Arctic and the North Pole. "
Source: Siberian Times
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