An 85-Year-Old Great Grandmother Just Summited Mount Kilimanjaro

Talk about hitting your peak late in the game (pun intended).

Anne Lorimore, an 85-year-old great-grandmother from Arizona, is believed to be the oldest person ever to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, reports KPHO. She's just waiting for the confirmation from Guinness officials.

And it's not like she just barely made it; according to her spokeswoman Tess Dumlao, she "got to the top unassisted and strong to her last step" of the 19,341-foot climb despite getting a nasty case of the flu on day four.

"I’ve wanted to do it for a long time," Lorimore said in June. "My niece and nephew were doing it ... So I put it down on my bucket list that by 2015, I was climbing Kilimanjaro."

As if she wasn't already enough of a boss, she also managed to raise money and awareness for the charity she founded in 2004 for underprivileged children, Challenge Youth Fund, during her climb.

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"While I am not a professional climber I've always enjoyed hiking. If I combine my interest in climbing with my passion for helping children, what could be better?"

We'll have whatever she's having.

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