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Climbing | Kilimanjaro

82-year-old climbs Kilimanjaro

English climber George Solt sports a chance in the record books after summiting Africa’s highest peak Kilimanajaro at 82 years of age.

Solt, from Buckinghamshire, reached the 5895 metre high summit on Wednesday morning, July 14.

The BBC reported that before he left to climb the mountain, Solt had hopes to conquer Africa's highest peak in memory of his wife, Jen.

The money raised from the climb will go towards the hospice that looked after his wife in later life, organised by Action Challenge, a UK-based charity event organiser.

George told BBC his wife was a former Olympic skier so he's used to extreme sports: "I married into a mountaineering family."

Zephania Ubwani from Arusha reported that Summits Africa, an Arusha-based tour firm that organised the expedition, said that Mr Solt spent eight days reaching the highest point on Kilimanjaro alongside members of his family, including three of his grandchildren.

A Summits Africa official confirmed that Mr Solt, who retired a few years ago as a chemical engineer, is likely to be oldest man to have reached the top of Kilimanjaro.

His preparation included months of training, including weight training, cycling and walking:

"I've been walking up and down the South Downs, which were specifically designed for people climbing Kilimanjaro. That was some 17 miles of up and down hills in six hours.

I finished that without reasonable trouble. So that's encouraging!", Solt told the BBC before he left.

Source articles: Briton, 83, reaches Uhuru peak (Citizen Daily, Tanzania) and OAP George Solt prepares to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (BBC)


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