Paradise Valley great-grandmother climbing Kilimanjaro to benefi - WSMV News 4

Paradise Valley great-grandmother climbing Kilimanjaro to benefit kids

Posted: Updated:
Anne Lorimor is an adventurer. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Anne Lorimor is an adventurer. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Lorimor has always loved hiking. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Lorimor has always loved hiking. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A great-grandmother from here in the Valley is proving you are never too old to live your dream.

Anne Lorimor, 85, is preparing to hike Mount Kilimanjaro. She wants to be the oldest woman to reach the summit.

"I've wanted to do it for a long time," Lorimor said. "My niece and nephew were doing it, and I said, 'Please, I want to go,' and they said yes. So I put it down on my bucket list that by 2015, I was climbing Kilimanjaro.

An adventurer at heart, Lorimor has been to more than 100 countries and climbed dozens of mountains, including the Four Peaks.

"Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world," according to

But it's not just about the climb. Lorimor is raising awareness and funds for underprivileged children. That has always been a passion of hers. She founded the Challenge Youth Fund in 2004.

Challenge Youth Fund, which is part of the Arizona Community Foundation, works with other organizations to offer education and mentoring opportunities to underserved children and teens, particularly foster and orphaned children, as well as homeless youth.

"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?" Lorimor said.

She calls this adventure the KiliClimb for Kids. Donations will help build a new piano lab for Rosie's House, a music academy that provides free lessons for more than 400 Phoenix children. The cost for the lab is $50,000.

Between the potential world record and the piano lab, there is a lot riding on Lorimor's trip, but she is definitely up for the challenge.

"I'm pretty tough," Lorimor said. "I have to make it to the top. A lot of people counting on me."

To learn more about Lorimor's mission or to make a contribution, check out

Lorimor leaves for Africa on Saturday and sets off on her KiliClimb for Kids on July 5. You can follow her journey on Twitter (@AnneKiliClimb), and Instagram (@ImWatchingAnne).

  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ Family
Powered by Frankly
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.