Too old for Kilimanjaro?

Former President Bill Clinton says he wants to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Last week Bill Clinton told the audience at the 18th International Aids Conference that he'd like to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro "before the snows melt" as well as run a marathon "before I give out."  The former president will turn 64 next month.  That may sound ambitious but before that an 82 year old man successfully reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. I've had a number of potential climbers ask me if they're too old for Kilimanjaro.  But I can honestly say that I've never met anyone with the desire to climb that was turned back because he/she was too old.  In fact, being older even has it's advantages.   On my last climb I was joined by my friend Mike and his father, a 73 year old retired IRS auditor.  After three days on the mountain with his consistently positive attitude the guides and porters started calling him "Babu,"  a Swahili term of endearment for "Grandpa" or "Gramps." Since Babu was retired he had lots of time to make sure he trained consistently and gradually increased his intensity and distance without injuring himself.  On the mountain his years of experience gave him a high degree of mental toughness and enabled him to quickly get "into the zone" as we hiked.  As a result, Babu was one of the first members of our team to reach the summit and his maturity and positive attitude were an inspiration to all of us who climbed with him. If you're thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro or anything else extraordinary never let age be the limiting factor.  The only limit to our achievements should be our dreams, not our age.
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