The Oldest Couple to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Couple becomes oldest to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Swiss natives Esther, 84, and Martin Kafer, 85, have just successfully reached the top of Africa’s tallest summit, Mt. Kilimanjaro, which makes them the oldest couple to ever accomplish the feat.

Even though the Kafers have a huge passion for mountain climbing, this adventure was bigger. According to, the couple was participating in a fundraising initiative. The British Columbia couple raised $24,000 for the cause.

“Esther and Martin’s achievement epitomizes the spirit of the Ascent for Alzheimer’s event, which is that no matter how challenging the journey there is support.” Says CEO of Alzheimer Society of B.C., Jean Blake.

The couple met on a mountain top and event spent their honeymoon on top of the Matterhorn. The couple moved to Canada because of their surroundings. In a The Globe and Mail article, Martin explains his reasoning for staying. “The mountains were the big attraction that kept us here.”
Including the couple’s contribution to the fundraising initiative, the total money came to $310,000 ($210,00 from Ascent for Alzheimer’s and $100,000 from another event).

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