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Old 12-16-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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Climbing Mountains at Age 85

I have virtually no interest in mountain climbing, and have never heard of Fred Beckey. I post this because of his age. 85. Apparently he climbed his first mountain in 1936, 7 years before I was born. Amazing. When I’m his age, I might be able to drive up a mountain. Maybe.

Here's a couple of photos of him climbing at age 81.
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Along the same theme, this guy is only 63 but he's run 105 marathons - this year.

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Macon... is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club. But unlike most of that group's members, he has run at least one marathon in all 50 states in a single year — four times.
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I post this because of his age. 85.
I wonder whether his fellow climbers prefer to be roped in above him or below him...

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I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years back -- it nearly killed me.

Met an 82-year-old at the summit who said the trip was easy. "Just put one foot in front of the other, and fall forward."

If I'd had the energy, I would have killed HIM! ;-)
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I enjoyed the PBS documentary on the latest Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile marathon). The oldest finisher was a 72 year old woman.

DW and I climbed Mt. Shasta 15 years ago, and I will never, ever try anything like that again.
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Wow, that's amazing.

As a physical therapist, I see people at the opposite end of the spectrum - declining functionally.

This guy is really inspirational.
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