Climb every mountain

Martin and Esther Kafer are the oldest man and woman to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain is the highest point in Africa. The climb was organized by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer Society of B.C

Martin and Esther Kafer are the oldest man and woman to climb to the top of
Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain is the highest point in Africa.
The climb was organized by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer Society of B.C

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and The Province
by Nancy Carson
Level 1

Esther and Martin Kafer are 85 and 84.
They are active seniors.
They hike, climb and ski.
The Kafers have climbed more than 500 mountains.
They have named over 73 mountains.
Why?  They were the first to climb these mountains.



Their story
The Kafers married in 1953 in Switzerland.
A few days later, they were climbing in the Alps.
Then Martin fell.
He was hanging on a rope.
Esther pulled the rope up.
“She saved my life,” Martin says.
A year later, they came to Canada.

The oldest couple
Esther and Martin are the oldest couple to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This mountain is the highest in Africa.
The Kafers made $24,000.

They made the money for the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.
Martin’s sister has Alzheimer’s disease.

View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Honeybadger Lodge, Moshi, Tanzania Photo by Koen Muurling, Flickr

View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Honeybadger Lodge, Moshi, Tanzania
Photo by Koen Muurling, CC/Flickr

Advice from the Kafers
“Be active all of the time.
Eat well, use your arms, your legs and your head.
Most of all your head.”

Mountains are their religion
Martin says, “ Some people, they go to church on Sunday.”
But the Kafers go to the mountains on Sundays.
Martin believes, “The mountains become like your religion, in a way.”

2 thoughts on “Climb every mountain

  1. God bless them! I can not imagine them on the top of the mountain.They must be so healthy and happy.I wish the best for them.Oh my gosh,it is a fantastic story!!!!!

    • These people are such an inspiration to everyone to stay active and love nature and life.

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