Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro no pipe dream for OKC excellent grandmother

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Going for walks up the highway that winds its way to the leading of Mount Scott, Bonnie Allison appears like just yet another climber hoping to defeat the heat and the site visitors sure to occur afterwards in the day. 

She wears black tennis sneakers, a pink strolling skirt and a white dri-suit prime. She carries a backpack loaded with 20 kilos of equipment. And as the Saturday early morning heats up, she adds a sweatband about her bright auburn hair.

But even nevertheless the longtime Oklahoma City resident blends in with the rest of the individuals climbing in the Wichita Mountains, she is one particular of the most special men and women you will ever meet.

Allison is a 79-year-aged wonderful grandmother.

“Bonnie’s just an animal,” longtime close friend and climbing companion Bruce Simmons reported. “She’s a equipment.”

And if all goes as prepared, those people climbs up Mount Scott will have organized her for a thing even bigger later following 7 days — climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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At an age heaps of folks sluggish down, Allison exhibits no indicators of that. All those people platitudes about age just remaining a quantity or you only remaining as previous as you experience could possibly seem trite, but in her circumstance, they are genuine. 

She keeps pushing.


Mainly because she knows some persons believe she simply cannot.

“Don’t tell me I simply cannot do something,” she said in advance of traveling out of Oklahoma Metropolis this previous week. 

Her eyes twinkled.

“That’s probably why I’m likely to Kilimanjaro.”

Bonnie Allison hikes up Mount Scott at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma on June 12.

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Bonnie Allison grew up on a dairy farm in Missouri.

The middle of 3 little ones and the only female, she was not allowed to do much else moreover likely to school and doing the job on the farm. The cows experienced to be milked at certain periods just about every day, and because it was a Quality A farm, the benchmarks ended up very large.