At 90+, They Did What?!

Bungee jumpingWhen it comes to seeking thrills, there’s apparently no age limit. Consider the case of 95-year-old Margit Tall of Helsinki, Finland, who on Aug. 7 may have become the oldest woman ever to complete a bungee jump.

Tall, who walks with a cane, approached the staff of Sky Breakers, the firm that operates the highest bungee jump in Finland from a crane near her home, with no small measure of determination. “When she came to buy a ticket, she asked if there was an age limit, and we all thought she was joking,” Taneli Fils of Sky Breakers, who captured her 150-meter plunge (nearly 500 feet) on video, told the Caters News Agency. “She wasn’t scared at all. She didn’t even scream during the jump.”

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Tall may be the latest 90-plus thrill-seeker, but she’s by no means the only one.

Meet 96-year-old Mohr Keet, bungee-jumping from the Bloukrans River Bridge in South Africa, the world’s highest bungee-jumping venue.

In 2012, Peggy McAlpine, 104, reclaimed her title as the oldest person ever to go paragliding, taking back her record from a 101-year-old American.

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Then there’s Dorothy Custer, the 102-year-old base-jumper. Although Custer remarked that the 486-foot descent was “too short,” she evidently enjoyed celebrating her birthday that way.

Also, we can’t forget about George H.W. Bush, who marked his 90th with a tandem parachute jump (his eighth) near his summer home in Maine, making good on a vow he made five years ago.


Photo: Tim0 Newton-Syms/Wikipedia


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wysiwig 5pts

A great series of videos proving you're never too old.

Five years ago I visited a young friend in Washington State. He was having a family reunion which included his mother and father, sisters and nieces and nephews. He had the entire week planned out. One day we went out to see the sight where the 'Twilight' movies were filmed. We tramped through a muddy forest, walked down 75 steps to a beach and back up. When we got home my friend, who was a lieutenant in the Army Reserves and in the best shape of his life, admitted that the day had taken a lot out of him and suggested we rest up the following day. His father, who was seventy and had done everything his son had done that day, was ready to rock and roll.

I said it then and I'll say it again, old guys (and gals) rule.