Daring 101-Year-Old Woman Becomes World’s Oldest Abseiler by Descending the Side of Tower

At 101-years-old, Doris Long just beat her own record as the world's oldest abseiler when she descended 100 meters (328 feet) down the side of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower in the UK this past Sunday. The great-great-grandmother, who started abseiling at the age of 85, first took on this challenge at Portsmouth on her 100th birthday last May. She pulled it off again this year despite the wind and the rain, all to raise money for Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville.

“I don't feel afraid and never have, I just have a placid nature,” Long told BBC. She added, “It was very hard work, much harder than last year. It was so windy I swung about a bit, but oh yes, I enjoyed it, I feel it's well worth it.”

The daring senior, who has raised more than 11,000 for the hospice through abseiling feats, says she hopes to take on the tower again next year when she turns 102.

Above photo source: Justin Morris Photography

via [IJReview, BBC]

All photos via Justin Morris Photography

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