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Hulda Crooks

Born: May 19, 1896

Death: Nov 23, 1997

Nationality: United States

Hulda Crooks

Date of Birth : May 19, 1896
Date of Death : Nov 23, 1997

Hulda Hoehn Crooks was an American mountaineer. Affectionately known as "Grandma Whitney" she successfully scaled 14,505-foot Mount Whitney 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91. She had climbed 97 other peaks during this period. In 1990, Day Needle, one of the peaks in the Whitney area was, by an Act of Congress, renamed Crooks Peak in her honor. In 1987, at the age of 91, she became the oldest woman to complete the ascent of Mt. Fuji in Japan. She hiked the entire 212 mile John Muir Trail in the high Sierras, completing the hike in segments over five years. Hulda Crooks was a long-time resident of Loma Linda, California and a Seventh-day Adventist. She often spent time with children in the community, encouraging them to appreciate nature and stay active. In 1991 Loma Linda dedicated a park at the base of the south hills as Hulda Crooks Park. According to Congressman Jerry Lewis, one of her hiking companions,

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