Climbing to the top of our lighthouse is a family event with children as young as 9 and adults in their 80’s 90’s able to make the climb. In fact, we would like you to meet our oldest climber.

Bob relaxing after the climb @ 90 years Young with his youngest great grandchild

2016 – Bob relaxing after the climb @ 90 years Young with his youngest great grandchild.

 

Bob Dick of Grove City PA came to visit us in July of 2012 and wanted to be the oldest person to climb our lighthouse, he was 86. Unfortunately, we had a gentleman from our local area that has climbed the tower for several years and was 87 and 2 weeks at his last visit. Bob just happened to have a $2 bill with him that July morning and signed and dated it for us and said “Here, keep this and I will be back next year to sign it and climb again to set the record”. Well sure enough, on July 11, 2013 Bob returned with several members of his family and made the trip back up the 131 steps to the top of the lighthouse. He was born in December of 1925. Bob is now the oldest person to climb at 87 years and 7 months  2014 update = 88 years and 7 months 2015 update = 89 years and 7 months 2016 UPDATE – Bob completed the climb on July 12, 2016 to climb at 90 years, 7 months and 1 day – Congratulations Bob!  Bob has kept his annual tradition alive with his latest visit and climb to the top (#5) on July 12th, 2016 to extend his record as the oldest climber. His support group of family members that also climbed and several more on the ground, ensured Bob had a fun and safe climb with many great memories.

We all can’t wait to see him again next year when he sets a new record of 91 years young. See pictures below.

Click (HERE) to see a news story from one of our local stations WWAY where Hannah Patrick and her camera recorded Bob making it to the top.

 

CONGRATULATIONS BOB!

 

2016 visit (click on any picture to enlarge)

Bob with Alice - his favorite guide - at the top after making the climb at 90

Bob with Alice – his favorite guide – at the top after making the climb at 90

Bob giving the thumbs up after the climb with a family member and Rachel one of "his girl friend" guides

Bob giving the thumbs up after the climb with a family member and Rachel one of “his girlfriend” guides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob being made an honorary guide with his own guide shirt (he wore the same shirt 5 years in a row so we figured it was time we gave him a new one!).

Bob being made an honorary guide with his own guide shirt (he wore the same “I Climbed” shirt 5 years in a row so we figured it was time we gave him a new one!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Signing the 2 dollar bill for the fifth year in a row after his climb at 90

Bob Signing the 2 dollar bill for the fifth year in a row after his climb at 90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 visit (click on any picture to enlarge)

The Town Of Caswell Beach gave Bob a special commemorative pin to recognize his achievement - presented by Kathleen Morrison one of the Lighthouse's long time guides

The Town Of Caswell Beach gave Bob a special commemorative pin to recognize his achievement – presented by Kathleen Morrison one of the Lighthouse’s long time guides

Bob signing the $2 bill before his 2015 top climb. He needs to add July 16, 2015 to the climb dates on his shirt

Bob signing the $2 bill before his 2015 top climb. He needs to add July 16, 2015 to the climb dates on his shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob at the top in 2015

Bob at the top in 2015 on a hot and cloudless July day – 89 years and 7 months

 

 

2014 visit (click on any picture to enlarge)

Oldest climber 2 MOldest climber 3 M

Bob has just signed the $2 bill for the 3rd time (2012,13 &14).                              Bob starts the climb to the top.

Oldest climber 4 M x

 

 

Bob has made it to the top yet again to set a new Oak Island Lighthouse age record!

88 Years and 7 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 visit

Bob Dick is the oldest person to climb our Lighthouse at the young age of 87 years and 7 months.

Bob Dick is the oldest person to climb our Lighthouse at the young age of 87 years and 7 months (2013).