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Dora Keen Pioneered Some of Alaska’s Toughest Mountain Routes

Dora Keen Pioneered Some of Alaska’s Toughest Mountain Routes

Dora Keen had already impressed the climbing world before she became the first woman to mountaineer in Alaska in 1911. The daughter of a famous brain surgeon, Dora Keen had a comfortable upbringing in Philadelphia. The experience only invigorated Dora Keen, giving her “a new standard of courage.” She returned to Kennicott the following April. Blizzards buried them each night and two more men abandoned the effort, leaving Keen, Handy, and prospector Bill Lang. Dora Keen and George Handy divorced after sixteen years, but Keen never lost her love of travel and adventure.

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