Dora Keen (1871-1963) organized the first ascent of Mount Blackburn in Alaska, in 1912 and was the first woman to cross the Skolai Pass. She was the only woman on the first expedition to explore the Harvard Glacier and to reach its source. She was a member of the American Alpine Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was the first known woman to climb mountains in Alaska. She also climbed in the Selkirks of Canada, in Norway and in the Alps, including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and many more.
Keen later married George Handy, whom she met during her ascent of Mount Blackburn. She gave lectures about the adventures she had all over the world and wrote magazine articles about her travels. She continued adventuring throughout her life and died in Hong Kong in 1963.