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Photo: Mary Jobe (courtesy Whyte Archives)

Mary Jobe Akeley


Mary Jobe, an American schoolteacher, was described as tall and strong and a woman of determination and great endurance. During her first visit to Canada in 1905 she completed a trip in the Selkirk Mountains with friends. In 1909, together with another woman named Bess MacCarthy, she joined Howard Palmer and others on a Dominion Topographic Survey expedition to the Mount Sir Sandford area in the Selkirk range.

Later that summer she visited the Rockies for the first time and returned numerous times in later years to climb and explore, becoming a regular at Alpine Club camps.

In 1914 she approached Curly Phillips with the idea of exploring the high mountains to the north and west of Mount RobsonMount Sir AlexanderMount Jobe]