Jeffrey Babcock
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Jeffrey Babcock

Jeff Babcock has lived most of his adult life in Alaska, the Last Frontier. SHOULD I NOT RETURN is a non-fiction novel based upon real events, which took place on Alaska's Mt. McKinley (aka Denali) in the summer of 1967. The Joseph Wilcox Expedition was a 12-man Team that was climbing the same route that Jeff's team was ascending. A massive storm halted both groups in different locations on the mountain. During a lull in the severe winds, five survivors from the Wilcox Expedition descended and met up with the Babcock group. Park Headquarters initiated a rescue attempt via radio contact with the climbers on the mountain. Jeff and his older brother, Bill, became involved to find the remaining seven missing climbers that not been heard since the onset of the storm. All seven climbers died. Jeff's team was able to find three, though, not retrieve frozen corpses. Jeff and Bill went on to oversee the outdoor mountaineering program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. For nearly 30 years, they introduced countless students to the joys of mountain climbing, with numerous expeditions to Denali, its surrounding peaks, and on mountains in Mexico and South America. Jeff has written articles on climbing for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Magazine. Jeff also worked as an elementary Special Education teacher in both Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for the better of his adult life. He was a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, for many years. Jeff and his wife, Margaret, raised four children in Alaska and now live in Green Valley, Arizona--where they have lived for the past several years. Jeff is a presenter for PIMA County Libraries in Tucson, AZ. He offers three different multimedia shows, one of which is 'Death on Denali,' based upon his book 'Should I Not Return.' Jeff recently created a DVD entitled 'Death on Denali,' which contains a thorough summary of the events leading up to the Wilcox tragedy of 1967. Jeff returned to Denali 10 years later, in 1977, as leader of his team of eight called "The Anderson Pass Expedition.' His DVD is a combined attempt to merge the two events. Jeff's DVD 'Death on Denali' may be purchased on Amazon by going to this link: (http://www.amazon.com/Death-Denali-Narrated-Jeff-Babcock/dp/B00O17LDYU).

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