Jeffrey Babcock

Jeffrey Babcock

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Jeff Babcock has lived most of his adult life in Alaska, often called the Last Frontier. SHOULD I NOT RETURN is a non-fiction novel based on actual events on Alaska's Mt. McKinley (aka Denali) in the summer of 1967. The Joseph Wilcox Expedition was a 12-man Team climbing the same route Jeff's team was ascending. A massive storm halted both groups in different locations on the mountain. During a lull in the severe tempest, 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, and the three remaining climbers of the Babcock team became involved in finding the seven missing climbers that had yet to be heard from since the storm's onset. All seven climbers died. The Babcock team found three, though they did not retrieve frozen corpses. Jeff and Bill went on to oversee the outdoor mountaineering program at Anchorage Community College. 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 Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for 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 several years. Jeff is an occasional presenter for PIMA County Libraries in Tucson, AZ. He offers three multimedia shows, one based on his book 'Should I Not Return.' Jeff's DVD, 'Death on Denali,' which contains a thorough summary of the events leading up to the Wilcox tragedy of 1967, is no longer available on Amazon. Jeff returned to Denali 10 years after the 1967 tragedy, in 1977, as leader of his team of eight called' The Anderson Pass Expedition.' This historical retelling of Jeff's experiences during both climbs is accessible in a YouTube video. You can Google 'Death On Denali' by Jeff Babcock on YouTube.
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