26 Nov 2016

Illinois River – November 26-27, 2016

Saturday night, November 26, 2016: Things had seriously gone wrong. We were in a bad spot. Soaked in my drysuit, I was standing on a narrow ledge, holding a piece of cold soggy fried chicken. It was dark, and a colder rain had started to fall. I was hoping for

07 Feb 2015

Illinois River – February 7, 2015

Written by Aaron Babcock So I had planned this trip for over a week.  A month and a half ago I had just run the same stretch at 12000.  The trip had been very successful, and I was hoping for a chance to see it a little higher.  Looking at

21 Dec 2014

Illinois River – December 21, 2014

Written by Aaron Babcock I hesitate releasing my beta on this run because a written description doesn’t do justice to the truly violent, and unpredictable nature of this river at flood stage. I certainly don’t want to convince someone to run this simply based on what I have written, and