"Every first descent is unpredictable, but seeing
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a dammed river surging like this was a real
thrill—especially since it's normally a trickle.
We were conducting a flow study of northern California's Lost Creek to see if it was navigable.
This 25-foot [8-meter] waterfall led to a deep
gorge that drops 740 feet [226 meters] over a mile [1.6 kilometers]. Discovering that this portion was runnable fired us up for the rest of the day."
Taylor Robertson, 27
In April 2006, kayaker Robertson and five
teammates evaluated the recreational potential of
Lost Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the
Feather River, for the conservation group American
Whitewater (AW). High in the Sierra Nevada, the
crew logged 11 hours—doing more portaging than
paddling—to travel four miles. The Feather was a
premier white-water destination before it was
dammed more than 50 years ago. Since 1997 AW
has been the river's champion, restoring its rapids
by way of dam releases.
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