This story featured in the July 2012 issue.

Photo: Darin McCoid

Darin McQuoid captured Ben Coleman on a rare descent of California's Slate Creek this April. "Ben was boat-scouting and just charging, catching eddies that are marginally even eddies," McQuoid said of the lush six-mile, Class V run that feeds the North Fork Yuba. "I think it was a second descent, I got my beta from Devin Knight who did it a few years ago, but there may have been a group in there prior--nobody knows much about the drainage." And that's about to change with the newly installed USGS gauge that tipped off McQuoid during the Sierras' short and sweet spring runoff: "I think the largest thing to revolutionize kayaking in the last 10 years is having river flows at our fingertips with online gauges." -- DS