85 years later, camera abandoned by explorers is found on a glacier in Canada

Brad Washburn camera discovered 85 years later
Griff Post and the Washburn's camera, which was embedded in the ice of Walsh Glacier. (Image credit: Leslie Hittmeier/Teton Gravity Research)

In 1937, American photographer and mountaineer Brad Washburn was on an expedition with friend and fellow mountaineer Robert Bates when the pair had to abandon their camera equipment and hike to safety. Washburn and Bates were exploring the Yukon region in Canada when weather conditions made it impossible for the pilot to return for them, so they stashed a heavy camera cache and made the 100-mile trek on foot. 

Earlier this year, indie film distribution company Dogwoof released The Sanctity of Space; a documentary film inspired by one of Washburn's more well-known expeditions in Denali National Park. But for Griffin Post, who led this latest expedition alongside Teton Gravity Research and the University of Ottawa’s glaciologist Dora Medrzycka, it was the 1937 expedition that engaged him the most.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.