Photographer Finds Owner of Camera That Fell 1,500ft in Zion 3 Years Ago


New Zealand photographer Luke Riding was trekking around the base of Angels Landing in Zion National Park while he stumbled upon a smashed-up Fujifilm digicam that had fallen from atop the 1,488-foot-tall rock formation. The memory card changed into intact and Riding located some pix on it.

After trying and failing to discover the owner through posts on Instagram and Twitter, his friend (and fellow photographer) Ben Horne got worried with the search. On February twentieth, Horne shared this 3-minute video as a way to track down the owner to return the snapshots.

“I published the video at 6 am Pacific time, and it was in flip posted on Reddit through a 3rd birthday celebration,” Horne tells PetaPixel. “On the Reddit page, a man named Patrick recognized one of the ladies in the image as a high college acquaintance from almost ten years in the past.

“He remembered her call, noticed he was nonetheless Facebook pals with her, then reached out to her. The girl confirmed that it became certainly her sister’s digicam, and by 7:30 pm that equal day, I were given a message from Sarah on Instagram. The entire thing passed off in just over 12 hours.”

It turns out the digicam’s owner is a gal named Sarah Salik who were hiking Angels Landing along with her sister in mid-2016. Upon achieving the top, the pair stopped to have lunch, at which era Salik by accident knocked her digital camera over the threshold.

Luke is now operating to ship the digital camera and reminiscence card lower back to Sarah (seen at the left inside the picture of the two sisters) so that she can be reunited with the gear and snapshots she lost nearly three years in the past.

“It’s a quite simple tale surely, but it shows how interconnected all of us are and the power of social media,” Horne says.