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 Researchers found on the glacier three cameras with films thrown there 85 years ago (photo)

In 1937, an expedition of two rock climbers was on the verge of bad weather on the glacier. To go all the way they had to drop their cameras. After 85 years, they were found.

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An 85-year-old chamber by explorers Bradford Washburn and Robert Gates has been discovered on a glacier in the Canadian Yukon. It is reported by CNN.

Griffin Post led the Teton Gravity Research expedition to find cameras on the Walsh Glacier. The search continued for a whole week in August.

In June 1937, Washburn and climbing partner Robert Gates went to Mount Lucania, the third highest point in Canada (5226 m). At that time, it was the only unconquered peak in North America. The beginning of their journey passed through the Walsh Glacier. The weather was bad: the pilot of the plane refused to return for them because of the slush and mud. Therefore, Washburn and Gates had to not only conquer the summit, but also descend back on foot, walking more than 250 km to the nearest city.

Researchers found three cameras with films thrown there 85 years ago on a glacier (photo)

Researchers found three cameras with films thrown there on the glacier 85 years ago (photo)

The researchers had to dump tents, climbing gear and three cameras in the cache. Griffin Post and his team were able to find the cameras, two of which were still with film. They were given to Parks Canada for photo analysis.

Researchers found three cameras with films thrown there 85 years ago on a glacier (photo)

Researchers found three cameras with films left there 85 years ago on the glacier (photo)

It took 18 months to prepare the expedition to search for old documents, magazines and newspapers. Post wanted to establish the exact location of the hiding place. Researchers at the University of Ottawa were trying to determine how far the glacier could have advanced in 80 years.

Due to the movement of the glacier over the years, the items were scattered “tens of meters” from each other, but the team found almost the entire cache in a day, minus a few items that were carried away by melt water.

Researchers found three cameras with films thrown there 85 years ago on a glacier (photo)

Researchers found three cameras with films abandoned there 85 years ago on a glacier (photo)

There were three cameras in the cache: Washburn's Fairchild F-8 airbag, which was damaged , and two cameras that are still intact: DeVry's “Lunchbox” model and Bell & Howell Eyemo 71A.

Researchers found three cameras with films thrown there 85 years ago on a glacier (photo)

 The researchers found on the glacier three cameras with films abandoned there 85 years ago (photo)

The Griffin Post team contacted the relatives of Washburn and Gates. The climbers themselves died in 2007.