Camera Flash Helps Save a Hiking Photographer’s Life

February seems to be the month when lost photographers’ lives are saved thanks to their camera flashes. Last year around this time a German tourist was miraculously rescued when a woman spotted his desperate flashes on a live webcam feed.

Earlier this week a 29-year-old photographer was hiking in Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin when darkness fell, causing him to became lost, wander off the trail, and fall 15 feet into a boulder field. The man spent two hours on the phone with rescuers before they were able to locate him in the darkness thanks to flashes he was firing off with his camera. He had developed hypothermia from the snow, but his camera flash saved his life.

(via Chicago Tribune)

Image credit: *Flash* by Michael Mistretta

  • 121FOTO (Ovidiu)

    On what power was the flash? TTL? Pocket wizard? :) any Garry Dong thingy? :)

  • BOB

    uhhh durrrr take a flashlight if your hiking close to sunset

  • Dwatson

    what a wimp, a friend and I were training for an upcoming mountain climb at devils lake, with 50 pound packs, we underestimated the time to traverse the round trip and spent two hours walking on dew soaked rocks with nothing but the light of a cell phone.

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  • A Hiker

    Some gadget saves life, but others are just a pain to bring while hiking.