A historic camera equipment abandoned by two notable mountaineers in 1937 has been found on a glacier

Bradford Washburn and his mountaineering partner Robert Bates were forced to abandon the photo gear so they could escape with their lives

Successfully extracted from the ice was a significant portion of Washburn’s Fairchild F-8 aerial camera

Washburn would go on to pioneer the use of aerial photography to analyze mountains

Lens casing of the Fairchild F-8 | Leslie Hittmeier

The focal plane shutter Fairchild F-8 was fitted with a Schneider Xenar 240mm f/8 lens

It was used during the Second World War when it was fitted with a Wollensak 375mm f/5.6 lens