I lost a $2500 camera while mountain biking, so we went on a quest to find it

I lost a $2500 camera while mountain biking, so we went on a quest to find it


To some people, Sedona mountain bike festival
marks the dawn of the riding season. While the snow melts around the country, people
come from all over to ride this beautiful desert landscape. And this year Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
marks the end of a long lapse in travel for me. This is the first time since Sea Otter that
Eric and I will be attending a big event to meet the public, ride with fans, and do some
instagram storying on behalf of diamondback. After checking in and stopping by the festival
to pick up Eric’s bike, we headed out to a trail that I’ve never ridden before: Hangover. According to Eric Hangover is scenic, exposed,
and pretty technical in some places. But I’m ready for just about anything with
spare tubes, sealant, plugs, multi-tools, lights, hand sanitizer, riding shorts, extra
grips, chains, pumps, camera batteries, and—derailleur hangers. Well as it turns out, I didn’t bring an
extra derailleur hanger. I wasted a lot of time getting things sorted
after that impact. I’d get things working, and need to stop
again. But eventually we were back on track, and
it was clear that hangover trail deserved its reputation. It was fun, challenging, and really scenic. It also lives up to its name. So we took our time, soaked in the iconic
features, and made sure to get instagram stories along the way since that was kind of our job
on this ride. Although it was getting dark out, we had packed
lights with the intention of continuing into the night. Between the two of us, we were able to rig
up two headlamps for Eric, and one pretty bright handlebar light for me. That wasn’t ideal for this trail, but we
took it slow, scoped everything out, and decided to have fun anyway. Eric had ridden hangover—like 5 years ago,
so although he didn’t remember any specific lines he did know there was a sustained rock
roll coming up. So we decided to scope it out instead of,
you know, riding it blind with auxiliary headlamps. We were both kind of sleep deprived and needed to
host a group ride the following morning. So it was time to get back to the hotel, and
get some much needed rest. Except for one thing. My Panasonic GH5 was nowhere to be found. I checked all my pockets, but that thing’s
pretty big. But we were pretty sure of where it was since
the last time we used it was during the whole light debacle. But rather than search for my camera in the
dark, we decided to go back, swap my derailleur hanger, and return at the crack of dawn after
some actual sleep. Since we knew exactly where the camera would
be, I wasn’t too stressed out about it. So this was a great excuse to ride Hangover
for fun, without stopping for clips or stories. We were getting close to where we knew the
camera would be. We figured the camera fell out of my pack
further down the trail, or that some hiker is the proud owner of a GH5. Between the camera, the lens, the audio transmitter,
and the SD card I had in it, over $2500 was on the line, plus all the irreplaceable footage
on the SD hard. A glance to the right did nothing to reassure
either of us. But what are you gonna do? I basically assume that all my camera gear
will meet its demise in service to this YouTube channel, and we still had our GoPros and phones
to get footage with. Plus, we still needed to get back to the venue
to lead our group ride, and we were determined to do it in good spirits. Seeing in full daylight what we had ridden
the night before was pretty interesting. It’s actually less scary when you can’t
see it. On the way back to the car, we stopped along
the trail where I had washed out the night before. After all that, we found the camera face up
seemingly undamaged, but the lens had clearly broken off its mount. So we continued the search. The lens was toast. It had a torn ribbon cable and was making
rattling noises, but I had my wide angle with me and was curious as to whether the camera
itself was still okay. What I really meant to say is, the memories
on this SD card are impossible to replace. We had to get back to the venue for our group
ride so we hightailed it down the Jeep road to save time. And in the end, we made it. With the recovered GH5 and my spare lens we
were able to film an entire game of BIKE between Eric and I which will be live on his channel
in a few weeks. We were also able to shoot a video for our
second channel, Berm Peak Express. Check the description so you can subscribe
and see those videos when they go live. Thanks to everyone who visited us at Sedona
mountain bike festival, thanks to all who attended our ride. Also, thanks Sedona for all your awesome trails. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

100 Comments

  • Seth's Bike Hacks

    March 13, 2020

    Today I'll try and get out to Best Buy and see if there's still a "warranty" on that lens. What do you think the over/under is on this?

    Reply
  • Jesus Sancen

    March 13, 2020

    What gopro mount do you use on your helmet?

    Reply
  • tom tom

    March 13, 2020

    Hand sanitizer for the Corona virus

    Reply
  • Ashton Taylor

    March 13, 2020

    How are you telling me that the sensor is perfectly fine?!?!?

    Reply
  • Andrew Fern

    March 13, 2020

    So glad to see this kind of video again

    Reply
  • Dats Swig

    March 13, 2020

    Seth you do not have much luck when you travel, when you collaborate with other riders, or just when you go riding lol

    Reply
  • Simon Reuter

    March 13, 2020

    @1:31 THIS is why I feel I want my future bike to have a gearbox!!

    Reply
  • William cool

    March 13, 2020

    Love you video. Inspiring

    Reply
  • Eric Laguna

    March 13, 2020

    Yayyyyy another videeoiooo

    Reply
  • Richard Pinkham

    March 13, 2020

    Love the Gangster specs 👓 lol

    Reply
  • im a vegan but i eat meat

    March 13, 2020

    I got a hack for when you're out riding and you get stuck in the dark and you don't have lights take your phone turn on the flashlight and tuck it in your waistband this works best if you have bib shorts but also works with baggies if you tighten the waist band. not great but it will get you out if your stuck after dark.

    Reply
  • gambo

    March 13, 2020

    Finally a new riding video

    Reply
  • Joe Playz

    March 13, 2020

    seth is such a good help to me he sends so much positivity and good advise you are all stupid if you dont drop him a like or a sub

    thanks for the good vids seth

    Reply
  • MonkeyBiker

    March 13, 2020

    Please make a Life Hack Video pleasssee

    Reply
  • Katrina Hase

    March 13, 2020

    Nice to see you ride again!

    Reply
  • Elvis Tam

    March 13, 2020

    Was great meeting you at the festival Seth! Next time I'm coming in your group ride!

    Reply
  • Alex The Kidd

    March 13, 2020

    Anyone know what light Seth is using?

    Reply
  • T._.hallas

    March 13, 2020

    7:50 when he said he dabbled abit look in the bush on the left

    Reply
  • Tom Sanger

    March 13, 2020

    How is Seth so chilled about losing his $2500 camera 😂

    Reply
  • MY PLAYTIME

    March 13, 2020

    4.10 queue the SEND IT music, In the dark 🤘😈🤘
    Awesome find of the camera, thank the TRAIL GODS 😇

    Reply
  • Mark Hudson

    March 13, 2020

    How did you find the RevGrips Seth?

    Reply
  • Adams Bailey

    March 13, 2020

    that moment that Seth's camera is more expensive that your life

    Reply
  • 1997HTAA

    March 13, 2020

    What hanger is that?? I bought a box and been struggling finding a good fit

    Reply
  • spencer moon

    March 13, 2020

    ooohhh thats sooo great i know it was badly damaged but ye found it! whawhoooo well done guys love what a place too i tottally see why you guys are always saying awesome when your surounded by paces like this.

    Reply
  • Jeff

    March 13, 2020

    magic shine lights , cheap and always work =0

    Reply
  • Sebastian Turco

    March 13, 2020

    You know Seth would do anything for a cool story.

    Reply
  • Greg Bly

    March 13, 2020

    Buy a cannon rebbel or a entry level Nikon kit with lense for 500$ . That's my choice and my camera is almost always In my pack. Takes the exact same pictures as a 2000$ camera.
    I intend on it getting smashed and it's much much lighter than a (pro) SLR.

    Reply
  • Matti A.

    March 13, 2020

    I’d recommend getting a Tile Sticker for your camera so it will show up where it was last seen, and you can ping it when you get close to it

    Reply
  • Anonyme Bande

    March 13, 2020

    I have actually nothing to say but: Great Video! Keep it going Seth! "If its a good enough Video, i can Probably make the Money back" OMG that cracked me up! :DDD

    Reply
  • Jonathan Snow

    March 13, 2020

    Glad you found the camera, even if the lens was busted. And it was great you had an idea of where to look. You've got more experience than you want in tracking down lost cameras. 🙂

    Reply
  • The Mostly Mike sHOW

    March 13, 2020

    Glad you were able to recover your camera and footage! Oh, that sick feeling that you get when you realize that you lost something that valuable..

    Reply
  • Ollie Broughton

    March 13, 2020

    “That’s no problem for me, I’ve got head clearance!” 😂😂😂

    Reply
  • dr phill

    March 13, 2020

    The legendary quest of seth o bike hacks on his trusty steed

    Reply
  • Brandon Federico

    March 13, 2020

    Seth, great to meet you at the festival. FYI, I didn't see your camera on Hangover!

    Reply
  • Nonus

    March 13, 2020

    Can someone give me a link to his music its pretty good

    Reply
  • Austin Jew

    March 13, 2020

    Naw you Care about the money let’s be real

    Reply
  • Jack Pizziferro

    March 13, 2020

    God this ride was breathtaking, I fucked my bike horrifically and didn't have the funds to fix it so I've just been riding gravel, it's about time I get back on the trail.

    Reply
  • DirtBomb

    March 13, 2020

    Literally got goosebumps looking at that view at 2:03 !

    Reply
  • Good Trails

    March 13, 2020

    I guess you did gain a cool story by riding it in the dark! Very entertaining video

    Reply
  • The Middle Aged Masher

    March 13, 2020

    I was at an event in Sedona and heard the rumors of the hangover night ride.

    Glad u found your camera and I saw you at the DB tent

    Reply
  • Tyler Durden.

    March 13, 2020

    Cardio for days

    Reply
  • Blake Falstad

    March 13, 2020

    Dang I was there but didn’t see you!

    Reply
  • Tanuvein

    March 13, 2020

    I did that to my derailleur first day at Gunnison. Unfortunately it broke one of the flywheels but the awesome shops there had me going in no time.

    Reply
  • Anthony Tessicini

    March 13, 2020

    girls: omg cutting soap is so satisfying
    guys: no, this is.

    Reply
  • Baby_Z_ Things

    March 13, 2020

    Yooooo I live in Glendale we should ride together

    Reply
  • Inverurie British Legion

    March 13, 2020

    I don’t think you can do that having a hangover but ok

    Reply
  • Viktor Matic

    March 13, 2020

    What is that song called on 9:19

    Reply
  • Mr Mononoke

    March 13, 2020

    I wish I could afford a bike so bad.

    Reply
  • Henry Pavlock

    March 13, 2020

    What is that foam thing you put around your gopro?

    Reply
  • Kayne Winter

    March 13, 2020

    You guys are nuts

    Reply
  • Benjamin Whitehead

    March 13, 2020

    Gears heh. That why i will never run em.

    Reply
  • PETERDYKBETTER

    March 13, 2020

    Im so happy that you found it 🙂

    Reply
  • Gaming With Regret

    March 13, 2020

    The sheer joy of finding something you lost, never thinking you'd see it again is unmatched.

    Reply
  • G HR

    March 13, 2020

    Lol 9:17

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  • Sean Clohesy

    March 13, 2020

    Do we have anything to gain by riding down this?
    Balls…big fucking balls..

    Reply
  • not in use

    March 13, 2020

    Never been this early before!

    Reply
  • MasterBata

    March 13, 2020

    3:55 Spooky. The only thing that is missing from this scene, is a close-up of the face with snot dripping from your noses…

    Reply
  • The Outliner

    March 13, 2020

    Lucky you weren’t on white line 😂😂

    Reply
  • xXmasterpoolXx

    March 13, 2020

    definitely a good enough video.

    Reply
  • Blue Creek Biking

    March 13, 2020

    You should take a trip to New Jersey and ride mountain creek

    Reply
  • Every Day Vlogs

    March 13, 2020

    I know you are rich but why would u buy a 2500$ camera I probably don’t understand because my family couldn’t by that because we don’t have that money

    Reply
  • Henry Klesch

    March 13, 2020

    Something bad always when Seth rides with Eric.

    Reply
  • E K

    March 13, 2020

    i lost my phone on a ride. slipped outta my pocket.
    asked hikers we passed to keep an eye out for it, and slowly traced my trail back and couldnt find it.
    ended up stopping ready to try an alternative solution and looked down. lo and behold, it was right there, face up, unscratched
    i'll always pop my phone in my pack when mtbing

    Reply
  • Bennamon Cinnamon

    March 13, 2020

    It’s been so long since a classic Seth video, love it.

    Reply
  • Ryan Van Buren

    March 13, 2020

    I live in phenix I love hangover

    Reply
  • Bob The Biker

    March 13, 2020

    Your videos inspired me not only to join the wheel mill in pgh but repurpose my old bmx bike and wait for a good mtb to come up!

    Reply
  • Lonely mtb rider

    March 13, 2020

    9:17 Thug Life

    Reply
  • Daniel Tribby

    March 13, 2020

    It's cool that both in Duluth and Sedona you got your stuff back. Lucky!

    Reply
  • Ethan Neuman

    March 13, 2020

    Welcome to Arizona

    Reply
  • Drew McGuinn

    March 13, 2020

    I love how every video tells a story, A1 editing and style

    Reply
  • robert moore

    March 13, 2020

    CoRoNa ViRuS iS gOnNa GeT yOu SeTh

    Reply
  • Downhill Groovy

    March 13, 2020

    Cool meeting you in person at Sedona!

    Reply
  • Theodore Houle

    March 13, 2020

    Seth:I lost a 2500 dollar camera

    Me: That’s more than my bike costs

    Reply
  • Andrew Mitchell

    March 13, 2020

    Group ride = Corona ride

    Reply
  • Colin McEvoy

    March 13, 2020

    Hey I use a GH5 for my channel as well! Love the GH5!

    Reply
  • Yeti Voice

    March 13, 2020

    So glad you found that camera. I got so involved mentally with your search that I actually whooped with you when you guys found it. Stoked on the good vibes throughout.

    Reply
  • Daniel Korn

    March 13, 2020

    Such a cool and positive little story – especially in these not so cool and positive times.

    Reply
  • Houston

    March 13, 2020

    news flash, full time youtubers make money from youtube videos. People actually talking about unsubscribing hahaha

    Reply
  • Logan Lovell

    March 13, 2020

    I lost my go-pro at the very end of a days worth of kayaking through the Everglades. The section I dropped it was a super deep, gator infested pond…I was pretty bummed watching it fade into oblivion knowing it had so much good footage on it and that I would very likely never see it again.

    Reply
  • TheGreenMachine

    March 13, 2020

    yall are supposed to climb the singletrack to hangover, not the fireroad!! 🙁

    Reply
  • Sams_Mythical

    March 13, 2020

    do you have any tips on going down steep hills with rocks and roots?

    Reply
  • Sam Snyder

    March 13, 2020

    You aren’t worried about the corona virus

    Reply
  • Jeffrey Stevens

    March 13, 2020

    Hope you were careful and sanitary

    Reply
  • Κωνσταντινος varaviotis

    March 13, 2020

    Seth tomorrow I am going to buy a new bike and I am very happy☺

    Reply
  • Mountain Bikes Are Fun

    March 13, 2020

    You weren’t ready to lose your camera

    Reply
  • lopon12

    March 13, 2020

    awesome story and happy ending

    Reply
  • MOOKIE 0602

    March 13, 2020

    Australia: Wait he has hand sanitizer.

    Reply
  • Bike Life with Rob

    March 13, 2020

    In…the….DARK!!

    Reply
  • Redfearn

    March 13, 2020

    Great video , thanks 👍👍

    Reply
  • Matt Brighton

    March 13, 2020

    You’ve got 1.7 million subscribers on your channel. Buy another – you can afford it.

    Reply
  • C.J Armstrong

    March 13, 2020

    Fucking derailers, man; always getting messed up

    Reply
  • TDark

    March 13, 2020

    What's the go pro mount on your helmet

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  • Kkkk

    March 13, 2020

    Tracking devices on all your cameras?

    Reply
  • Jacob Williams

    March 13, 2020

    I HOPE YOU DIDN'T CATCH COVID-19 SETH

    Reply
  • Aj Fioritti

    March 13, 2020

    Dude I totally understand that awful feeling you must have had. When ur moving along but your eyes are scanning and you just wonder if you missed it

    Reply
  • TheDusk420

    March 13, 2020

    Surely I'm not the only person who cheered when they got the camera back?

    Reply
  • crypttonite

    March 13, 2020

    FOOLS
    He could have edited out the getting money back part, u know…

    I forgot my camera on the suv roof & it took a huge tumble, body still works, lens toast…
    I like having a camera that has been used like a bike with scratches or anything.

    Reply
  • Jack Calder

    March 13, 2020

    Dude I love ur videos. Don’t stop YouTube 😎👍

    Reply
  • Dahigi

    March 13, 2020

    SBH, where everything always goes according to plan!

    Reply
  • FnafusertheOG owo

    March 13, 2020

    Imagine dropping it on the white line

    Reply

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