Lost and Desperate Hiker Saved by Man’s ‘Very Weird’ GPS Hobby

Benjamin Kuo enjoys looking at photos and figuring out precisely where they’ve been taken. He happily admits that being a satellite mapping enthusiast is a “very weird hobby. But recently, his quirky interest may just have saved a California man’s life.

Rene Compean was hiking alone in Angeles National Forest when he realized he no longer knew where he was.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the 45-year-old texted a photo of his legs dangling over the edge of a canyon to a pal. In the message, he said he was lost and his phone battery was dying.

The police department released the image to the public, hoping someone might recognize the scenery and know where Compean was.

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