I lost a gopro camera on a 2 foot powder day in early Jan 2011.. I spent 2 hrs that day and went back a few times during the winter but could never find it. I was back on the mountain 9 months later in October and on a whim decided to go look for it.. and found it! The bag it was in was torn and faded.. but the camera still worked! The battery even had 3 bars left still! 9 months in the snow, wind, rain and heat? No problem for a GoPro.