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  1. Captions foe the above pics: 1 and 2are the blowdowns on the Mission hiking trail, 3 is the road to our peaceful lookout, and 4 is the view from that lookout.
  2. Got out in the field to our "Area X" today with Magniaesir, to a recently built new logging road; it's been topped with gravel, but the shoulders are still soft and damp. All that showed were a couple of deer tracks; actually the valley seems to have very little game sign in it right now. During the 5 hours or so in there, we only saw 2 chipmunks, a few robins, and heard a single grouse drumming. On Friday, I got out for the afternoon with Thomas Steenburg in the Polaris ATV on the East side of Harrison Lake, where we saw some very recent, and large, bear scat, and heard multiple grouse everywhere we stopped, but the old deactivated road we were running was mostly very hard packed, and tracks were hard to see. The view from the top end of that trail was spectacular, with half of the 40 mile long lake and Echo Island below us, and snowcapped Mt. Breckenridge towering in the distance. So no prize either day, but a couple of great days in the woods with good guys to file in the mental memory bank, so I'm happy Some shots from today:
  3. Since my last post a month ago, our group has made a day trip every weekend, trying to get to some remote valleys, but found our route blocked by snow still lingering in the high passes. This weekend is a holiday in Canada (Victoria Day on Mon.), and Thomas and I were invited to join 3 of the 4 witnesses from the Jan. 28th sighting near Harrison to examine the hillside where it occurred in further detail, including a night visit with FLIR. Of course we jumped at the chance to use some high end gear, and hear their sighting story again while on the location. We met them for lunch at the Sasquatch Inn on Hwy 7, then convoyed to the site near Harrison. We spent a couple of hours hiking the hillside, looking for any remaining evidence in the very mossy, leaf littered terrain. Winona, the native lady with amazing tracking skills, found a number of large impressions in the forest duff, of appropriate size, spacing, and general shape, but the ground cover couldn't allow any fine detail, such as toe marks, so inconclusive at best. We then proceeded to a favorite mountainside lookout of Thomas and I, well off the main forestry road, which was quite busy with weekend campers, and found peace and quiet for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. With camp chairs circled, our WA. guest, Dave, gave us some lessons in operating his FLIR equipment, and we all compared our field experiences while enjoying Winona's fresh made sandwiches and some cold drinks. Shortly after that evening snack, Thomas had to leave to get to his night shift job, so he missed out on the actual after dark FLIR use. As the sun set, the temperature dropped quickly, so jackets were donned, and the FLIRs fired up again to scan the extensive older clear cuts nearby, with no luck in spotting any large living creatures. After an hour of scanning the area, we convoyed back to the original sighting spot, and spent another hour scanning that hillside, while listening to what sounded like a barred owl conference going on in the treed slope to our rear. I left their company at about midnight to get home to my bed for a good night's sleep in preperation for another investigation with Thomas of a report of trees very recently pulled down, not cut down, across a hiking trail near Stave Lake, in the District of Mission. I met Thomas at his home in Mission at 11AM today, allowing him a few hours of beauty sleep after his night job, only to hear that the sighting reporter had postponed meeting us till 2PM, so we waited till 1, then headed out to meet him at the trailhead that he had described. He arrived on time, with his 2 huge dogs, a Rottwieler/Lab cross and an even bigger Great Pyrenes, both very friendly, and very eager to hit the trail. We set of up the trail and soon came to the first of many small groups of from 3 to 5 trees down across the trail , from both sides. These were 6 to 8 inch diameter young fir and hemlock, with the root balls folded up out of the ground, but not completely uprooted. After seeing a half dozen similar sites along about a mile of trail, Thomas and I both came to the conclusion that these were the result of micro-burst wind events that would have occurred during some thunderstorms that passed through the area about 3 weeks ago. There was nothing at all to indicate that they would have been caused by any deliberate action, by bipeds of either the Sasquatch or human variety.
  4. Thanks for posting that, Jayjeti, an interesting read.
  5. Mike, that's 35 km each way, so a little faster, maybe 15km/hr, with stops along the way to check things out, take pics, biffy breaks for my wife (quite a production to get into the FS outhouse in a wheelchair!!!), so a very leisurely pace, for sure. The first half of the road is currently active logging, so probably maintained by the logging company, hence the locked gate at the Statlu Creek entry point, and the rest of the road to the campsite would be maintained by the FS Parks people, I think. SWWASAS, I haven't read any reports about Sas/Bigfoot sensitivity to disabled persons, but there are a lot of reports that I've not gotten to reading yet. Yes, we can be mean S.O.B.s at times, wish it wasn't so. Dave, the Buddha was new to me, about 5km off pavement, and must have been built in the last 3 or 4 years, since I was last up this road system. My sweety used to spend a lot of time in the shotgun seat on my outings, but in the last few years, often declines due to constant pain.
  6. I managed to get out yesterday (Sat.) as well. None of my local guys were available to go, but my wife surprised me by saying "yes" when I asked her to come along. It's no easy task for her, as she's currently wheelchair bound by severe arthritis, but she put up with about 5 hours on the rough Chehalis Lake logging road, where we went 35 km (about 22 mi) in to the Skwellipel Creek Forest Service campsite, near the decade old rockslide that created a huge tsunami on the lake. We had a nice lakeshore lunch break before heading back out. One of the branch roads that heads west from the Chehalis main towards the area where I had my sighting nearly 40 years ago, was gated with a very large and sturdy looking steel gate, so I couldn't explore up there, which I had hoped to do on this trip. We saw no interesting tracks, and zero wildlife bigger than squirrels and chipmunks, but it was a great day to be out in the woods.
  7. I like how you think, plussed you for this.
  8. Very interesting article, Pat, which displayed properly on my PC, BTW. JDL, Jane Auell's book, Clan of the Cave Bear, came to mind as soon as I saw that article, as well. I know that she spent years studying her subject matter, so I wonder if others were aware of the herbal medical knowledge of the Neanderthal long before the DNA study above?
  9. Got out again to the location of the Jan. 20th sighting near Sasquatch Park, with Thomas, Bill, and Jason, to have another look now that most of the snow has melted. We were able to locate the spot from where the witnesses saw the animal standing, and with Bill and Jason on the roadway in that spot , Thomas and I hiked up the hill to where they claimed the creature was located when they spotted it. Thomas had left a stake with a red survey tape at the creature's location when he did the initial investigation, so we knew we were back at the right point. Bill and Jason could see us quite clearly from the road, through the moss covered tree trunks, even though Thomas and I were both wearing camo outfits, but we only had to step a pace or 2 to either side to disappear from their view. We could still see very faint track impressions in the leafy understory, and found a bit of plaster debris from the cast making, but all definition was gone from the tracks after having 18" of snow fall on them and then melt away over the last few weeks. On Tuesday, Bill heard that one of his 4 wheeling buddies was up the East Harrison FSR at the same time we were at the nearby sighting location, and rolled his 4x4 down a steep embankment while manouvering around a bad mudhole. (See my picks a couple of posts above) Fortunately, his truck had a full rollcage, and stopped against a tree, so didn't go further down the mountain, and he escaped with nothing but a few bruises, though the truck is a write-off. I did take a dozen or so pics with my old Canon Powershot, but my new Windows 10 computer doesn't seem to want to communicate with the camera, so I can't post them till I get that sorted out, sorry.
  10. BigTW, it's good to be out and about again, believe me. The long recovery after last summer's surgery was harder for me to take mentally than physically, I think. I made my last visit to the wound clinic on Dec. 30th, so Jan. 1st brought me a New Year, my Birthday, and freedom from 3 times a week appointments for dressing changes, which was my biggest reason to celebrate! Our snow situation here has been very similar to what you describe
  11. You'd think so, davedoe, but that recent sighting took place in the week between our 2 biggest snow storms, and it was seen standing on a North facing slope, about 40 yards off the road, in deep timber, watching the witnesses, just standing and swaying, before fading back out of sight. The snow had mostly melted under the heavy tree canopy, and a trackway was found in the forest duff, and at least one track was cast. Steenburg's interview states that size and spacing of the tracks is convincing, but the needles and moss under the canopy didn't show much detail of the foot, other than general shape.
  12. I took My buddy Jim for a run up the east side of Harrison Lake today, to check out road conditions after the recent snow storms, and locate the recent sighting spot that Thomas had told me about. I won't go into details of the location, as Thomas has not yet published his interview with the witnesses, but there has been considerable snowfall since the sighting, so there was no sign of any tracks, new or old in that area. The main logging road was well plowed, though quite narrow, with high banks from the plowing in some sections, so meeting oncoming traffic was tricky, as both vehicles had to push the passenger side into the quite firm snowbank, and fold mirrors in to clear each other on the driver's side. Being the Family Day Holiday here in BC (Yes, we're a week out of sync with everyone else!!), we at least didn't have to contend with logging trucks today. We continued N on the main road as far as the Clear Creek hot springs turnoff, though the well plowed sections ended at Big Silver Creek logging camp. Along the way, we saw no tracks other than deer, coyote, and human in the heavy wet snowpack. It was late enough in the day to turn around and return to pavement, 35 km behind us, so we did just that. Our only wildlife encounter occurred between Cogburn Creek Camp and Bear Creek campsite, when we rounded a curve and startled a couple of big Blacktail does, who bolted into the timber so fast that neither of us got our cameras aimed for a shot. The rest of the run out was uneventful, but by the time we got back to pavement, you could hardly tell what colour my truck was! With the bright sun and snowy hills, it was a very pleasant day to be out in the back country of BC.
  13. The group of which I am a part share info freely within the group, but with hold names and exact location specifics from anything that we post/write on public media, for obvious reasons. Encounter reports are often posted in a blog or published in book form by our resident author, Thomas Steenburg. I sometimes describe outings here on the forum in the "Field Trips" thread, though I was sadly remiss in doing so this past year due to personal health issues, now resolved, so hopefully I'll post more this coming year, once we're dug out from all the unusually heavy snow we've had this late in the season. I also work with "BigfootHunter" in his tour company, Sasquatch Country Adventure Tours, sharing local sighting stories and general sasquatch lore with tourists who come to Harrison Hot Springs, which bills the area as "Sasquatch Country". Their reactions and comments all seem very positive, so we must be doing something right. Members of the group have been involved in a number of documentaries, TV shows, and published books, so we're not shy or secretive, but not glory hounds, either.
  14. What triggered my "encounter" was simply stopping my truck in plain view of one that was 150 yards away, downhill across a clearcut, by the side of a large creek. That action caused him/her to stand up from a crouch at the opposite creek bank, turning away from my truck, and hauling hairy butt up the other side of the creek across the clearcut on that side up to timberline and cover. I got the feeling that I had interrupted a pleasant afternoon's cool drink break, or maybe a productive crawfish feed. No "look backs", no pauses, just up the hillside and gone.
  15. Interesting thought. ^ There have been cultures throughout human history that honoured their dead family members by consuming their flesh shortly after death, thereby "absorbing" the ancestor's spirit.
  16. In addition to the feelings of both 1980squatch, and MIB, the only real surprise to me was the speed and ease with which the creature could traverse the very rugged and steep terrain where my definitive sighting took place.
  17. I can remember the year, season, and approximate time of day of each of my 3 incidents, and the locations, give or take a few hundred meters (yards), but not the exact dates. The area these occurred is actively logged, and the old clearcuts grow in, new ones are cut, old roads wash out, and new ones are built, so pinpointing events that happened over 35 years ago is problematic. In addition, the 2 that involved actual sightings were both at a comfortable enough distance that no feeling of personal danger was felt, thus no "searing" into the memory, as a traumatic event might produce.
  18. Hello, Hairy Man

     

    Now that I've been elected to the steering committee, I would like to know what is expected of me. Is there a thread somewhere that outlines the duties of steering committee members?

     

    Thanks,

    BC witness

    1. Hairy Man

      Hairy Man

      Yes, check out the pinned items in the Round Table. Your main duty to to review and vote on items presented to the SC, which has become less and less now that the Forum has been around awhile.

    2. BC witness

      BC witness

      Hi,

      Thanks for your reply, I'll look into that tonight.

      Sorry for the late response, I was in hospital from the 8th through today.

  19. My only clear sighting, back about '79 or '80, was more a confirmation of the newspaper stories and books that I'd read in my youth, than a revelation of something that I'd never heard of, so it was not a paradigm shift in my world view, and I carried on with life as usual, running my business, raising a family, and occasionally mentioning my sighting to those I thought might be interested. It's only been in the last few years, since I "sort of" retired, that I've given any thought to finding further evidence of the existence of Sasquatch. I've been very fortunate in that regard to have met some of the best researchers in the field, who have let me join them in their efforts to investigate sightings and reports, as well as doing our own searching in an area that has a very long history of these stories, the Upper Fraser Valley/ Harrison Hot Springs region of BC. In a nutshell, my thought at the time of my sighting was "Wow, they really do exist!"
  20. You're talking my area here, so I know those roads well, though I haven't done either in about a decade. Both are doable in any truck/suv with decent clearance. A late model used compact or mid sized suv of almost any make will get you in and out of most of our logging/mining road systems, but my preference is for one that's a true 4x4, that is equipped with a 2 speed transfer case, rather than just "All Wheel Drive", due to our often very steep grades in the mountains. The "LO" range really eases the load on the motor and tranny when climbing those, especially if the surface is loose or very rough, and saves the brakes when descending those same hills. I can often idle down really gnarly grades in low range/low gear without even touching the brakes in my '05 Chev TrailBlazer. In mid size Suvs, there are lots of choices, but I found the Chev TrailBlazer/GMC Envoy family to be the best bang for the buck, with Dodge Durango a close second. As soon as you start looking at Jeep, Toyota, Nissan of similar age and mileage, the price seems to double or triple. If you want to talk further on this, PM me and we can exchange phone numbers.
  21. I usually get trimmed when my youngest boy (heavy equipment operator) visits. I buzz him with the #1, but make him use the #2 on my head fuzz, and the #3 on the beard. The TrailBlazer goes in the shop 8AM Tues for new tie rod ends and alignment, and hopefully the actuator replacement for the front axles, if that's all it needs. If they have to dig into the internals of the disconnect, it'll have to wait for more funds. 4X4 trucks are almost as big a money pit as boats, especially if they actually get used off road, which mine definitely does, just like yours.
  22. I"m glad to see you guys getting out there and enjoying the wild country. Great shots from you outing, Dave. No recent reports from me lately, as I had some very major surgery a month ago, and it looks like I'll be in recovery mode for at least another 6-8 weeks, and on top of that, my TrailBlazer is in need of repairs to the front drive disconnect, so no rough trails till that's looked after. One of our group is organizing a weeklong camp at the end of Oct., so I hope I'm ready to go for that, and will of course report here. I have cabin fever big time! BTW, Dave, it looks like you and I have the same hair stylist. ;-)
  23. What exactly are you seeing in your GIF clip that looks fake to you, Crowlogic? I'm afraid I'm going to need red arrows or circles to grasp what you're trying to show us.
  24. Love the owls, SDB. Are the prints fresh, or fossilized? Thanks for the report on an interesting site, it's a place I'd like to visit.
  25. Always glad to be informative, hiflier. Those culverts in the last pic above are 1m (~40") in dia,, and that washout is 5' deep by 15' across. Also note the very rocky road surface in most of the photos, making it very hard to see tracks of any sort, unlike the roads at Blue Creek Mtn., in N. Cal., with their thick layer of soft soil and dust. We make a point of stopping to check out any damp areas along the way to look for prints. In post #282, photo 6, Thomas is standing beside the Jeep at a location where the brush behind him is in a very wet marsh, allowing him to locate and cast the tracks made by the rock thrower reported by the bear hunter back in Sep 2008.