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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I like how you think, plussed you for this.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

  16. 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!"
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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. ;-)
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. hiflier, a lot of the washouts are actually deliberately created by the logging companies when they finish cutting on a particular road system. They will remove a culvert, and/or cut a deep trench across the roadbed at a low spot, so the water will flow across the road, rather than along it, as is happening in pic 4 of my post #282. Sometimes these trenches are only a few hundred feet apart, making for lots of bumper scraping when driving through them. It's a lot cheaper for them to come back a decade or 2 later for more logging, and simply have to drop in a new culvert and a few loads of gravel at each of these spots, than to have to rebuild the entire road. With regards to the intensity of rainfall here, it can often rain steadily for days, at a rate of 1 or 2 inches per day, and occasionally increase to rates of an inch or more per hour, which would create devastating flash floods in most other parts of the planet, but our terrain has been sculpted by millenia of this weather to handle this rate of flow. It's in areas where we have tried to impose our control on the flow that the real problems occur, taking out roads, dikes, and other infrastructure when the really big rains hit every few decades. A couple of shots of these trenches:
  24. Sun., May 15th, myself, Thomas, and MagniAesir got together for a trip up the logging roads in the vicinity of the famous 1940's incident at the Chapman farm. This sighting is one of the classics, and can be found in John Green's database, as well as in Chris Murphy and Thomas Steenburg's book "Sasquatch in British Columbia". We hadn't been on the forest roads in the area since last summer, when the 2 main ones were quite busy with construction traffic for a twinning of the main power lines that run across the mountains. It was nice to see that the work is now finished in the 2 watersheds north of the Chapman place, and the roads are now much quieter, with no logging in those valleys, either. The downside, of course, is that the winter storms have done some damage to the roads, which probably won't be repaired until a new timber cut opens up, but that's why we drive 4x4s, right? Most of the blowdowns have been cut through by ATVers and 4x4ers where they were blocking the trails, so they weren't any real challenge, but each of the branches of the roads ended in washouts much too deep to attempt, even with Magni's short, very lifted old Jeep. On the first Creek system, we explored all of the branches, stopping at the site of a report from a bear hunter of a large rock thrown across a swamp at him by a dark, upright creature, in Sep. of 2008, so that Magni could record a short interview with Thomas at the spot where he had found and cast tracks the day after the hunter had reported the incident to him. We found no evidence anywhere on those roads and cutblocks, other than a few piles of recent bear scat, and by the time we were done there, it was time for Magni to drive Thomas back home, so he could catch a few ZZZs before going on shift at 10PM. I had no such obligation, so I said my goodbyes to the guys, and headed a few km further east, to the second FSR system. Conditions were much like those at the first Creek, though there was much more bear scat in evidence. I managed to get over the pass between the 2nd and 3rd creeks, but at just 11km from where the 3rd Cr. FSR returns to pavement, came to a blowdown across the road, with a mudslide 80 meters further along, followed by a 5' deep x 15' wide washout just beyond that. I took that as a definite sign to backtrack the way I had come, call it a day, and head home for supper. Altogether, I cruised about 60km (40miles) of deteriorating logging roads today, so the truck and I are feeling a bit jostled and dusty. Because of the quieter conditions in these 2 valleys this year, we will make a point of returning as often as possible to look for evidence, or better yet, some tracks with a Sasquatch still standing in them! A few shots from the trip:
  25. My buddy Thomas and I had made arrangements a few nights ago, while out with friends for Chinese food, to get together today, Sunday, May 8th, for a run up to a remote valley, as Thomas had heard a second or third hand report of a logging crew seeing very large, human-like footprints near a specific landmark in that area. He is a long time Sasquatch researcher and author , so of course he wanted to check the report out, and I have an interest in the big hairy hominids, so it was the perfect excuse for a road trip. We got away at 0730 for the 40km highway run to the turnoff, then another 30km up that logging road to the valley turnoff. This route took us through the scene of last year's major forest fire, which I reported in another trip thread last August, and through a much smaller new fire that was burning today, with ground crews and bucket helis working to douse it. Once on the branch road to the reported track site, we slowed down, as it was rougher than the main FSR, and we wanted to keep our eyes peeled for tracks. About 4km in, Thomas spotted some tracks in a small muddy pond alongside the road, so we stopped to check them out. They were from a good sized black bear, with the pads of the front paws half again as wide as my own size 12EEE boot, and just down the road a dozen yards or so, there was a large pile of bear scat, and a game trail through the weeds and crossing the road, but no sign of the track maker in the flesh. Just beyond that spot, we came upon a couple of loggers pumping water into their fire supression storage tanks, mounted on a big flatbed trailer, so we stopped to chat, but got no further info on the reported tracks, as they were not part of the same crew that supposedly made the original report. Beyond the branch road where they were working, it was obvious that no logging had occurred in the last year, as the road became much rougher, and had frequent washouts. When we reached the reported area of the tracks, it was obvious that there had been no logging anywhere within miles of the landmark Thomas had been given as "the location", but we continued to the end of the trail just to see how far it carried on. That turned out to be another 10km, where a washed out old bridge, with a very swift, deep, snow fed creek running through what was left of the old road. We were disappointed that the intel Thomas had received was proved unreliable, but were glad for the chance to get together and check it out, regardless. At this point, we stopped for lunch, then headed back out, checking out a few of the branches off the main road, We also located a lovely little lake in the forest that Thomas remembered from a previous ATV trip through the area several years ago.