Our long time member Tirademan (R.I.P. Scott McClean) compiled this extensive archive of Sasquatch related newspaper articles and donated it to the BFF before his passing. The earliest articles in this collection are from 1818 in Florida, 1877 (Australia), 1884 (Canada) and 1764 (Europe).
I agree that your theory makes a lot of sense ShadowBorn. But the tracks ending and him not being found would constitute the real mystery...and I have no logical explanation for that unless, as they said, "The apes got him..."
I usually have coffee with me on a daily basis. Love it in the woods, too (it always tastes better).
Last weekend, @Madison5716 turned me on to this product...
As strange as it seems, it's really good! Less sweet than a regular coke, and yes, it has caffeine. Completely different than anything I have tasted before. But I give it a thumbs up.
Interesting story and obviously there are a few elements that cannot be simply explained away but as you've written above Shadowborn, the most likely explanation I feel is that he had a hypoglycemic incident that led to him getting confused, lost and maybe his tracks were covered. I too am diabetic and had a hypo incident when I was in Los Angeles a few years back and got totally confused and lost, you don't think rationally or act logically.
There are still questions about why he didn't get found by the search, why his tracks weren't located etc. But maybe they were looking for someone thinking rationally or acting normally which he may not have been.
I carry several knives, but my main field blade is my ESEE 4 (which I am in freaking love with), which I have been carrying handle down on my right pack shoulder strap (I am left handed) so it makes for really quick deployment. @Madison5716 carries a Scandi style knife in more of a dangler type sheath, so that is not really an option. With all she's been through, I am not sure a chest rig would be an option for her, but she has really bounced back and is amazing.
I also got a "battle belt" from Condor and I LOVE it so far. It simply opens up and velcros around my pack's belly band and offers more padding (as if I am not soft enough around the middle!). I needed that extra padding. Then it has a boatload of MOLLE attachments so I can strap the holster for my Colt 1911 (and two extra mags). I also hand carry a shortish spear with a quick release sheath and use that as a walking stick.