This section automatically collects news feeds with the words bigfoot, sasquatch and yeti in them - as such, some articles about people with big feet and monster trucks are bound to get through, so try and sort the wheat from the chaff.
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 had a heat stroke in Death Valley in early 90's while backpacking Tuber Canyon on the way up to Telescope Peak in July (I know it sounds crazy and foolish now!)
I recall that the day before it was 125 F in Furnace Creek, and we could not sleep outside at night because the ambient temperature never dropped below 90 F.
My backpack was heavy (I had 3 gallons of water) for a 3-day trip.
We were making slow progress towards the saddle and drinking plenty of water and Gatorade.
Eventually, I got dizzy, dropped my pack, and told my friend that I needed a break and sat down in the middle of the canyon.
I had stopped sweating and had no ability to cool.
Drinking water was not helping.
Per my friend, my face was red and had no sweat.
I passed out and regained consciousness a few seconds later and my friend who was a military veteran knew what to do.
He helped me get into the closest shady spot in the canyon (it looked like a small cave or overhang 2 ft over canyon floor), raised my legs, loosen my belt and clothes, and poured water all over my clothes.
I laid there for a few hours (seemed like 2-3 hours) until I was fully alert, able to sit up, and regained the energy to continue the backpack up to the saddle.
In retrospect, we should have left right away, but we were young foolish and wanted to bag that peak.
We made it to the saddle and set up camp but at midnight it was miserably hot, and we bailed.
The scariest aspect of a heat stroke is the inability to cool down because you stop sweating.
No amount of drinking water will help.
However, I knew something bad was happening and that I needed to find shade and cool down.
My friend probably saved my life by helping me find shade and wetting all my clothes (because I was not fully alert, and my cognitive skills were dimmed).
If the Gerrish family could not find any shade or cool down by wetting their clothing, then I can believe that they could have died from heat stroke.
However, I still find it odd that both husband and wife died from this since not everyone has the same physical limitations.
For example, my friend was fine and had no heat exhaustion or stroke symptoms during that backpack up Tuber Canyon.
I went through a similar experience in Arizona in May-2014 while backpacking solo, where I ran out of water and developed heat exhaustion symptoms.
I knew what I had to do to survive: stop, find a shady spot, lower my heart rate, and cool down before proceeding (or wait until evening for cooler temperature).
I made it to the destination awfully slow and totally dehydrated, but I made it.