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    My main 3-seasons tent is the Cabela's Alaska Guide model 6-man tent (6'3" tall in the center). I've also used the Timberline 6-man tent, and I really like it because it sets up lots easier (the Cabela's tent is nearly impossible to do alone in wind), but it can't stand up to wind after erected. The Timberline collapsed on me in stiff winds twice. Once set up, the Cabela's tent is almost bomb proof. I set up a full sixe cot with pad and huge sleeping bag rated to -5 degrees. Before stripping down for bed in the evening or getting out of the bag in the morning, I warm the inside of the tent with a propane lantern for a few minutes.
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    When I can't go up into the hills (like when rain has the rivers too swollen to cross), I'll hunt off the side of a certain highway. This is quite comfortable! The bears are still around, though. Right near this spot I saw two grizzlies within a week cross the road. One was a very mature boar. While a cabover camper is not much more than a glorified tent in terms of size, it's perfect for one guy or an intimate couple. It even has a potty for the lady. I commonly drag that enclosed trailer on my trips. It allows me to haul the Argo, motorcycle, or small boat, and it serves as a shop, storage area, and windbreak at the site. This particular site is windy, but I can sit inside the trailer and glass for game through the door in perfect comfort.
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    I'm either in a Marmot Limelight, rarely in a Henessy hammock, as the human burrito, out on a cot if no bugs or the back of the Rover, which is preferred to the hammock if only for the insect free view. It's a deathtrap as far as accidents on a roadway but all the glass sure makes it nice to see out of. That said, I still like the tent for getting to those sweet spots, not to mention the sounds are much easier to hear. I'm never going to have the experience of something waking me up by sticking its muzzle into my back through 4 mils of nylon in the truck. I'll never know what that was... Later, with the carpeted sleeping platform installed:
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    ^^^^^^ Just as a footnote, I've sequestered myself in my bedroom for the past several days with the blinds drawn due to another breakdown of some sort. I've been doing a lot of reading during this time. It's remarkable what one can find when one looks for it. "Knock, and it will be opened unto you. Seek, and ye shall find"......... At any rate, cumulative PTSD is extremely common among front line police officers, even those who haven't experienced lots of deadly gunfights themselves simply by dealing daily with murder, suicide, and accident victims, the anguish of victims families, or even just the regular exposure to evil (which is most definitely something I have felt and have a definite ability to detect). But this caught me by surprise! Apparently, the longer one accumulates trauma, the more it affects one's sense of smell! https://www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(17)30567-X/fulltext It was brought to my attention nearly 20 years ago that I had lost my sense of smell, just before or just after I had been shot in the head, and most definitely my worse gunshot injury, and the one that took the longest time to recover from (lost my eyesight in my right {dominant} eye that took years to fully regain). What is amazing is that the damage to the eye healed fully, but my sense of smell appears to be gone forever. Today is the first that I'm learning that it may be associated with PSTD. The PTSD associated with sasquatch exposure, in my estimation, could be particularly damaging with the added factors of others rejecting your claims, including officialdom, in addition to the wonderment one would engage in for the rest of his/her life afterwards over what they had seen.
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    Well written. I understand. It is indeed difficult to explain, but the word "detachment" is a good word to include. Been there, done that, more than once, and two times that immediately come to mind there was an element of complete surprise on my part. Once I was shot by a sniper, and another I surprised a large bear in a place (but not moment) where I expected one to be. In the bear incident, upon seeing the bear, I reacted perfectly with my actions up to and through my first shot (which was a good one).............and then I "detached" as I watched him roll backward, spin, thrash,...............and then lope away. Much later, back at work, a friend called it "buck fever". I disagreed, pointing out that my actions through the first shot (despite my initial surprise) were immediate and perfect, and he pointed out that "buck fever", which I never truly understood despite being a lifelong hunter, has no required timeframe. To this day, as you correctly write, I can't say he was correct or not, I can't adequately explain it, but it's very real. Moreover, since 2012, when I drove my pickup truck through the ice and to the bottom of a large lake at 44' deep, I've also been dealing with PTSD in a very alert, expectant, and educated way. Unlike 1975 when I was shot and PTSD was still a psychological phenomenon newly recognized in Vietnam veterans and undergoing new, intense, and continuing research, I fully expected to feel its effects after my brush with death trapped in my truck at the bottom of the lake. I even knew what those effects would be since I had gone through them more than once before. I'm learning that I knew nothing, but also that 7 years later I'm still learning that I don't understand so completely that my new experiences really won't be of much help to me or others. I'm quite confident that people who experience sasquatch encounters deal with very unique PTSD effects for the rest of their lives afterwards, and there's really not much they can do about it, even if they're wise enough to understand that they're going to go through it. Suffice it to say that I now strongly believe that PTSD has a definite cumulative effect. Each time one adds another psychological trauma (and that includes emotional trauma like fear, loss, surprise, etc as well as physical trauma), your mental health dies that much more, and recovery might not be forthcoming. My PTSD, starting in my childhood and being built upon every few years since with fresh traumas, emotional wounds, fears, and even major disappointments have destroyed me, and hurt everyone around me. I'm crazy to want to see a sasquatch. Maybe that desire says a lot about why my life is not much more than a collection of regularly scheduled traumas?
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    Nice tent, but you might need to invest in a light now. This is the type that builds confidence.
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    Wasn't quite sure where to drop this, but if you read the article & check out the pics that go along with it you'll see apes standing completely upright and the story behind it. Certainly not BF proof, but maybe interesting to see something uncommon. An upright bipedal gorilla, who would of "thunkit"? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/gorillas-picture-pose-for-photos-virunga-national-park-anti-poaching-rangers-a8879026.html
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    Date & Time - Saturday April 20, 2019 11am - 4pm or so Location- Oregon Cascades Weather - 55 degrees, overcast, slight drizzle and misting. Some light forest fog. What Happened - NorthWind, my son and I took a hike/walk out in the Oregon Cascades up a damaged forest road covered in downed trees, and then closer in at one of the area lakes (I plan on visiting all of them eventually). We thought we might have heard rock clacking on the forest road, but we weren't sure, and I'm not sure the video caught it either. The creek sure was pretty. For the second walk at a Reservoir, we found barefoot prints, but they look human and they were close to an area at the lake that people frequent. I suppose its good practice looking for prints regardless. I'll post them but if anyone has a different opinion than human, say so please. Btw, the structure-shelter I found two weeks ago was destroyed by the flooding rains we had last week. Both structures are completely wiped out. It was a slightly drizzly day, but great for walking! So, not much bigfootery, but a lot of nice time outside. I'll count that as a win. NorthWind walking into the fog. Taking a break.
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    One of the nice aspects of a cabover camper is that you can drop it onto stands and drive your truck around without it. You can set up a nice camp around it, too. Granted, you won't be doing that on a weekend trip, but when staying for a week or more and would like your truck to range out, it's wonderful.
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    Without question, the P-G filmsite (Patterson-Gimlin filmsite) has been relocated with 100% accuracy. And it can be proved. Fixed landmarks, notably the trees and stumps that are still there. The "big tree" (a Douglas fir) can be seen today as it can be seen behind Patty in the original October 20, 1967 footage. Those who have located other "sites" as the P-G filmsite are plainly wrong, most notably M.K. Davis, and I suspect why he has chosen his own site is to put the spotlight on himself and his less than stellar research, rather than put the spotlight on those who did the work: Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. There was never a Munns-Perez site or a Munns site. When Bill Munns was there with us in the Summer of 2012 it was very clear to him within minutes of observing the site that this was indeed the P-G filmsite, and I believe he said words to the affect of "I'll sign off on this," meaning there was no doubt this was the P-G filmsite. In the early days before there was any fuss about the location it was simply called the "filmsite," and later the late great René Dahinden started calling it the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite and in the Bigfoot Times newsletter (1998 to present) I simply opted for a shortened, abbreviated version: the P-G filmsite. After René's death in 2001 the filmsite got "lost" as it were only because a great many trees had grown up in the area which in essence disguised the location and it was the fine work of Mr. Steven Streufert and Robert Leiterman and colleagues who set about the task of rediscovering the location, and Steven Streufert used my map in Bigfoot At Bluff Creek to get a precise bearing of the physical location.
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    Here's the Timberline 6-man tent. I love this tent! Two full size Army cots fit, one on each side, and room in between for dressing and what not. In the middle between the cots we would have a propane tank with a lantern on a plenum post for light and heat. There's room under the cots as well as at either the head or foot for gear. It's easy to set up and take down, even for one man. It just can't handle strong wind. If you're in a forest, it's a great tent.
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    33-23 million years ago? We have no evidence of great Apes existing then, anywhere on planet Earth. Let alone a fully evolved bipedal ape ready to make the trip to North America. While all of our theories are stretches? I think yours is a pretty good leap. It took 100,000 years for the hobbit to shrink to its size we find it to be 50,000 years ago. That’s not a lot of time.
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    What it settles is any dialogue that says the PGF could have been filmed anywhere else. That dialogue is history since the PGF could only have been filmed exactly where Bob and Roger said it was filmed. It also serves to support timelines and other locations in the area like store as well as Lyle Laverty's claim of taking pictures of the trackway. I thank everyone whose diligence in the process of nailing down the sit made it all happen.
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    First, calling anything "the Munns Site" is inappropriate, because a fine team of explorers basically identified the site before I got there. I merely verified their excellent survey and exploration work, and I identified a few trees and landmarks not previously verified. As to universal acceptance, we sadly live in a world where universal acceptance is likely a nostalgic memory, because people seem empowered to think they can claim false things as true, just to win an argument or advance an agenda. But any disciplined factual evaluation of the site (as well as other suggested locations) will verify that the site has been verified to a 100% certainty. So people can believe it or not as they choose, but it is the site, and PGF research can reliably be done there.
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    I watched this new documentary and liked it very much. It has an update on what the NAWAC has been up to on Area X and our own Chairwoman (Hairyman) gets interviewed!
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    Takes less time to blow up now that I quit smokin'. 😉😉
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    It's in large part a sleep problem. I can't sleep at the appropriate times, then later crash from exhaustion. It's also common in the spring. For a number of years it appearred also associated with cluster headaches, but that also appears to be age related, because I haven't had any of those in a few years. When I had to go to work, anyway, and make things happen, it was pure Hell. At least now I can just blow the world off and stay in bed. Got wifi, streaming, and a refrigerator just 40' away, and safe from bears and bigfeet. It beats the best tent I've got (I know........I did 6 days in a tent in sub-zero temps alone on an ice fishing trip that went bad some years ago.........I got really sick).
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    Ok, I'll share. I've told the story .. Aug 20-ish, 2011. Backpacked with a friend into a lake basin. We were beat so we just took the first spot we found the first night. This picture is from 2018, just shows the camp site. "They" came above to the right. The knocks were (1st) directly above to the right, and (2nd) somewhere farther to the right about 75 yards from camp. My tent, shown below, would have been just left of the fire ring and little beyond it, my buddy's larger tent filled the opening on beyond that just this side of, and left of, the big tree on the edge of the campsite. The next morning wandering around, I found a better camp site about 200 yards from the first. This is my spot for the second night. The bigfoot that came into camp stood about where the rocks are to the right / away end of the tent. When I got up to pee, and again to check my pack 'cause I thought I was hearing rodents, it was RIGHT THERE ... I couldn't bring myself to flash my light that direction for some reason. The "tent" is a Cabela's Northstar Bivy, long discontinued. It's about 90 inches point to point lengthwise, 30 inches wide, and 18 inches high. My shoulder brushes the roof when I roll over but there's a lot of flat space inside for gear other than my pack. The pack is a roughly 1980 vintage Kelty Tioga II which I still use for my heavy hauling. Directly behind me about 15 feet is the fire ring and just beyond that is my buddy's camp spot. The following year, Labor Day weekend, 2012, I did my "death march" and wound up camping in the same location after 13.5 miles. I did that hike solo and camped in the spot he camped the year before. Different pack. In 2012 and 2013 I used a "Sacrifice" internal framed hunting pack from Badlands for backpacking. It has the advantage of a lower center of gravity and the suspension is adequate for lighter loads. The "tent" this time was a ground sheet and REI "Bug Hut I". I also had a new Western Mountaineering MityLight sleeping bag and a Thermarest NeoAir pad. The fire ring is just out of sight below my left elbow as I took this picture. Nothing happened this night, but during the death march around noon I got the "ahhhh" recording I sometimes mention, I found a track in the trail mid-afternoon, and in the morning when I got up here, I recorded the only whoops I've ever heard. One of those whoops elicited a 2-syllable response., so yeah, whoops. So it's a little off topic, but the pic below shows something interesting. The bare-ish patch on the point across the river , left of center, is where I think the "ahhhh" roar came from because it is the nearest point above me in the right direction and there is a similar, though more pronounced, outcropping where the first one came from. This is at 10x magnification so distance is deceiving, it's over 2 miles. Oh, and the swamp where I found the funny turds 2 years ago is just out of frame to the lower right side of the picture. There is no sane approach to that outcrop from this side of the river, have to go from the other side about 2 miles off-trail. I ran trail cams on it for a couple seasons. One died. I have new cameras and plan to go back this summer for another try at figuring out what made that sound. MIB
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    I went camping on the Umpqua River this weekend. This is my set up - new tent, old dog, old truck and 30 year old camp stove still going strong. Lots of coffee and bacon. And I huge love for the outdoors combined with a hungry curiosity about sasquatch!
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    I usually end up on my own ( not by my own choice, people seem to be flaky about cold and wet ) with the exception of my 357 being at my side. I am always looking to work with others out this way but it seems pretty empty of folks who want to work as a group or commit the level of time that I do. It can be very dangerous and go very wrong very fast. Cougar populations are on the rise and in knowing that I always like to either be on the high ground or watch any rise I may be passing by. You should evaluate every location you move through from a predatory mindset and avoid ledges or rock outcroppings near pinch points. I am not so worried about bears, they seem to lift feet when people come bush battling through. I also entirely avoid red or pink colored accents on my clothing. I also always carry a small med kit, compass, strong blade, multi-tool, 100 feet of paracord, 2 mylar blankets, pocket survival guide, painters drop cloth ( great shelter waterproofing ), gorilla tape, fishing kit, 6 fire starters, a flint striker, lighter headlamp, spare batteries, water filter, 2500 extra in carb calories and a good sized bag of common sense. If you have these things and know how to use them then you can make it back to civilization almost every time.
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    I am just reading this thread, so my apologies if I am a little late. In addition to the vaseline soaked cotton balls, I always carry a road flare or two along with me. They are light, packable, and they will burn even underwater, and give you enough time to light anything. And they can be used for signalling, or as a critter repellent if needed.
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    Good stuff! Thanks for posting it. You have to wonder how many people out there have a story they have never told anyone. Am I the only one who thinks that guy looks just like Jeremy Wade?
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    Anything that keeps you dry is half the battle. If you get and stay wet you are not likely to survive for very long. The climate in the PNW is benign in the winter as far as temperature. But people who get lost do not last too many days if not found because they get soaked through.
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    Here is an excellent video (two parts) of how to rig a quick shelter in frigid weather that can save your life. It is from Dave Canterbury of Dual Survival. It involves a 2 mil painters plastic and a space blanket. Very little cost and next to no weight to carry with you in the backcountry. A fringe benefit is that fire will help keep some predators away and keep you occupied so your mind (and imagination) doesn't run wild.
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