This winter has been ridiculously long here. We've got another storm hitting this end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area I've been wanting to hike is between 5600 feet, up to a ridge at 7200 feet. Besides the several inches of snow that has already fallen this week, the forecast now calls for occasional 100 mph wind gusts on the mountain ridges, with 1-2 feet of new snow in the higher elevations for Easter Sunday, with more snow on Monday. If it sounds like I'm whining, well I am! Generally I believe, "There is no "whining" in squatching!" But... COME ON!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!
Safety is always first priority for me, when trekking out into the field. I don't want to leave my kids fatherless, over something stupid, ie. being reckless, falling through the snow, snapping a leg or ankle, and getting stranded. This is what we started to run into, with the snow on our last trip out. (CLICK HERE for more) So, now I am sitting here at my desk, honing my discipline, and working on patience. I will admit, "It's becoming quite monotonous."
Going over the area's sighting report history, I find very little occurring during the winter months. Most of the winter activity seems to be occurring on the western side of the Sierras, at elevations below 4500 feet. It would make sense that a majority of the Squatches would move toward the warmer, more comfortable climate, found on the Pacific side of the Sierras. Obviously, there is plenty of food sources for them on that side, as evidenced in the video below, taken by Jaime Avalos, on the eastern side of the Sierras, just a couple of weeks ago.
I do believe that there maybe some squatches, hanging around the eastern Sierras in the winter months also. There's deer, bighorn sheep, rabbit, raccoon, coyotes, marmot and squirrels, as some possible sources of protein. As for plant matter, I'm sure they can scavenge for the same food sources that the deer are able to find this time of year.
I think the lack of sighting reports, throughout the winter, is due to the lack of people, traveling through these areas because of the weather. Less people=lesser chances of sightings. Most minor roads through the Sierras are closed, because of snow in the winter months. Only a handful of people go to these areas to snow mobile, snow shoe, or cross country ski. Even then, most human activities in the high Sierras, are concentrated around the ski resorts, where the roads are kept clear. I think we can all agree that our sasquatch brethren are avoiding these areas like the plague. With 36 million Californians, in close proximity of the Sierra ski resorts, you can imagine how crowded they can be. Even in this bad economy.
I'd like to make it over to the western side, but I just don't have the time or resources to get out that way. So, for now, I will continue to stick to my plan, and areas of concentration on the eastern side of the Sierras.