Sierra Tahoe Bigfoot Research

This site is dedicated to the research of bigfoot, and it's habitat, in the Tahoe and outlying Sierra region of Nevada and California. We listen to witnesses who want to talk about their experiences, and keep them confidential unless otherwise requested. Our mission is to learn as much as we can about the possible existence of the sasquatch, in the hope that we can all gather a better knowledge of the species, then ultimately, we as a race understand that it's habitat, and way of life, must be protected.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trip Into the Sierras: Living and Learning in the Matters of Squatching

The trip we made out into the northeastern Sierras, on Friday, proved to be a interesting day, even though we got a late start.

These flowers were starting to bloom, all over the open areas at the start of our hike.

About 15 minutes into our hike, we found a mountain lion track. On our last trip out, we found what I though was a mountain lion track, but after careful research of the photos I took, it was clear that it was some sort of canine print. This time, after knowing that cougar prints are wider rather than longer, and comparing the picture below to other prints online, it is pretty clear to me that this belongs to a mountain lion. I was pretty excited to start out the day with finding a trackway from another elusive denizen of the sierras.
(Click on any of these photos to enlarge.)

The print, by my best guess, appears to be from the day before, as this area received rain and freezing snow the previous 2 days. As you can see the print is a little eroded, and unfortunately, the angle I took the picture from, didn't capture as much detail as I thought it would. But you can clearly see the pad, and the 4 toes, with a lack of claw marks. A canine or bear print would have left claw/nail marks. The print measures about 4 1/4" across. For reference, my knife measures 4 5/8" in length. CLICK HERE to see a nice comparison of large feline tracks, to canine.

Continuing up the trail another 15 to 20 minutes, we found a suspicious print (see below), that measured 13" by 5.5". The print itself looks as though it might have been made where there may have been small puddle, as it looks like the print was made in washed out mud, and then the water seeped into the ground and/or evaporated, washing the print out. What kept my attention was the area at the front that appears to be toes. I'm confident it is a print and not just erosion, due to the fact that the mud is freshly pushed up on one side.


While I was examining the first print, Henry found a trackway leading away from the fire road we were on, up toward higher ground. There he found a print on the side of a stream bank, about 30-40 feet away from the aforementioned print. I first filmed the video of it, and then took a still photo of the print.


It had what appears to be a defined toe line, and you could see a mark on the left side of the print which looks like the foot slipped downhill a bit and the heel rotated to the right. You can see the mud pushed up around the right side of the heel area. I wish I would have spent more time examining this print. I don't know why I didn't. We had such a late start on the day that I just wanted to get up to my target destination. After looking at the photo, I am very excited by it. It looked to be about the same dimensions of the first print. The cut mark left on the left side of this second print, looks like it was made by a bare foot and not a boot. There would be streaks left by the treads on a shoe or boot and the edge of the shoe or boot sole would leave a definite angular cut. This mark was rounded as if the outside of a barefoot had slipped down the muddy slope. This print also looks very fresh, as if it had been made after the rain and snow stopped falling, the night before. The debris that is in the print, rocks, clumps of mud, etc. was either made by the subject in question, or by Henry stepping on the soft ground above the print, causing the debris to roll down into the print. This was our first possible sasquatch print find, and we handled it like the amateurs that we are. I can chalk this one up to "living and learning in the matters of squatching."

Feel free to right click on the photo, and copy it so you can look at it in Windows Photo Gallery, or similar program so you have the ability to zoom in and look at the details. The more I look at it, the more I want to kick myself for not spending more time examining it.

....It looks squatchy to me.

After spending only about 10 minutes in the area of the tracks, we moved onward back up the mountain. Halfway through the day, we did hear a thumping sound, but it was coming from the lower elevations, down toward the lake. I figured it was probably human in origin. It sounded like a hollow thud, with a very low tone. It happened in steady 3 and 4 beats at a time, with a minute or two between hearing them again. It carried on 5 or six times. At one point, I think the third time we heard it, they seemed much closer. Then they got farther away as we climbed higher.

Here's some of the scenery from our trip up.



After trudging up the mountain 3 miles or so, and gaining 1500 feet in elevation, we came to the snow line at about 6600 feet. It was 2-3 feet deep, and sloppy. With the day waning, we decided to head back down the mountain.

It turned out to be a good day. Any day we get to spend out there, is a good day.

VIDEO FROM THIS TRIP


Monday, April 26, 2010

3 Sasquatch Episodes on MonsterQuest Today


I was surfing the cable TV guide and found that there are 3 Sasquatch Episodes on MonsterQuest this afternoon on the History Channel. The following times are Pacific Time:

3:00pm-"Legend of the Hairy Beast" Cliff Barackman is in this one.
Native American legends of a creature resembling a hairy man are explored in an expedition along the Klamath River.

4:00pm-"Mysterious Ape Island" Dr. John Bindernagel
Stories of an ape-like creature on Vancouver Island are explored.

6pm-"Bigfoot" Cathy Strain and the Skookum Expedition are featured
Following a search for the legendary Bigfoot by an all-female team in Washington state. Also: The 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film of a supposed Bigfoot is examined.

MonsterQuest has made an official announcement that they have been dropped from programming on the History Channel. Hopefully they will find a home on a new network.

Nite Callers Radio


Earlier today, I had a really great time talking squatch with Luke, Laurie, JB, and Lauren at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nitecallers. I want to thank all of them for being such gracious hosts. I had a blast.

Jaime Avalos phoned in too and added relief to my long winded rants.

We actually continued for almost another hour offline, chatting, which will be available to listen to in the Nite Callers Radio archives.

I will be posting a write up with photos, of our trip out into the Northwestern Sierras, this past Friday. In the meantime, the video is available at the top of the page.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

NEW VIDEO: SASQUATCH ReCon in the Northeastern Sierras

I've posted a new video above, of a trip we made out into the mountains yesterday. I will post more pictures and a summary of our day, hopefully soon.

Seems like we never have enough time in the day........

In the meantime, here's the description I posted about it on YouTube:

"Returned to an area that we visited last month when there was a break in the extended winter weather we've been having. This area received freezing rain and snow the previous 2 days, but today was 20 degrees warmer and sunny. I wanted to take advantage of the soft ground to look for prints. We did find a couple interesting prints, in a trackway we were able to follow for about 30 yards before the ground conditions changed into the harder, pine needle covered stuff. After making our way about 3 miles, and a gain of about 1500 feet in elevation, we ran into deep wet snow at about 6600ft. Unable to stay out for nightfall, we had to make our way back down the mountain, to the car. We came to within a quarter mile of my target destination, a small meadow area with two small seasonal ponds, with a steep ridgeline to the east. Looks very squatchy to me. I've been studying this area on Google Earth all winter, so I'll be back as soon as I can free up the time."

Also, for those of you who might be interested, I'll be on Nite Callers Radio talking Bigfoot in Nevada, and the Sierras, this Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 4pm PST. See the previous blog entry below.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nite Callers Radio Sunday, April 25, 2010



Just wanted to make you all aware that I've been invited to be on Nite Callers Radio, this Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 4PM Pacific time. We'll be talking bigfoot in Nevada, and taking some questions. It will be great to chat with some of you. Please join us!

CLICK HERE to go to Nite Callers Radio, at BlogTalkRadio.com. They have all their great shows on there, available to listen to at anytime.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nitecallers

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When I'm Not Squatching.......

Over the past couple months, I've had a few inquiries from readers, as to what my actual profession is.

Well, I am self employed. For many of us, the economy has hit us all hard. My main source of income over the past few years has been currency trading in the Forex market. For those of you who were interested, you can see some of what I do on my Forex blog, FXTradePros.com. On my Forex blog, I like helping new traders in learning the basics of Forex trading, and also learn my style of trading. Yesterday, I posted a potential trade to watch for. Now, I've just finished uploading a video review of how the trade worked out.(See Video Below) Boring stuff for the squatch crowd, but I have fun with it. Actually, it is my Forex blog, that enabled me to begin blogging on sasquatch.

If you must know.... Yes, this is posed, not candid, of me and my two screens I use for trading. Now I use it more for squatching. Researching on one screen, and scouting GoogleEarth on the other.


Other projects I'm involved in, is consulting on "small scale" merger and acquisitions. Assist companies in going public, to raise funds for their businesses. I also have a group of investment bankers I work with, who can raise working capital for smaller publicly traded companies. As you can imagine, the banking and economic crisis has really slowed things down to a crawl, so it gives me time to pursue my squatchy aspirations.

Sometime last summer, I was surfing the net for squatch stuff, and I came across Cliff Barackman's blog. His setup reminded me of my Forex blog. I spent a few hours reading Cliff's blog, and thinking how cool this guy was! I like to fish, scuba dive, golf, but it was reading Cliff's stuff, that made me aware that maybe I can get involved in squatching somehow too. I then thought... "Hmmmmm, maybe I can start blogging on bigfoot, in and around where I live." My first intention was to only blog about bigfoot. Being that I'm generally a big chicken, I never intended to go out into the field. You can read more about why by CLICKING HERE. Since starting this blog, my illicit fear of seeing a bigfoot, has turned into a grand desire.

If you told me a couple years ago, that I'd be doing this? I would have not believed it. BUT, here I am......

FOREX Trading video from my other blog, FXTradePros.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cliff Barackman on the Parafactor, April 8th at 7 PM PST



Cliff Barackman will be on the Parafactor internet radio show tonight, along with Nick Redfern, Adam Davies, and Linda Godfrey, in a Cryptid Roundtable Discussion. Cliff was on the Parafactor a few months ago, and it was a hoot! The hosts are a lot of fun, and Cliff had a good time too. Mix that with conversation revolving around bigfoot..... How can you go wrong?! Tune in and listen folks! CLICK HERE to get to the Parafactor site for more info, and to listen.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sasquatch Field Trips, Again Hampered by Snow


A storm rolls in from the west, over the Tahoe National Forest

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.

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