Brian was kind enough to give me his permission, to share his encounter. Here is Brian's report:
My friend Jim and I were hiking, fishing and camping at a chain of lakes in an area called "Rockbound Valley" in the northernmost edge of Desolation Wilderness. A place we had been many many times because the fishing was good there. We were camped on edge of this beautiful lake surrounded by glacial slab, some brush, thick in places, and randomly scattered with conifers. Anyway, after a long day of fishing we went back to camp, lit a fire, made dinner and relaxed (no alcohol). We talked, and the time goes by, so now its dark. Really dark. No moon. It's around 9:30 or 10:00 PM. We are standing next to the fire, and all of a sudden, we hear this thud and see this baseball sized rock roll out of the darkness, stopping 10 feet to our right. We just looked at each not knowing what to think. A few seconds later followed another rock of similar size, and it fell to the ground, with a thud, directly in front of us.
At this point I yelled out, "Hey!!! Who's there?" No answer.
We shined lights toward the area and walked 30 to 50 feet up near a main trail where the objects had came from. About then, I saw a stick about 3" by 15", come flying at us missing me by no more than 5 feet. We turned off our headlamps and took cover behind a ponderosa pine snag, and we listened to it making these grunting sound as it was pushing through the brush moving North. I then saw a dark shadow cross over the spillway 100 yards away, and then it was gone.
There is no doubt in my mind, and Jim knows too, that what we encountered was a bigfoot. Jim and I had been there for 2 days, because no one else was there. Nobody. Another reason we know it was a bigfoot is that about a half hour after, we walked up to the trail where it had been. It was so dark that it was nearly impossible to navigate without my head lamp. Any person up on that trail that night, would have needed a light. Period!! We saw no lights which tells me no man was up on that trail to throw rocks at our camp. Bears don't throw rocks and sticks, nor do squirrels or mountain lions. I was on a Forest Service hotshot crew for 8 years. I have seen all these animals up close!! I know I never really saw it clearly, but I know in my heart, that what I saw that night was a sasquatch. There is no other thing it could have been. If you had been there, you would know. Now I am a knower. By the way, this whole encounter lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. In a lot of ways, it has changed the way I look at life. There are a lot of things in this world that we just don't understand.
After I replied to Brian about his encounter, he added:
Another thing you may be interested in is that about a half an hour prior to the encounter, we were breaking sticks for firewood by hitting them on boulders. Sometimes bigger sticks don't break the first time and this produces very loud hollow high pitch sounding knock. I think perhaps this was the catalyst which brought it to us. The encounter happened mid August back in 2005.
The next day we investigated the area where we believed it had been, but found nothing. This is the first time I have written about it.
I shared a few thoughts with Brian about his encounter:
I just want to give you my thoughts. What I think you encountered was probably a younger lone male, moving through the area. This may have been near an area that it frequents, and seeing you there may have caught it by surprise. I think it was only trying to get you to react, by throwing the rocks and the stick. If it wanted to hurt you, you wouldn't have returned home. I think it's similar to poking a snake with a stick. It was taunting you. It wanted to see what your intentions were, and how you'd react. Once it saw you as non threatening, it moved on. Some individuals show a real curiosity toward humans, but at the same time, they know they need to avoid us. I think it is why this individual scrambled out of sight as quick as it did.
Thanks again for sharing your encounter, Brian.
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