Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sasquotes - James (a Witness)

Here's some truth I'd like to share...


"They don't need to be managed,
they need to be left alone."

-James (a sasquatch witness)



Respect the 'squatch.  
(This post is dedicated to those who know.)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Footprints on the Elwha

As you may already suspect, I'm a fan of footprint data.  I joke that it's a form of foot fetish, but in reality I just dig science.  Also, I've been doing the bigfoot thing for long enough that stories are not enough to satisfy me anymore.  When there are photos, videos, casts, or anything else that can be shared, well...  that gets my attention.

As it turns out, some hikers on the Olympic Peninsula ran across some probable sasquatch footprints just a week or two ago.  On Januray 16, 2011, a line of 13 inch barefoot footprints was found on the Elwha River Trail a few miles west of Port Angeles, WA.  The hikers took a photograph of one of the footprints, but unfortunately, only one.  Still, this is way better than nothing.

The footprint next to the hiker's boot.


The photograph was taken on a cell phone camera, which explains its marginal quality.  At first glance, it appears that the print is huge, but this is not the case.  You are probably not looking at the print itself, but rather a larger impression that happens to be there.  Take a look at the following photograph for a clarification of what you're looking for.

The print has been outlined.  Please forgive me for not
using the customary red outline, but this is not a blobsquatch!


As is often the case, only the witness' boot was used for scale.  (I have also made this mistake in my early days of bigfooting, so I don't get too critical about it.  However, for all of you who consider yourself to be bigfooters, please carry around a scale item for just such an occurrence!)  The witness' boot was measured while I was on the phone with him.  The boot's length is 12 inches, which puts the print at about 13 inches or so.  The prints continued in a line for a while on the trail.  The witness said that in person, the toes were clearly visible., and you can just make them out in the photo (or at least it appears that they are there).

You can read the full report on the BFRO website by clicking this link.  The narrative follows here: 

My three friends and fellow soldiers recently spent a three day camping trip into Olympic National Forest Elwha River Trail. We had to return to cell coverage, so myself and my buddy headed out of the forest and north on the main trailhead.

The night before was a heavy thunder storm so the trail was very muddy. I was a leading us out and stumbled upon a very clear muddy print of a left foot. I wear a size 11 mens boot and to me this was clearly a size 14-15. The print seemed recent and had clearly defined toes and arch. We only had a cellphone to take the picture with and regrettably only took the one. The tracks, that seemed to be from the same source (none as clearly defined), went on heading north on the trail an additional 25-30 feet. 

And here's my follow up report:



Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cliff Barackman:
The witness was contacted on 1/23/11. He was very cooperative, and was happy to send me the photograph of the footprint.

The witness noted that at this time, the road that led to the Elwha River Trail was closed, making the journey from the ranger station to the trailhead a four or five mile walk. The prints were found another one and a half miles down the trail.

Taking into consideration the location and the weather conditions, it is unlikely that a person was going barefoot on that trail. The witness told me that the only people he saw on the entire trip were walking in as he was walking out on the road after the weather had cleared a bit.

The quality of the footprint photograph isn't great, but it isn't bad either. To avoid confusion with the larger impression, I have outlined the footprint. Click the link above to see the print.

Using the witness' 12 inch boot as scale (the witness measured it for me while we were on the phone), the footprint is approximately 13 inches long.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bigfoot Snowboards

Graphic artist, bigfoot researcher, and friend of the 'squatch, Scott Minton, has done it again with this design for Humanity Snowboards!  You will probably recall that I featured some of Scott's designs for tee shirts a little while ago.

Click this link for more info on this bigfoot snowboard.

Turn your head to the side
and check out this design!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bigfooting with Cliff on the Olympic Peninsula

Every spring break, I take a few nights and disappear into the woods for some bigfooting adventures.  In the year 2008, my trip was to the Olympic Peninsula, and my only companion for most of the trip was my video camera.  I have recently edited together footage taken on that trip for your viewing pleasure.  I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dr. Bindernagel in the News

I can't get enough of Dr. Bindernagel.  I assume that this is true of you, too.  To those ends, here you go:



His book is definitely a "must read" if you're into the scientific side of the bigfoot thing.  I cannot stress enough how this book should be in every amateur crypto-primatologist's library.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A New Look for 2011

The website, www.NorthAmericanBigfoot.com, is now over two years old.  In fact, I made the actual website even before starting this blog.  It was a learning process that still hasn't stopped, but I'm a little better at it now than I was then.

In an effort to avoid doing the report cards that were due by the end of this past weekend, I distracted myself with undertaking a complete make-over of the website.  It's amazing how much I can get done when there's something I'm trying to avoid!  (And yes, the report cards were finished on time...)

www.NorthAmericanBigfoot.com
(Thanks again, Art, for the cool graphic!)


The website serves a different purpose than this blog.  I mostly use the website as a holding tank for data that I collect, while this blog is for sharing my thoughts, adventures, and news-worthy items that I think every bigfooter should know about.

Like I said, the website offers something different.  I think that the footprint database and the sound recordings are pretty interesting.  I've now added a direct link to my Youtube Channel, as well as an online store that I'm playing around with.  (I have some very talented friends who will be donating cool bigfoot designs to feature on shirts and other merchandise in the near future.  I'll let you know as things progress.)

While I'm still fiddling with the site, it's more or less up and running.  I'm sure there are a few dead links here and there, so forgive me.  In fact, feel free to help and email me about any glaring errors that you find.  I'd be interested in fixing them.  Please also remember that the site is nowhere near done. My ideas are plentiful, but my time is short!

Oh yeah, one more thing.  If you are a regular visitor to my website, you might need to refresh your browser to see the new design.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sasquatch Summit in Honor of John Green

What are you doing over the weekend of April 8 - 10, 2011?  I know what I'm doing!  I'm heading to Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia for what will surely be the most amazing bigfoot gathering of the year: The Sasquatch Summit, a Tribute to John Green.  Whoohoo!



John Willison Green is a legendary figure in the history of sasquatch research. He wrote some of the most informative books on the subject, and he acquired a database of sightings and encounters that is invaluable and unrivaled. He documented the subject like no one else and corresponded with anyone interested in the sasquatch. John’s contributions are well known; his epic tome, Sasquatch: the Apes Among Us is the quintessential sasquatch book. After many years of tireless interest and inquiry, it’s time to gather in John’s hometown and celebrate his lifetime contribution to our bigfoot world. Please join us April 8, 9 & 10 for a weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia.

Check out this line-up:

GUEST OF HONOR: JOHN GREEN
Special Guests: Bob Gimlin, David Hancock, Loren Coleman, John Kirk
Presentations by: Dr. John Bindernagel, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Christopher L. Murphy, Thomas Steenburg with Bill Miller
Tributes by: David Hancock, Jeff Meldrum, Bob Gimlin, Loren Coleman, John Kirk and others

The event will be a gathering of bigfoot researchers, authors and enthusiasts brought together to celebrate the life and contributions of John Green. Friday, April 8th will start with registration opening at 4pm, and continue into the evening with light snacks and a no-host bar at an informal ‘Meet & Greet’ reception. Later there will be Round Table Discussions with well-known authors and investigators, a chance to catch up with friends, and time to browse amongst the vendors tables.

The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The presentations will focus on local sasquatch encounters, the current status of research, and the lifetime involvement of John Green in regards to sasquatch investigation. John himself will participate in a question and answer session as well. 

A tribute banquet will take place Saturday evening from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Unique sasquatch artifacts and evidence will be on display; rare books and commemorative items will also be available. 

Tickets:  $80 -includes admission to all events and banquet dinner.
$105 -Reserved Seating at conference and commemorative poster.
(add $20 to the ticket prices and purchase your t-shirt now. Include size and color with your order.)

Payment Methods:
In the US, to purchase tickets, please contact Tom at tyamarone@pacbell.net

In Canada, mail a check or money order to (and payable to):
Lesley Solunac
3360 Rolston Crescent
Victoria, B.C. V8Z 4P1

Paypal is an option – add $5 /ticket for their processing fees.  Account: tyamarone@pacbell.net

Location:  Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa
100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0          
Phone (604) 796-2244         Toll-free 1-800 663-2266    (PRESS 2 for Group Reservations)
(We recommend that U.S. residents utilize the toll free number.)
http://www.harrisonresort.com          

GROUP NAME: Sasquatch Summit
(the rates listed below are a substantial discount from their regular Friday & Saturday room rates. Be sure to get a confirmation number. They will also email you a confirmation email.
Do let us know if you have any problems making your room reservations.)

Main Hotel     $119 per night.          The rooms found in the main hotel, which is the original structure built in 1926, are warm and cozy and are decorated in a heritage style.  All rooms have different configurations, so please ask what the sleeping arrangements are when booking. (Example: some rooms have one double and one single bed instead of two queens.) **These rooms are excellent accommodations but have soundproofing issues. If you are sensitive to sounds from neighboring rooms, please be advised.**
West Wing     $129 per night.          Featuring standard hotel rooms, the West Wing rooms offer views of the resort gardens or Harrison Lake.
West Tower   $139 per night.          The West Tower has superior rooms and features balconies that overlook the famous Hot Springs pools or Harrison Lake.
East Tower    $149 per night.          The East Tower is the newest addition to the hotel where you'll find deluxe rooms with balconies. All rooms have a full or partial view of Harrison Lake.
Cottages        $139 per night.          Drive up to your own comfortable cottage located toward the back of the resort. These cottages are pet friendly with no extra charges and include a bedroom with a separate living room that features a gas fireplace and fold out couch. If you are bringing a pet please read the ‘pet registration card’ found under ‘accommodations’ on their website.
All rates are based on double occupancy and do not include taxes.

There are a few other accommodations in the town of Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. For more information, try a google search – or contact an event organizer for a file on other accommodations.

Sasquatch Summit Organizers: Alex Solunac, Lesley Solunac & Tom Yamarone
Contact them with questions at

Tom Yamarone   tyamarone@pacbell.net          
Alex Solunac   nootka_sound@hotmail.com
Lesley Solunac    lesleybutterfield@hotmail.com            

The organizers:
Alex Solunac, Tom Yamarone, and Lesley Solunac


The fine print!  PLEASE NOTE:  Ticket prices may be increasing after February 15, 2011.  Purchasing your ticket prior to this date will avoid any potential rise in costs. $55 of the ticket price is to pay for the banquet itself, and includes provincial taxes and pre-paid gratuities. The number of tickets available is limited due to space/Fire Marshall regulations. We cannot guarantee that there will be tickets available to purchase ‘last minute’ at the event. Unfortunately, due to conference contract restrictions refunds will not be available within 30 days of the event. Event organizers and resort staff reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone. Disruptive behavior will result in removal from the event. Event organizers will not be held responsible for activities conducted outside of the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa facilities. Event times may be subject to change.


------ IMPORTANT NOTE on PASSPORTS or PASSPORT CARDS ----
United States residents, you NEED one to cross into Canada and then return to the U.S.  They take 4 weeks to process. Passports cost $135 these days. Passport Cards are half the price or less.

Also, I've received word that Washington residents have an Enhanced Driver's License option - instead of a passport or passport card.






Saturday, January 15, 2011

2005 Hand Print from Mescalero, NM

2005 Mescalero, NM

Year
2005
Month
January
Date
29
State
NM
County
Otero
Location
Mescalero
Found by
Dennis Pfohl
Collected by
Dennis Pfohl
Width (heel of palm)
16 cm
Width (midpoint of fingers)
14 cm
Width (heel of palm)
16 cm
Length
24.6 cm
Thumb width
4.6 cm



The year 2005 was a very bigfooty year in New Mexico. Several expeditions were held at various locations by the BFRO and others, some of which yielded sightings and footprint photographs. 

One of the more interesting pieces of data to come out of New Mexico that year was a handprint left on a mobile home's weathered screen window on the Mescalero Indian Reservation. It was  found by Dennis Pfohl, a bigfoot investigator (and friend of the 'squatch) from Colorado, who was on the scene investigating activity from the night before. The handprint's size, height from the ground, and context all suggest that it is likely from a sasquatch. 


Mescalero, NM

Dennis collected the screen, and it is now in his possession. The handprint is still clearly visible and is housed in a picture frame. I had the opportunity to closely examine the screen in person at the Bellingham Conference of 2005.

The handprint has the appearance that it could have been made by a giant, dark mitten. The only digit that is clearly discernable is the thumb, which juts out of the palm area at a 54 degree angle. There is a muddy smear inside the "mitten" that is thought to have been made by the initial contact of the hand before the screen was distorted (see below).    


Thinking this was an interesting and fairly rare piece of possible data, I approached Dennis to ask him about including the hand print in my ever-growing online cast database.  Dennis not only agreed, he went the extra mile to write up a summary of his investigation to include with the photos.  


Thank you to my good friend, Dennis Pfohl, for helping out and being a model of cooperation for others to emulate!


Here is Dennis' report:



I had been to Mescalero, NM several times in two months following up on investigations of reported sasquatch sightings in the area. On the morning of January 29, 2005, I got a call from one of the local investigators who lived in Mescalero informing me that a resident on the northwest corner of town had another disturbance early that morning.

We had already met with this young couple before, and they lived in a single-wide mobile home on private property that bordered the scrub oak and pine forest at the base of the mountain. Several times in the previous weeks they had complained about strange noises, rock throwing, and seeing unusual shadows outside after dark. The wife even reported having a quick, fightening glimpse one night of what she thought was a large hair covered head and face looking in through the corner of a bedroom window.  The family was understandably uneasy and upset about this prowler, or "visitor," and was happy to have people who would take them seriously and investigate.

One evening while on location a neighbor came out to meet us and told us that they had seen a very tall, dark-colored, large man-like creature run between the mobile home and their house. They described its head as reaching the rain gutters of the garage, which was over eight feet from ground level.

On the morning of the window disturbance the husband had informed me that he works an early shift and was usually up by 2 am to get ready for his job. He stated that on that morning while in the bathroom shaving for work, he heard a noise outside the bathroom window. The glass in that window was the typical frosted glass, commonly used as privacy glass, so he was unable to see out easily, but did say he saw movement through it.


When we investigated later that day, I asked the husband to show me the window. The first thing I noted was its height from ground level. Then we found that the screen had been damaged. Upon closer examination, I discovered what looked to be an impression on the material itself. The husband assured us the screen was in good condition and intact before that night.


It measured seven feet to the bottom of the window frame,
and another nearly twelve inches to the bottom of the print on the screen,
placing it around the eight-foot level.


As we did a thorough search around the property, including directly below the window itself for any impressions, we found nothing of obvious interest. Unfortunately the ground was dry, and mostly consisted of crushed granite that made it resistant to footprints.



Further evaluation of the screen material evidence led me to the following summation:

First, to qualify my report I have to let the reader know that I have lot of experience handling screening material as part of my small business which includes building and installing new, as well as re-screening, residential and commercial screens. Often that includes replacing torn, damaged, and weather-checked, brittle screening material with new.


Commonly found in residences are aluminum and fiberglass screening material. At this residence they had fiberglass screening on the windows. Over time, with age, fiberglass material will start to become brittle and weathercheck from exposure to the elements and UV rays. When this type of screening material becomes weathered, it is prone to marking easily.  If the oils in the skin come in contact with the material they will be absorbed into the material leaving the shape of the contact area. I had seen this before from handling old screening material.


My interpretation of the impression on the window screen is that something had pushed forcefully upward on the screen, tearing the sides and bottom of the screen free from the frame with only the top edge left intact.



This is how we found it.

At the upper end of the actual screen mark there is a series of small tears on the screen material. These are in alignment of where one would expect to normally find fingernails on the end of the digits. With permission, I took measurements, documented the find with photographs, and eventually got permission to remove the screen.  I later replaced the screen with a new one for the residents.


Dennis Pfohl 


Dennis measuring the window.
All photos courtesy of Dennis Pfohl.


In regards to the mitten-shape of the print, Dennis had this to add:


The large mitten shape on the screen material is a result of the force used against the screen when it tore. My best evaluation of what occured follows:

As the original unaltered screen is pushed inwards and upwards, the first light colored (tan) markings are left from the abrasion of the skin contacting the material that is still tight on the frame. This is also when the tears occurred at the area where we would assume the digits would be. Those could have been caused by fingernails, the fingertips, or even the tips of the dermal pads if it used enough pushing force.

Additionally the screen is actually stretched a bit.  There are four concave, large, finger-width grooves (approx 30mm) following the length of the imprint and leading to each tear. This is where one would expect to see just this type of damage from pushing on it.



I believe the lighter coloration was the first contact, but the screen didn't tear completely from the frame. There is typically only around an inch of space between the screen material and the glass of the window. This small gap does not allow enough stretch to occur without breaking the glass itself.

The second attempt, and the larger mitt shape, is what tore the screen from the frame. The impression indicates it lifted its hand slightly before pushing upwards giving a better contact area against the material (this is probably the force that tore the screen from its frame) almost like a double strike. I have seen this in the past when working on similar material, and it is common. That is why I recognized what I was looking at right away.

Dennis

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thom Powell's New Book

Author, educator, and friend of the 'squatch, Thom Powell, has given us thoughts on his new book, Shady Neighbors. On his blog, Thom walked us through the evolution of his newest work, the intent behind the book, as well as a bit about his personal journey as a bigfooter.

Thom Powell and Cliff Barackman

Shady Neighbors will be available through Amazon in the coming months, as well as from Thom's blog. when it becomes publicly available, I'll let you know.

Considering the impact of his first book, The Locals, I suspect this new book will also influence the bigfooting community, even though it is a work of fiction. (With his characteristic humor, Thom notes in his blog that many people thought his first book was a work of fiction as well...)

by Thom Powell

Thom is a good friend, and we've been in the field together many times. We aren't necessarily in 100% agreement about our ideas regarding the 'squatch, but I can clearly see why Thom has come to the conclusions he has. I never let differences in opinions about sasquatches come between friends. Bigfootland is a big country with room enough for all.

Enjoy the following video of Thom and I exploring the tributaries of the Clackamas River, OR.



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bigfoot and Bergmann's Rule



An excellent article recently appeared on the blog, Still on the Track.  The topic of the blog is sasquatches and Bergmann's Rule.

Basically, Bergmann's Rule states that animals of a species (or closely related species) tend to be bigger if they live farther away from the equator.  As an example, black bears in Alaska tend to be bigger than those found in Southern California.  

The reason for this correlation has to do with staying warm by retaining heat.  A mammal's mass constantly generates heat (mammals are "warm-blooded"), and the only way to let that heat escape into the air is through the animal's skin.  It turns out that mass increases a lot faster than surface area does, so the heat-generating part of the mammal increases faster than the heat-losing part of the mammal.  

To visually represent this idea, let's look at data from a simple example.  Starting with a cube that is 1 cm long on each side, we see that the volume (which is directly correlated to its mass) is 1 cubic cm, and the surface area is 6 square cm.  If we increase the size of the cube to 2 cm on each side, the volume increases to 4 cubic cm, while the surface area increases to 16 square cm.  As the size of the cube increases, the volume increases at a much faster rate than the surface area, as seen in the chart below.  This means that in mammals, the mass (which generates a mammal's heat) increases much faster than its surface area (which loses this heat to the environment).  

Data and graph showing the relation between
surface area and volume (mass).


If sasquatches are hypothesized to be real animals, then a possible test would be to see if they conform to the same rules as other mammals do, such as Bergmann's Rule.  In the article mentioned above, author Dale Drinnon took data supplied by George W. Gill and made graphs showing the size trends of sasquatch height estimates from witnesses, as well as recorded footprint lengths.  The two gentlemen have shown that sasquatches do seem to conform to Bergmann's Rule, as would be expected for any natural population of mammals.


Kudos to Mr. Drinnon and Mr. Gill for doing some excellent sasquatch science!  

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Human Ancestor Article

Whenever an article is published about human ancestors, I always read it with my bigfoot goggles on, meaning  that I look for connections to sasquatches. I strongly suspect that bigfoots are humans' closest living relatives (although I leave plenty of room for other hypothetical species of bigfoot-like critters from other parts of the world), and if this is true it makes sense that we can learn about sasquatches by learning about humans.

Right now, bonobos and chimps hold the title of our closest cousins.  Since chimpanzees and humans share nearly 96% of their DNA sequence, it should be expected that sasquatches would be right in that ballpark too, if not even closer in relation.

The following article caught my eye, not only because of the human ancestor connection, but also because it mentions cross-breeding.  The anthropological community (which you are a part of if you're interested in apes, humans, sasquatches, and the connections between them) will be hearing a lot more about cross-breeding in the coming years, so start brushing up on it now.


A molar tooth of a Denisova, a group of early humans
who lived in central Asia about 40,000 years ago.



NEANDERTHAL RELATIVE
BRED WITH HUMANS

A previously unknown Siberian group, the Denisovans,
left fingerprints in some humans' DNA.

Content provided by Laura Sanders, Science News




Neanderthals need to make room for a new kid sister in the early human family.  


By sequencing the full genome of a girl's fossil finger bone found in a Siberian cave, researchers conclude that there must have been a closely related sister group of Neanderthals living in central Asia about 40,000 years ago. The data also show that, like Neanderthals, the mysterious group interbred with modern humans, in this case leaving behind a genetic fingerprint in modern-day Melanesians of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Island, nearly 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) from where the fossil was found.


The new genetic information, reported Dec. 23 in Nature, underscores the fluidity of human evolution and hints that even more groups are waiting to be uncovered [emphasis added by Cliff], says paleoanthropologist Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "We're just scraping the outside of what's probably a much more complex picture."


Read the rest of the article here.  

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rock Clacks in the Siskiyous

Last May, three brothers from back east made a trip to the Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California for a bigfooting trip.  Over a period of several days, they encountered indications that sasquatches were nearby, and even had a brief sighting.  Their BFRO report is quite long and detailed, but for report junkies, it is definitely a good read.

The reason I draw your attention to their account is that a video is included in the report.  This video does not contain any visual evidence, but it does contain very faint audio evidence.  When you watch the video below, turn up your speakers or put on headphones and pay attention at the 1:10 mark.  You will hear faint, yet distinct, clacking noises in response to the witness' whoops.



Below is the article from 1897 on which the brothers' expedition was based.





Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Handmade by Machine

Attention bigfooting fashionistas!  Graphic artist and friend of the 'squatch, Scott Minton, has produced a new line of tee shirts for your enjoyment under the name "Handmade by Machine," and clearly they're some of the coolest bigfoot shirts available.  Check out his online shop by clicking here!  He even uses my name in the description of one of his designs!



He has other designs available that have nothing to do with the 'squatch, just in case you're into that.  I guess some people might be...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, North American Bigfoot Blog!

Today is the second anniversary of this blog's first post.  Thank you to everyone for reading my ramblings.

Birthday 'Quatchi, from the excellent blog,
"Quatchi Watch."
Notice he's turning two as well...

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bigfoot Ball Game?

Apparently, New Year's Day is all about college bowl games.  Several of my friends were discussing these big football games that were supposed to be on, but when I flipped the channels around, I didn't see any bigfoots at all... so I turned off the TV.

Bigfoot ball game?