Thursday, December 20, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Bigfoot and Wolverines Field Notes

This cast was collected by our witness,
Nathaniel, near his home in Clare County, MI.

With over 19 million forested acres, Michigan is excellent bigfoot habitat. The landscape is dotted with swamps and small bodies of water giving rise to numerous feeding sites for both herbivores and the animals that feed upon them. Throughout the spring and summer, the forests are rich with life. During the harsh winter months,cedar bogs offer a warmer, more temperature-stable environment into which animals can retreat. These habitats are critical for both white tailed deer and snowshoe hares, both species I suspect bigfoots rely on for their survival. Other large mammals that are found in the Great Lake State are moose, gray wolf, cougar, and lynx.

The phone call that brought us to Michigan was made by Silas Ward. He daughter, Shawna, was driving home from work when something seemingly hit the left side of her car with a loud thud. She got out of the vehicle to look at what happened and found a branch lying next to the car, and there was a dent and series of scratches in the dust on the door. She became frightened, so she called her father to come out to meet her at the location. Silas brought out a spotlight, with which he proceeded to scan the forest line. A short distance away, the two saw a shadowy humanoid figure standing in a patch of honey locust. Its eye glow was distinct, while the details of the body were hidden in the shadows. The figure simply turned and walked away into the forest, but broke a large branch as it left.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Dances with Bigfoot Field Notes

When people think of Arizona, they often imagine the harsh landscape associated with the Sonoran Desert in the southern portion of the state. However, much of the northern portion consists of high altitude plateaus with expansive pine forests that make for perfect bigfoot habitat. The number of reports that come from this area clearly indicates a thriving population of our hairy friends in the Grand Canyon State.

Cliff Barackman with the Arizona landscape behind him.

The evidence that brought us to Arizona was a video obtained by Mitch Waite, a former United States military employee who spends his retirement years enjoying the outdoors. The video was taken by a Moultrie Game Camera at a remote location that Mitch and his team have been targeting for bigfoot research for four years. Over the time that Mitch has been researching this spot, he and his team claim to have had numerous encounters consisting of vocalizations, camp visitations, footprints, and even a couple sightings.

With a year-round spring trickling through the valley, there is certainly enough plant and animal life to keep bigfoots coming back to this location. The terrain would be very strategic for sasquatches because the valley has steep walls that would be perfect to observe campers down below. While a couple ranches can be found in the general vicinity, the nearest one is a half mile up the only road in or out of this location. This valley is a quiet place with few visitors, and any visitors that come would be easily monitored by the local wildlife.

Click here for the rest of the article, including behind-the-scenes video and pictures.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - The Sierra Spy Field Notes

The Hairy Man Pictographs on the Tule Indian Reservation


The Sierras expedition was the first to be filmed for the season’s run that started in late February, 2012 and ended on June 30, 2012. I was looking forward to doing some bigfooting in the Sierras again, as it had been a couple years since I had the opportunity. When I lived in Long Beach, CA, I regularly visited the Sierras to do bigfooting, but hadn’t been there since I moved to Portland, OR in 2008.

The evidence that brought us to the Sierras was the bigfoot “face smudge” that hit the media in June of 2011. As the story goes, a paranormal group went on a bigfooting trip, and when they returned to their vehicle a couple days later they found smudges on their car that resembled marks that could have been left by a bigfoot’s face and hands. I had always thought the most likely culprit for leaving the smudges was a bear, but it was certainly worth looking into a bit more closely. Ranae and I were presented the opportunity to interview Allen Thomas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Shaver Lake about the event.

Click here to read the rest of Cliff's notes.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Brown Footage

This is a frame from the Brown Thermal Footage
with the contrast and brightness enhanced.
The polarity has been reversed, so black is hot.

On May 8, 2012, a very interesting piece of thermal footage was obtained by Stacy Brown Sr. in Florida. His son, Stacy Brown Jr., contacted me a while back to ask for my help with trying to authenticate the footage. Knowing that no footage can ever be proven to be a bigfoot beyond a doubt (some folks still doubt the Patterson/Gimlin Film, after all) I set about trying to extract as much information out of the clip as possible. Perhaps some of this information could shed some light on whether or not the clip could even be considered as real. Below are my thoughts and conclusions on this remarkable piece of footage.


The Brown Footage

This interesting clip of video was obtained by a father and son team from Florida on May 8, 2012, sometime between midnight and 1 am. Stacy Brown Sr. and Jr. are the minds behind the website, The Sasquatch Hunters. The two men were bigfooting somewhere on the panhandle of Florida around the town of Quincy on the night they got their footage. The exact location is between the property where the Bridges have their ongoing encounters, and where I recorded a “whoop” vocalization last year.

The night the two men were camping, they tried a passive approach by simply having a campfire and playing loud music on a stereo. Every once in a while the duo would go for walks without using any lights. No other campers or people of any sort were ever observed on that night, and both witnesses are sure they were the only people present.

Stacy Brown Sr. was armed with a FLIR Scout thermal imager with which he was continually scanning the nearby woods. He had the polarity switched on the FLIR, so that the warm things in the viewfinder appeared black as opposed to the more commonly used white.

At some point in the evening, they heard some knocks, so they walked in that direction. Every time they heard noises, it seemed like it was just a little bit ahead of them, no matter how far they went. Stacy Sr. then saw a heat signature from behind some trees a little ways off into the palmettos. Whatever it was stepped briefly out into the open. What Stacy Sr. saw was a large, man-shaped figure take one long step and disappear into the brush. He turned to his son who had not seen the figure at all and said, “We gotta go.”

Read the rest of my analysis by clicking this link.




Sunday, November 25, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - OK Field Notes

When I first heard that Finding Bigfoot would be heading to Oklahoma, I immediately assumed we would visit the southeast corner of the state where there are mountains and thick forests. I was a little surprised when I found I was incorrect, and that we would be going to Oklahoma City instead. Certainly there was more bigfoot activity around Honobia and the other small towns down in the southeast. However, the evidence that was bringing us to Oklahoma City was compelling enough to make me very excited about what we'd be doing.

The area we investigated on the OK episode.

We were to meet with a man named Roger Roberts who had been looking into bigfoot encounters on a nearby Indian reservation. This reservation had quite a bit of activity over the years, including rumors of a video taken on a surveillance camera from the parking lot. This video purportedly showed a bigfoot raiding the grease trap behind a casino. The video is reported to had been destroyed at the direction of the tribal elders, though a number of witnesses had seen the video before it disappeared. The elders were rightly concerned because after word leaked out that bigfoots were being seen on the reservation, several horses were shot dead. Apparently, people would drive onto the reservation at night spotlighting the woods, and when they saw eye shine at a good height above the ground, they would shoot to kill (This is just one of many, many reasons I strongly advocate NOT trying to kill a sasquatch.). Roger had some footprint evidence, as well as some hair samples that he collected from the same time period that he strongly suspected was of sasquatch origin.

For the rest of this article, and to see more photos, click here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #75

Track #75

The 75th footprint was the 40th consecutive cast taken from the site. Though only two toes are clearly visible, there is a hint of the third digit as it pressed into the substrate. The toes show the striations that are common on many of the casts, and these striations curve in a fashion that suggest a clenching of the digits as they entered or exited the substrate. Interestingly, the third digit shows no such striations.

The contour of the foot pad has a natural look about it, and is slightly deeper in the ball area than in the mid part of the foot. The heel pushed over 14 mm into the substrate and is particularly deep. It is much more deeply impressed than both the mid part of the foot, as well as the ball. The medial edge, or inside, of the entire foot impressed more deeply than the lateral, or outside, of the foot.

Click here to see more photographs of this cast, as well as pictures of it in the ground before casting.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Vermont Field Notes

The evidence that brought the Finding Bigfoot team to Vermont came in the form of a very intriguing photograph obtained by a motion-sensor trail camera. I found the photo very compelling, so I made it a point to return to the site for a more in-depth study of the picture. Below is my analysis:


The Vermont Trail Camera photo was obtained on September 3, 2010 by a man named Frank (last name withheld). Frank and his wife live on a rural property in western Vermont. They own several acres backed up against large expanses of privately owned forest. On their property, there are eighteen fruit trees specifically planted and maintained to bring in wildlife for Frank’s and his wife’s viewing pleasure. In their front yard is a decent sized pond which contains numerous trout, and just down the road from the property is another even larger pond several acres in size. The surrounding hills are steep and thickly wooded making the area excellent habitat for all sorts of creatures. On top of it all, the area has a history of bigfoot activity as well. Several years before the photograph was obtained, one of Frank’s neighbors reported seeing a sasquatch down the road from Frank’s property.

Frank’s wife remembers hearing strange noises in the woods the week that this photograph was obtained. Those noises included banging and strange vocalizations. After obtaining the photo, Frank asked the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department what is in the photograph. They didn’t know, but suggested it was an owl. Thinking this was a ludicrous explanation, Frank later went to Steve Kulls, a New York-based bigfoot researcher who did his own investigation into the photograph. Steve’s excellent analysis of the photo, as well as other background information on the picture, can be found here.

I spent several hours with Frank and his wife talking about the photographs and the surrounding area. I am utterly satisfied that Frank is not lying about the photographs or the circumstances surrounding them in any way.

Click this link to read the rest of the article.




Saturday, November 17, 2012

'Squatchmas is Right Around the Corner...

Maybe it's time to start thinking about a certain little bigfooter on your Xmas list.  There are some good gift ideas around, but few are as cool (or as bigfooty) as the Sasqwatch Watch.  Perhaps this would make a nice (and inexpensive) stocking stuffer?  Click here to get your own.


And for those cynics out there: No, I do not get a piece of any sales for this timepiece (though for the sake of full disclosure, the manufacturer gave me a free one over a year ago).  I just think they're cute and bigfooty.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy Bigfoot Day!


That's right, November 16th, 2012 has been officially proclaimed as "Bigfoot Day" in Knox County, TN.  Knox County mayor, Tim Burchett, is such a bigfoot buff that has set aside a whole day to celebrate their/our love for bigfoot, and you're invited!

On Bigfoot Day there will be numerous activities to participate in, including face painting (Bobo says he'll get an Ace Frehley paint job) and a bounce house (which I'm particularly looking forward to).  We expect a pretty big turn out, so get down here early.  

Here's the official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and the Cast of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” to Proclaim Official Knox County Bigfoot Day.

WHEN: Friday, November 16 2012. 5:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: Powell Auction House. 6729 Pleasant Ridge Road, Knoxville TN

Join Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and the cast of the hit Animal Planet television program “Finding Bigfoot” as they ring in the proclamation of the official Knox County Bigfoot Day!

After a brief ceremony, the cast of “Finding Bigfoot”; Matt Moneymaker, James “Bobo” Fay, Cliff Barakman and Ranae Holland; will make themselves available for autographs and pictures.

The event is free and open to the public! There will be a marching band, a bounce house and face painting! Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Questions for the Knox County Mayor’s office should be directed to Michael Grider: Ph# 865.215.4750 Email: Michael.grider@knoxcounty.org

To schedule press interviews with cast of “Finding Bigfoot”, contact Sean Mantooth: Ph# 213.235.6091Email:sean@lochandkeyproductions.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Promising Location Near Boise, Idaho



I'm always keeping my eyes and ears open for promising locations to go bigfooting.  One of the most promising spots would be where the official transportation workers dump road kill.  A steady supply of food like road kill, especially during the winter months, would be a promising location to observe over the long run in case a local bigfoot utilizes the area for some easy pickings.  This is exactly what happened in Rhode Island where Nick saw his bigfoot.

This recent headline jumped out at me (perhaps that isn't the best way to put it in this case).  As it turns out, deer have been jumping off a bridge.  They think the reason is that the animals get frightened by oncoming vehicles and don't realize that there is no safe ground to land on, so they plummet to their deaths.  No matter what the cause, the result is that there are often dead deer under this bridge.  That sort of thing would eventually bring in scavengers, and quite possibly bigfoots.

If you happen to live near Boise, ID, and you have some extra time on your hands, I would like to encourage you to check this area out.  Go to the bridge area and do some knocks or calls.  Hike down to the water and look for footprints along the reservior.  Utilize this natural chum to see if it's bringing in any bigfoots.  The habitat looks promising, especially after seeing what kind of habitat bigfoots occupy in Idaho, and winter is upon us.  The big guys might be using this as an easy meal source to help them get through the lean times.  We won't know unless somebody looks into it.  Why not you?  Be ready for a long-term effort, if this pans out at all.

If you go there, please contact me and tell me how it went.  Perhaps I can help in some way.  Also, perhaps you know of an area where collected road kill is regularly dumped.  I'd absolutely love to know the location of any such meaty gold mine.

Here's the article that caught my attention:

Wildlife officials mystified over hundreds of deer regularly jumping to their deaths off 120-foot Idaho bridge
By NINA GOLGOWSKI


The gruesome scene under the bridge


The frightening scene of hundreds of deer jumping to their deaths off a 120-foot bridge in Idaho is bewildering wildlife officials who are finding themselves at a loss on what to do.  With motorists and state officials catching sight of the deers' tragic leap and fall off High Bridge, just east of Boise, witnesses are rallying for some way to prevent their tragic deaths.

'I've seen it myself and some of our staff have seen it too,' Evin Oneale, a manager with the Idaho Fish and Game Development told KBOI.




Click here to read the rest of the article.  Ungulate lovers beware...  There is a pretty crazy video of deer jumping for it at the above link.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - Idaho Field Notes

The Idaho episode was filmed towards the end of June in 2012. It was the last to be filmed of the ten or so episodes for that particular run, so it's a little funny that it is the first one to be aired for this season.

We were actually on the road filming the season when I first heard of the Mink Creek footage. Brandon Tennant sent me a clip of it after he and Dr. Jeff Meldrum visited the location to do some on-site investigation and comparisons. Since the initial investigation by these two researchers didn't turn up any signs of the clip being a hoax, we got the producers on the trail and started the wheels in motion to do an Idaho episode.



The young men who filmed the Mink Creek footage were in high school at the time, but had now graduated and were moving on with their lives. When the footage was obtained, they were in the area doing erosion studies for one of the science classes. While walking across a hillside, one of them noticed a dark figure contrasting against the snowy background on the opposite side of the valley. After taking a few looks at the figure and agreeing that it looked very unusual, they got out a video camera and started recording it just before they lost sight of it.



After filming the figure, the witnesses made their way up to the location where the creature was seen walking. They had some difficulty getting up there through the thick brush and sometimes-knee-deep snow. Upon arrival, they found where the creature had walked and photographed one footprint left in the snow. Having this piece of corroborating evidence was very important for this case.

Click here to read the rest of this article.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Finding Bigfoot - New Season Starts Sunday Night


It's been a long time since new episodes of Finding Bigfoot have aired, but the wait is now over.  New episodes will begin this Sunday night, November 11th at a special time with a special treat.  Before the first "regular" episode (if there is such a thing) at 10 pm, there will be a one-hour behind-the-scenes special at 9 pm.

This special episode was filmed in September in Puyallup, WA.  It features the executive producer of Finding Bigfoot at Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman, interviewing us four cast members about the show.  Included will be behind-the-scenes shots from the "set" of Finding Bigfoot, glimpses of the new episodes, as well as scenes that didn't make the final edit of the various episodes.  I think you'll really enjoy what you see.

Following this episode will be the season premiere of the new episodes.  We're opening with our Idaho expedition where we investigate the Mink Creek Footage, and head over to Dr. Jeff Meldrum's laboratory at Idaho State University for a visit.

As always, you can look forward to my field notes at some point after the episode to hear my thoughts on what filming was like in this location.  Since I'm currently filming episodes on the road, I will not be able to do my video debriefs with Craig Flipy, though.  Besides, he's busy putting the final edits on a DVD release that we have put together.  More on that as the release gets closer!

One final thought: time zones are funny things...  Be sure to check your local listings for air times!

The set of the special episode to be aired Sunday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Planet Without Apes? Count Me Out!

One possible interpretation of the way things are.


As any regular reader of this blog knows, I'm a huge ape advocate.  In fact, the huger the ape, the huger the advocate I am, until we reach the largest of the apes: the sasquatch.  

Ironically, the most threatening thing to the apes is another of its clade.  We humans (also undeniably classified as apes) are the clearest threat to the ape species.  Deforestation, pollution, and the almost-cannibalistic tendency to enjoy "brush meat" are the other apes' biggest threats.  

Except for maybe eating the species, all of the above could eventually threaten the survival of the sasquatch species.  So when an article like the following one is published, I tend to take notice and want to share.  

Sure, bigfoots aren't gorillas, chimps, or even orangs.  Duh, I know that.  But they are affected by the same things that the other ape species are affected by, and for many of the same reasons (such as life span and birth rate, to name a couple).  Just because bigfoots are a little unusual as far as apes go, it doesn't mean that they are immune to the same negative influences.  

How much of this article is pertinent to sasquatches?  Quite a bit, in my opinion.  Please read the following, but keep the big guys in mind.  


Planet Without Apes?
Craig Stanford

The seven billion of us on the planet today share our world with the last remaining great apes. The chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla in equatorial Africa, and the orangutan in Indonesia represent the last surviving tips of what was once a great lineage that dominated Earth's ecosystem for millions of years. But in the 21st century, they are in terrible trouble, in free fall toward extinction. It is highly possible that well before the century's end, one or more of the great ape species will hang on only in pathetically tiny numbers in protected wildlife sanctuaries.

The threats faced by great apes are many. They are hunted for meat in central and western Africa. Gorillas have died by the thousands in central Africa from outbreaks of ebola and other emerging viruses. Their forest homes are cut down to make way for farms, plantations and villages. In the west, there is a movement -- still debated in the United States -- to declare some basic form of human rights protection for the great apes, because they are genetically, psychologically and emotionally so much like us. Meanwhile, in their natural habitat they continue to decline.


Click here to read the rest of the article.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Taking a Skeptic Bigfooting


A short while back, I took some representatives from FLIR out to the woods with me. (Actually, we went twice, but one of the times was for an upcoming episode of Finding Bigfoot.) On this occasion, I took several folks from their corporate offices in nearby Wilsonville to one of my favorite bigfooting spots in Mount Hood National Forest.

At this location, we filmed some promotional stuff for my upcoming appearance at Inframation, the world's largest thermal imaging conference, where I'll be talking about using thermal imagers as a tool for bigfooting. After taking care of the business side of things, it was time to do some bigfooting at one of the best spots I know of.

I was unaware that Haley was going to write an article about this trip, but she did. I was also unaware that she really didn't think bigfoots were real, but I forgive her for that. I think she's a bit more open to their reality than perhaps she was before the trip.

I did in fact stay at the location after everyone else left. I sat in my chair listening for several more hours before falling asleep. During that time, I heard a strange growl, and three more knocks that were each more distant than the last. Clearly, whatever was making them was leaving the area.

Here is a bit of Haley's article along with a link to the rest of it. I hope you enjoy it.


A Skeptic's Encounters With 'Finding Bigfoot'
BY HALEY ELLISON
CREATED: OCTOBER 17, 2012


“The public appears disposed to be amused even when they are conscious of being deceived." –PT Barnum

Before we go any further, you should know that I don’t believe in bigfoot. I’m a confirmed skeptic. Loch Ness only has fish. Chupacabra is just a goat. Extraterrestrials have better things to do than visit Earth. And there are as many vampires in the rain-soaked Northwest as there are sasquatches (sorry “Twilight” fans).

Nevertheless, in my capacity as manager of public relations at FLIR Systems, it fell upon me to coordinate FLIR’s involvement in an upcoming episode of “Finding Bigfoot,” which is broadcast on the Animal Planet network. I was ecstatic about the opportunity. Not to search for bigfoot, but to help promote FLIR and our thermal imaging cameras. But this didn’t turn out to be your everyday behind-the-scenes logistics gig.

Finding Bigfoot” follows a team of Bigfoot hunters as they follow up on sightings around the world. Featuring Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, Ranae Holland and James “Bobo” Fay, the show is highly entertaining. The fact that they use and promote FLIR thermal imagers makes me a fan.

Click this link for the rest of the article.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy "St. Patty's" Day, 2012

"Patty"

It is once again St. Patty's day, named after the bigfoot filmed 45 years ago today.  I know that this film has played a huge role in many a bigfooter's life, including my own, so it seems appropriate to pause for a moment and show some gratitude to Roger Patterson, Bob Gimlin, and Patty herself for converging on Bluff Creek that day.

A lot of excellent work has been done in recent years to validate the film.  Most notable, in my opinion, is the work done by Bill Munns.  Along with Mr. Munns, Steven Streufert and Robert Leiterman have put in quite a bit of effort to properly document the exact location of the film site that was until recently lost to time.

I had the opportunity to go to the PG film site this past summer with Bill Munns, Steven Streufert, Robert Leiterman, and a host of other bigfooters.  In honor of the film, I will post some of the photos taken on this trip. Enjoy!

Bill Munns and Cliff Barackman

Cliff Barackman and the big tree from
the background of the PG Film

Bill Muns walking next to the location where Patty was first seen
on the film.  She walked along the path that is marked
with the yellow rope.

Roger Patterson started filming at the spot
marked with the rock pile.  He ran along the
course marked with the yellow rope until
falling to his knees shy of where the
river's berm is today.

Bill Munns and Steven Streufert matching their maps to the the film

The rediscovery crew standing very near where Patty walked in
the most famous frame of the film

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bigfoot Discovery Day V


If you live anywhere close to Felton, CA (in the redwoods right outside of Santa Cruz), you should make your way over next weekend for Bigfoot Discovery Day V. This is an event that you will not want to miss, especially since it's being held on the anniversary of the Patterson/Gimlin Film, and will feature an important piece of bigfooting history.

Here is a description of the festivities written by the event's host, Mike Rugg:

Consider this a personal invitation to our bigfoot gathering coming up on the anniversary of the Patterson Gimlin Film here in Felton. We are making this a special event by showing the recently recovered "Big Reel"(as Mrs Patterson described it) for the first time since c.1970. It features Al DeAtley, John Napier and Patterson himself interviewing witnes
ses and introducing "Reel 2" (the actual film of the Sasquatch.)

There will be a panel of experts to discuss the PG Film including Bill Munns, Jeff Meldrum, Robert Leiterman and others. Also featured will be the first public showing of new evidence from Bart Cutino. Other "celebrity" bigfooters may also appear (TBA.)

Bigfoot Discovery Day V October 20, 2012
11-4 at the museum $5.00 (for BBQ lunch)
5-10 Patterson Film presentation and panel at Felton Town Hall
$20 each at the gate (members & seniors 18)
$15 advance ticket order (members & seniors 12)
Children under 12 free

PayPal tickets via: harrybiped@yahoo.com

Mike Rugg

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twenty-five Primate Species Reported on Brink of Extinction

This article caught my eye. Don't worry yet, sasquatches are not on the list. Still, the issues that threaten the other apes are the same ones that could eventually threaten the sasquatch populations here in North America. Who knows? Perhaps some of these issues already affect the big guys...  What can you do to help?  Comment below with your ideas.


In this Sept. 15 photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer's
gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park
is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center in Congo.
(Photo: Handout via AP)



NEW DELHI (AP) — Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday.

Six of the severely threatened species live in the island nation of Madagascar, off southeast Africa. Five more from mainland Africa, five from South America and nine species in Asia are among those listed as most threatened.

The report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature was released at the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity being held in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Primates, mankind's closest living relatives, contribute to the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and maintaining forest diversity.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #84

Track #84 was the 49th consecutive
cast taken from the site.

Track number 84 was the 49th consecutive cast taken from the site. The creature's foot penetrated the organic silt that formed the uppermost layer of substrate, and it pushed into the sand below. This caused a very messy distal edge to the cast. The heel impressed deeply into the substrate, and shows a nice contour towards the middle of the foot's length where less weight was put.

Despite the messy leading edge of the cast, hints of all five digits can be seen. There is a somewhat parabolic curve towards the toe tips. Besides the tips of the toes, no details can be made out of any of the digits because of the substrate. Digits number three and four are particularly evident. Digit three impressed into the substrate a full 19 mm deeper than the fourth digit. I believe this is evidence of independent toe movement.

Visit CliffBarackman.com and see more photos of this cast.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Elbe, WA Trackway

Derek Randles, Cliff Barackman, and Guy Edwards at the
site of the Elbe, WA trackway

When I first received word of the Elbe, WA trackway, it was Monday afternoon, September 17th.  News came from my friends at the BFRO that a significant line of possible bigfoot tracks was reported to them, and was just a couple hours north of where I live in Portland, OR.  Ironically, the witness had originally reported the find to me via my NorthAmericanBigfoot@gmail.com address the day before.  However, I had just gotten back home for a brief break after filming a grueling month-long shoot for Finding Bigfoot.  Frankly, I needed a break, so I wasn't checking my bigfoot emails during this time.  

Looking at the initially-submitted photographs that came with the report, I had some deep reservations about the footprints' authenticity.  Many red flags were raised, but I decided to make the two-hour drive to look at the prints in the ground anyway.  After all, I am well aware of how poorly footprint photographs often turn out, and by looking at the impressions in the mud I thought much more could be learned.

Because I had a friend in town, I was unable to make it to the site until Wednesday afternoon.  Upon arrival, I found both Derek Randles and Paul Graves from the Olympic Project at the location busying themselves with documenting the site.  After greeting my friends, I set to work casting a number of the messier prints at the site.  A number of the clearest foot impressions had already been cast, but I was more interested in the messier ones.  It is these that often yield much more information than the clean ones.  After casting eight or nine footprints, I returned to Portland for a previously scheduled engagement that night.  

One of the messy footprints that I later cast.  These footprints gave
some of the evidence I needed to really solidify my conclusion of hoax.


Visiting the site didn't clarify my position very much as to the authenticity of these prints.  In some ways, I liked what I saw, but a few more red flags were raised.  Some of the prints looked very spontaneous, while others showed signature characteristics of a fake prosthetic.  I was more inclined to think that these were real, but I had several nagging doubts that I just couldn't let go of.  I decided to revisit the location the next day as well to gather even more information.  

On my second trip, I was accompanied by Guy Edwards of Bigfoot Lunch Club.  I again found Derek Randles and a couple of other Olympic Project members at the site tying up a few loose ends in their thorough documentation of the site.  We both cast a few more footprints and left the scene well after dark.

Now that I've had a chance to closely look at the photographs, emails, footprints in the ground, and casts from this site, I have to come to the conclusion that the situation is an elaborate hoax.  I will not divulge all of the details of how I came to this conclusion because I do not want to help any future hoaxer fool the bigfoot community in an even more elaborate hoax.  However, I will say that this is the best hoax that I have yet witnessed, and certainly a lot of time, research, and effort went into it.  The person or people responsible for this knows a thing or two about bigfoot footprints, and did an excellent job.  However, my admiration for their psychopathic expertise in lying does little to refund my money for gas and casting material.  Neither does it return the more than nine hours I spent driving, or the more than eight hours spent at the site over two days during my precious one week off from shooting the show.  (This is the real damage done...  Money is one thing, but when I only get one week off from shooting every four to five weeks, and I spend a good deal of it dealing with lies...  well, that doesn't make for a happy Cliff.  Time is the most precious thing that I don't have enough of at this point in my life.)

What appears to be a pretty good looking
track cast collected at the Elbe, WA site.  The devil is
in the details...


The hoaxing of this data is troubling, but for me that's not the worst of it.  The most disturbing thing personally is that, since I was the very first person to receive this report, and it was only sent to the BFRO after my lack of response, I can draw no other conclusion except that I was the target of this whole ordeal.  I forget sometimes that despite my attempts at being a good person, trying to be respectful to everyone in the bigfoot community and beyond, and keeping professional integrity, crazy people will start gunning for me simply because I'm on TV and/or am interested in bigfoot tracks.

No matter if I was the intended target of this hoax or not, the real victims here are the investigators, the bigfoot community, and sasquatches themselves.  Hoaxers do damage to all parties involved, including themselves.  If and when the identity of the hoaxer is discovered and/or revealed, the reputation of being a liar will not easily be shaken off.  

Scott Taylor, the BFRO investigator for this case, has issued a formal statement.  Below is that statement in its entirety:  

"The Elbe Track Line Public Update. September 29, 2012

The Elbe Track Line (ETL), is a very exciting find for all those involved. During the initial on-site investigation of the tracks, which occurred the day the original report was filed with the BFRO and Cliff Barackman, the ETL looked quite real. From looking at the tracks, and estimating them to be only a day or two old, they looked real and present some unique observations that could be applied to other finds in the future. It generated a great deal of excitement and everyone who heard about it could not wait for more information and confirmation that the investigation proved them real. Social networks became quite active discussing the find, in particular where exactly the track line was. Anybody who had a chance to see the track line first hand quickly leaned towards them as being genuine.

Over the next five days, a team of researchers came together to document the ETL in
more detail than any other purported sasquatch track line in history. Each track was photographed. Video of the entire ETL was taken in HD. The ETL was surveyed and laid out on a base line with the position and elevation of every track recorded. Over a 5 day period, every castable track was cast, and are now in the process of being cleaned, stabilized, and examined.

The team has been in regular communication and discussion about what we have
observed. We are seeing things about the ETL itself, as well as the individual track casts, that are causing some of us to have some questions and doubts. At this time we are not saying that the ETL is a hoax, nor can we conclude that it is genuine due to these questions. The casts need more examination by experts like Dr. Jeff Meldrum.

One the policies of the BFRO to validate that any report is genuine is that investigators are required to talk with the reporting witness(es). A witness who will not talk with an investigator, in person or over the phone, is immediately under suspicion, and as such, the report itself falls under suspicion. In this case, the witness has not provided investigators with a phone number. The only communication thus far has been via e-mail. This is a problem. We have asked the witness to meet us, and have offered to give him one of the casts in thanks. As of this writing, we have not received any e-mail response, or phone calls. This leads us to question the reliability of the reporting witness, and also casts a cloud over determining the validity of the ETL.

I am inviting the witness to help us clear up the questions that we have by talking with us face to face. If the witness wishes to be anonymous to the public, then we will respect that and not reveal in any way who that person is. However, we still need to talk to him.

Until then, we can not complete our investigation nor come to any formal conclusions.

Scott Taylor, Rick Noll, David Ellis, Cliff Barackman, Derek Randles, Paul Graves, and Thom Powell"



Thursday, September 13, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #45

Track #45
The 45th track left in the mud was the 11th cast to be taken from the site. Even though the print was left in a fairly mossy substrate, it shows great depth in both the toes and the heel. The heel impressed a full 17 mm into the ground on its medial edge.

Three of the toes are plainly visible, with only a faint impression left by the fourth digit. No trace of the fifth digit is discernable. The first digit seems to have left two marks in what Dr. Grover Krantz has referred to as a "double strike."

A large overflow of plaster occurred when casting this print. The overflow is what accounts for the portion of the cast in front of the toes.

Click here to see more photos of the London Track #45.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #4


This right footprint shows a very nicely rounded heel that is very natural looking. It is smooth around the edges which is indicative of the soft, smooth edge of a living foot rather than the sharply defined outline of a wooden prosthetic. The heel seemed to impress at a very low angle as would be expected from a foot moving forward, giving a shallow slope to the proximal side of the heel impression.

All five digits can be discerned in the nighttime photograph, with the first three digits impressing more deeply in a grasping action than the fourth and fifth digits. Also of note is a slight bulging on the lateral edge of the foot about half way up. Though not certain, this corresponds nicely to the location where the inferred location of where fifth metatarsal meets the cuboid based on the bone reconstructions done by both Dr. Krantz and Dr. Meldrum.

Click this link to see more photos of London Track #4.

Click this link to go to the London Trackway Homepage

Monday, September 10, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #53

The cast of Track #53

Track number 53 was the 18th print to be cast. Being so shallow, this footprint presented a bit of a problem when I was casting it. I had to pour the casting material over and around the impression rather than into it since there was so little depth the print itself. The resulting cast captured some of the cracks that can be seen in the surrounding substrate. This cracking was a result of the contraction of the mud as it dried.

Click the following link to see more photographs of this cast, and to read more of my commentary about Track #53 of the London Trackway.


The medial, or inside, view of  the cast.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Looking for Bigfoot with FLIR

I recently had the opportunity to take some good folks from FLIR Systems, Inc. into the woods for an overnight adventure.  Most bigfooters know FLIR as the infrared and thermal imaging company that makes those nifty devices that most of us salivate over.  Knowing that the FLIR folks would be taking an arsenal of their products out with us, I was quite excited about the trip.

While out in the woods, we shot the following short promotional video for my upcoming speaking engagement at Inframation, the largest infrared camera-user's conference in the world.  I will be speaking on November 6th on how I utilize FLIR thermal imagers in bigfooting.


Over the course of the evening, we had some interesting yet ambiguous things happen.  We did not capture images of bigfoots on camera, but at dusk we heard three possible power knocks from northwest of our location, and Jen and Haley heard what they described as deliberate branch breaking on their night walk around 11 pm.  Having to work the next day, they left the location sometime after midnight, but I stayed there alone listening for the next couple hours.  During the first hour after they left, I heard two knocks, the source of which seemed to be moving away from camp and back to the northwest.  

Ambiguous, I admit.  Very cool, though.  I love bigfooting.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The London Trackway - Track #46

Track #46
Another track (number 46 out of 122) has been added to the London Trackway Index.  This footprint was not only photographed in the ground during the day and night, it was also later cast.  

The cast is very well defined.  It clearly shows all five toes, a well-defined ball, and the lateral side of the elongated heel has a very nicely rounded contour that seems very natural.  Much of this detail is visible in photographs on the track's page, though some is hard to see.  (Photographs are pretty lousy at showing such detail.)

The toes show striations that suggest a ragged edge to possible toenails.  In this cast, the striations are at slightly different angles with different curvatures suggesting individual toe movement.  

My commentary on this track, more photographs of the print in the ground before casting, as well as close-ups of interesting parts of the cast can be viewed by clicking this link.  


The London Trackway - Track #1

Track #1 of the London Trackway.  While just
a half-print, this is an interesting find.  Click for
a larger view.

I will be publishing stuff from the London Trackway in a somewhat random order.  I tend to do things as I please, in the order that I prefer.  Like a bigfoot, I am somewhat radical and anarchistic.  However, I thought that by starting out with a brief summary of track #1, I would be giving information in an order that would be expected.  Please don't expect the expected from me in the future.  I probably won't deliver.

Still, here is track #1 from the London Trackway.  The creature certainly stepped somewhere on the earth before this, but I was unable to figure out where.  It walked out of the dense forest, crossed a road, and traversed a grassy area where footprints were pretty much invisible.  Eventually, it pushed its foot into substrate that took an impression of just the forefoot.  That is where I picked up the trail, and where I was able to start documenting this track find.  This is where we begin our story with what I call "Track #1."

Please click this link for more information.  Also, realize that this track offers the least amount of information. The best is yet to come.  Check back here soon for more info...


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The London Trackway: First Publication

Print number 10 out of 122. 

The London Trackway has been huge for me in several ways.  First of all, it is, by far, the most significant thing I've been directly involved with.  That's saying something, too.  I've been to the site of more than two dozen supposed bigfoot films and videos, recorded close interactions with bigfoots on more than one continent, dealt with the who's-who of Bigfootland, and more.  Still, these prints are the best thing I have on my bigfooting resume.  

The casts and photographs from the event continue to astound me.  I have spent countless hours pouring over the minute details of the casts casts and pictures taken at the site, and I continually learn more from them at every inspection.  

It's not just me, either.  Every bigfooter that has seen the casts have all walked away from inspecting them with the impression that these are probably the real deal.  These bigfooters include Thom Powell, Guy Edwards, Toby Johnson, Joe Beelart, Autumn Williams, John Kirk, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Will Robinson,  Derek Randles, Daniel PerezDr. John Bindernagel, Dr. Leila Hadj-ChikhLarry Lund, James "Bobo" Fay, and more (some wish to remain anonymous). Several biologists that are not tied up in bigfoot have also examined them, and all have been very intrigued with what was observed.  

It should be noted that some prominent bigfooters have loudly declared the prints to have been hoaxed.  None of these so-called researchers have examined the casts first hand, and none have even asked to.  All of them are welcome to, but none have requested the opportunity.  I would encourage them to do so before making such rash judgments.  


Some of the prints impressed two inches or more into the ground, 
while some barely impressed a half inch.
  Quite a bit of differentiation was evident.

There is always an outside possibility that the London Tracks are the product of a very clever hoaxer with a very convincing set of fake prosthetic feet.  Even if this is the case, the London Trackway is a valid subject for a detailed study.  However, the more I study them, the more convinced I become that these are very likely authentic sasquatch footprints.

I once thought that I would be able to publish my findings after a certain number of months and be done with it.  I now realize that I won't be done with these casts for a long, long time.  New details continually come forth from unexpected avenues to entice my creative questioning along other lines.  These in turn lead me to other questions, and so on.  You get the idea.  

There's a lot of data here.  I'm just one guy, and I'm doing the best I can with what little time I've got.  


What I interpret as toenail striations in print number 94.


Now that I've finally realized that this is going to be an ongoing effort for quite some time, I've figured out that I have to publish my findings as I learn things, not when I have everything finished and completed.  So, I've started the publication of the London Trackway on my website.  

My website will now have an entire section devoted to the London Trackway.  There will be four sections in total.  One for the history, observations, photos, and an index.  The history section will briefly detail what transpired, though others have done this very well before I got to it.  The observations section will detail what I have personally observed in the casts.  This section will continually be updated as I see more and more in the casts, and also as others weigh in on the evidence presented.  The photographs will detail the observations I make, and also present the data in ways that I think are interesting or useful.  Finally, the index will show every footprint in the ground, as well as any casts that were taken of them.  This section will also include a short narrative of my interpretations of what can be observed in the casts or prints.  

This is an absolutely huge project, and far larger than I at first anticipated.  If you take this and compound it with the fact that I am already back on the road filming the NEXT (after next) season of Finding Bigfoot, well, I have a full plate in front of me.  Still, I feel that I've put this off as long as I can, and now it's time to start sharing my findings on this unique find of the London Trackway.  

I hope that you enjoy what I have found in these prints, but also that you continue to have patience with me as I slowly publish what I have found in them.  Slowly is the keyword here. There are numerous other things that continually distract me from the London tracks.  Just this past month alone I was sent two thermal image videos possibly showing bigfoots, along with three more vocalizations, three footprint casts, a few blobsquatches, and one still photograph that might be the real deal.  All of this combined with an upcoming DVD release with the help of Craig Flipy, and, well, you see that I'm entirely bogged down with bigfoot stuff coming out of my ears.  

Again, I'm only one guy who loves bigfoot...  Thanks for your patience.  

Click here to go the the newly-set-up London Trackway Home Page.  As I publish more, I will notify you on this blog and update the links.  Thanks for your patience.  I will do my best to publish something every week or two. 


Track number 6 of 122.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bobcats Love Bigfoot

Well, this Bobcat does...  I ran into comedian and filmmaker, Bobcat Goldthwait, in the Orleans ranger station while on a recent trip to Bluff Creek, CA.  Just like pretty much everybody else, he loves bigfoot too, and was "in town" doing a film project on everyone's favorite unknown biped (more info on that as it develops).  

Cliff Barackman and Bobcat Goldthwait

One of my all-time favorite movies is Shakes the Clown, so I was thrilled to meet Bobcat.  I gave him a right and left foot of the Cripple Foot casts as a gift and took a couple pictures with one of my favorite actors and directors.

As it turns out, Bobcat loves Finding Bigfoot, and invited me to do a small appearance in his newest project. Since this project centers around bigfoot, you'll be sure to hear about it on this blog as it grows closer to completion.

Bobcat's newest films are a bit more serious than his previous comedic efforts.  He now writes, directs, and produces movies about a wide variety of subjects, serious or lighthearted, and does so on his own dime.

...but just because I love it so much, here's a short promo for Shakes the Clown.  After all, who doesn't love an alcoholic clown?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The London Tracks - Yet Another Update

Cliff Barackman and Jeff Meldrum in his laboratory.

Over the weekend of July 20 - 22, Craig Flipy and I took a bigfoot road trip to Pocatello, Idaho with twenty of the original London casts.  Dr. Jeff Meldrum invited us out to add the casts to the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory's (IVL) Virtual Footprint Archive.

After a long drive, Craig and I arrived on the campus of Idaho State University and met up with Dr. Meldrum.  He led us to the IVL where the staff manning the computers started the long process of scanning the individual casts.  Each cast took between eight and thirty minutes to scan, render, and process with the scanning software.  Several casts had to wait until the next morning to be scanned because of the lengthy process.

The scanner compiles its data into a visual image.

One of the London tracks in the rotating vice.  This spins
360 degrees so the scanner can capture data from all angles.
The cast would be later placed in the vice vertically to
complete the imaging.

Robert Schlader, assistant director of the IVL,
combines various scans into one image.

In the meantime, I have started my own analysis of the trackway.  I am currently writing my observations of the various footprints starting with the very first one in the mud and going in order.  I have completed about a dozen or so of these, but there is a lot of work still to do.

My analysis, photographs, and other data will eventually be made publicly available (and probably little by little as I finish digestible chunks).  As always, thank you for your patience.  More soon.

Craig Flipy and Jeff Meldrum