Monday, January 20, 2014

2012 Bote Mountain, TN Footprintthis

This footprint was found while on a church hike
on December 8, 2012.
A witness submitted this footprint he found while hiking with his church group on December 8, 2012.  It was found on the hike out on the Bote Mountain Trail, but the footprint was not there on their hike in.  

It is the newest addition to my ever-growing bigfoot footprint database.  Click here to go to my footprint index.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Benson Bridge Closed at Multnomah Falls

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Even though I mostly live on the road, I do still love to hear what's happening back home in Portland, OR.  I follow numerous websites for the latest information on weather, culture, and forest issues.  Just this past week, an item caught my attention from Multnomah Falls, a beautiful waterfall east of Portland that is a popular tourist attraction, and a location where there have been numerous bigfoot encounters.

Apparently, Benson Bridge was struck by a large boulder that damaged the bridge and forced the authorities to temporarily close it and the trail until they can do the necessary repairs.  Don't worry, though.  Multnomah Falls is still open for your viewing pleasure.

It is said that a rock fell from the cliffs above and damaged the bridge.  Still, I wonder if it could have been something else?

Below are the press release and a map of where the closure occurred.  Hikers have already been stranded out there because of the bridge closure, so if you are planning on any hiking trips in the area, please keep in mind the situation.  Winter in the Gorge can present life-threatening conditions, and one does not want to be stranded out there overnight!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Orang Pendek Project 7/9/13

A day or two before July 9, 2013, a man named Pak Jintan observed an orang pendek from his farm near Hulu Batang Barau. The creature was walking on two legs along the edge of his farm near the jungle around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He described it has being approximately one meter tall (39 inches), yet having a large body. This can be interpreted as meaning very massive for its size. The creature’s fur was described as grey and long. After the creature disappeared into the forest, Pak Jintan went to where he saw the creature and found at least one footprint (it is not known how may prints were observed since only one was photographed).

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nepalese Government Yeti Regulations from 1959

Back in 1959 when the Tom Slick yeti expeditions were in full swing, the government of Nepal felt it necessary to lay down some regulations regarding the effort.  The official government document (seen above) states three simple rules to follow.  To sum them up, pay the Nepalese government for trying, don't shoot one, and everything obtained on an expedition should be "surrendered" to the government.

It is not known to what extent the Slick expeditions intended to follow these regulations, especially in light of the theft of a bone from the Pangboche Yeti Hand relic.  Still, these were the rules at the time which Slick and his man in the field, Peter Byrne, were expected to follow.

To read the best account of the Tom Slick expeditions of this era, I highly recommend Loren Coleman's Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti.  It is a fascinating look into both these efforts and the creatures themselves.

For more on modern efforts to research the yeti, click here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Finding Bigfoot Season Four Field Notes - Nepal

The Pangboche yeti relic replicas

My search for the yeti started nearly forty years ago as a very young boy watching documentaries like “In Search Of” about hairy hominoids around the world. Never in my wildest imagination, even after I started doing my bigfoot research, did I expect to have the opportunity to travel to the Himalayas in search of the yeti for myself. Yet that opportunity did arise, thanks to my position on Finding Bigfoot.

In September, 2013 the crew and I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal to start our investigations. Kathmandu is a busy, crowded city, overrun with swarms of scooters and merchants hocking their wares. The city’s population more than doubled over the first decade of the new century, and its infrastructure is struggling to keep up. Yet in the old market area, Kathmandu’s ancient charm persists.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The London Trackway - Track #85

London Track #85
Track number 85 is an interesting print with very deep toe impressions. All five digits are well defined with the first digit being the deepest, penetrating a full 6.1 cm into the substrate. Interestingly, this cast is different than many others in the London Trackway because the fifth digit is more clearly pronounced and impressed deeper into the substrate than the fourth digit. The heel is also clear and well-rounded.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Speaking Engagement in The Dalles, Oregon

I have been invited to speak at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles, Oregon on Saturday, January 25th.  The one o'clock presentation has already sold out, but we have added another talk that evening (I will do the same presentation as earlier in the day).

Also presenting will be Mel Skahan, forester for the Yakima tribe, and the main contact for bigfoot evidence on the nearby Yakima Reservation.  Oliver Kirk of the Warm Springs Reservation will also be in attendance.

This will be a fun event in an educational forum.  The Discovery Center and Museum has great displays about the Columbia River, the Native cultures that inhabit the area, early American pioneers to the area, and the plants and animals that currently or previously inhabit the region.

The first event of this kind was a couple weeks ago, and Dr. Jeff Meldrum was the keynote speaker.  Veteran researchers Thomas Steenburg and Chris Murphy were also in attendance.  This upcoming event promises to be just as informative and fun as the last, so I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

See the above flyer for ticket information.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Texas Field Notes

The crews from Finding Bigfoot and Universal K9.

Texas has long been recognized as great habitat for bigfoot, particularly in its eastern parts. Much of this acknowledgment is due to the combined efforts of local bigfooters and the groups they have formed in an effort to work collaboratively. There is still a thriving bigfoot community (the human kind) in the state, a very well-attended annual bigfoot conference, as well as a sizable bigfoot population to boot. I knew it would only be a matter of time before the Finding Bigfoot team visited the Lone Star State to look for our furry friends.

For the rest of my field notes, click here.