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Olympic Project

I was invited by Derek Randles, of the Olympic Project, to give a presentation at an annual get together in the beautiful north Olympic wilderness at a location near Lake Crescent, Washington State on the Victoria Day long weekend of 2016.

May 20th to May 22nd to be exact; a holiday long weekend in Canada but not in the U.S.

Dave Ellis, describes possible Sasquatch vocals
Dave Ellis, describes possible Sasquatch vocals

This group, unlike so many others out there, are not what I commonly refer to as “inmates running the asylum”  but a collection of serious-minded researchers whom combine their research methods in order to find the evidence needed to either confirm or, in some cases, disprove the existence of Bigfoot in the wilderness of Washington State.  Some researchers came from Oregon, as well as Canada, not to mention Texas, all there to share ideas and methods to collect and gather evidence.

Other presenters included Dave Ellis, who gave a very interesting presentation on recorded possible vocals.  Tom Baker gave a presentation on Washington State report statistics which I found very interesting to listen to.  Tom, and Derek Randles also, spoke earlier on what one should carry with them in the bush; which would be needed for everyday survival but keeping in mind: the lighter the better.

A female Texas researcher whom I will not name, as I think she asked me not to, gave a great talk around the camp fire on how one can create a portable, but professional, DNA collection kit.  That is something I plan to include in the future.   My presentation was on the general history of the Sasquatch in British Columbia which I think it was well received.

Later, I sat down with a gent named Wes Germer, who is the host of the radio program ‘Sasquatch Chronicles’ of which I have never in the past been a guest on.   What I had to say pissed a few people off, according to the comments  section on the program web page.  But too bad for them; I stand by my comments and to hell with those who choose to cling to wishful thinking rather than face reality.   You can listen with the link below.

I recommend this radio program to all who have an interest in this on going mystery as it mostly concentrates on eye witness testimonies and their alleged encounters with a Sasquatch.  The program lets the listener decide which encounters may be true.

Another interesting experiment was conducted by the group to test everybody on taking photos and videos quickly in the bush. Tom Baker filled in for the Sasquatch, popping out along the trail at certain points to be photographed and video taped.  Well, out of 30 people, including myself, only one woman took one good clear picture, and that was by accident rather than intent.  To all those skeptics who always say that with all the modern camera equipment, surely some clear footage or photo would have happened by now.

Well, this experiment proved to me that it is not as easy as it looks.  My mistake was choice of video camera.  My Air Pro video camera is great as long as the subject is right in front of you but objects in the bush which seemed close and clear with the naked eye, on the screen come out seemingly twice the distance.  In one case,  even further than that.

It was an eye opener.

Night outings and other day outings followed without any evidence being found.  But it was a great time with a group whom I have come to respect; and have put my mind at ease that the inmates taking over the asylum have not infiltrated every where. … YET!

Thomas Steenburg

 

Finding Bigfoot Season 8 Episode 1

Last night, I was able to watch this season’s opening episode of Finding Bigfoot (filmed last June 2015) in which I was personally involved behind the scenes.  I was contacted weeks before by the producers of the program and agreed, somewhat reluctantly as I am not a great fan of the show, to provide names from my own files on recent cases which I had investigated; quite a bit of e-mail back and forth then went on. This was the second time the program had contacted myself for assistance, as they had planned to come to Canada a year before but for reasons I am not at liberty to disclose, the earlier planned episode for British Columbia had to be cancelled.

The premise for this episode was a silly affair based on a bet between Cliff Barrackman and Bo Bo, (James Fay) which area was, as they put it: Squatchier, British Columbia or Washington State.  Entertaining for the television audience no doubt, but just silly useless nonsense for those who take this subject seriously and have devoted our lives to finding an answer as to whether a large primate does in fact exist in the forests of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

I have long been critical of the show as I have always felt that it made serious research into this ongoing mystery look foolish in the eye of the public, as well as portray researchers as nothing but a collection of oddballs who only like to go out at night and howl at the moon like idiots.  But, I also realized that the show is exactly that – a television show.  Despite the motives of the cast members, three of which I have known since long before the program first aired.  The main purpose of the programs’ producers is not really to find an answer to the Sasquatch question, but to entertain their viewing audience, achieve the goal of maintaining a loyal following to the point of justifying continuing seasons, and to keep people working.  These goals seem to have succeeded beyond the shows wildest dreams, as I cannot remember any other program of this nature lasting so long.

Also, I know through personal communication with some of the cast members that, even though they do and act out scenarios they normally would not do by themselves, they have had to put their foot down a couple of times in years past as activities from behind the cameras by the staff were out right hoaxing attempts to make a particular episode more interesting than things were turning out to be.  To their credit, the cast has made it clear they are not interested in hoaxing and some people have been let go as a result.  With this in mind, one has to wonder, when the editing process is done, what is the purpose of saying things happen in a certain way when they didn’t?  Example: Matt and Cliff go and interview two witnesses, Maria Muller and Robert Baily, concerning their sighting at Weaver Lake, which occurred at 10:30 am, August 21, 2014 (Steenburg File #10191).

They interview the witnesses at the location and do an on-site investigation, just as myself and Brad Trent did 24 hours after this alleged encounter occurred.  Both Matt and Cliff concluded it was probably a Sasquatch, unlike myself.  I still think it may be a man in a dark hoody that Robert photographed, but I certainly do not rule out the possibility that it could be a Sasquatch.  Matt pointed out that the trail head was there where the figure was seen but for some reason didn’t mention the bear-proof trash containers at the trail head as well.  It is possible that the trash bins have been moved since the day of the sighting, but they were there when it happened.  But what struck me, was the show gave the impression that Matt and Cliff took a scenic route to get there and you see them in a nice speed boat on Harrison Lake, and the viewer is given the impression that they took this boat to the dock at Weaver Lake to meet the two witnesses? I don’t think so.  Weaver Lake and Harrison Lake have about five kilometers of mountain forest between them, so unless Matt and Cliff portaged that speed boat, there is no way they got to the location that way. So why do they edit the program like this?  Who knows…just a way to get footage of the two men in the speed boat into the program, I guess?

A number of times both Matt and Cliff made the statement that this was the first time any researcher had done any investigation on the Chehalis Reserve?  Well I, personally have been there doing research over the last three decades more times than I can remember. Rene Dahinden had also been there many, many times, as well as John Green, not to mention J.W. Burns, who coined the the name Sasquatch to begin with?  They must have known this, so why they state that this is the first time researchers have been on the reserve? I have no answer.  I could pick at little details like this for hours but I will just finish up by saying that I had a long meeting with both Matt and Cliff at the Sasquatch Inn after hours were spent at the town hall meeting (a lot of filming for a few minutes of show).  But that is how these programs are made, so I expected it.

And I expressed my opinions about how certain things were done and of course I realize that, which they both concurred, the main purpose of the show is to entertain, and to perhaps generate some thinking to the general public, most of whom don’t give the Sasquatch mystery 15 minutes of thought a year.  If they did things my way the show most likely wouldn’t last one season for the general public would find it boring.  So, I will end this with this statement: Finding Bigfoot is entertainment. It is not a serious study of the Sasquatch question.  Also, If I was in charge Bo Bo would have lost three points for dressing up in drag – I laughed for five solid minutes watching that bit.

Thomas Steenburg

Ray Crow

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ray Crow.  I knew Ray for many years and was a honorary member of his ‘Western Bigfoot Society’ for may years.  I have a lot of good memories of long Sasquatch conversations with him and his late wife, Theata, the cooking genius behind Yeti Spaghetti,  in their home in Portland and in his former book store which also served as the headquarters for the Western Bigfoot Society.

Ray had been in ill heath for quite some time, yet he really didn’t let that slow him down all that much.  A bad Canadian dollar, and other commitments will prevent me from attending his wake, so I will just say this:

I will miss you my friend. Your humor and good nature was an example to us all.

Thomas Steenburg

Incredible Encounter or Great Imagination?

Most of this past long weekend (Victoria Day in Canada), I spent interviewing a man who had an incredible story to tell.  This gentleman who was brought to my attention by fellow researcher, Cliff Barackman, (cast member of TV’s Finding Bigfoot) made a written report to Cliff’s internet page, where he briefly went over what he said to have witnessed in early October 2007.  Cliff forward the report to me, as he thought I might be interested in following up on the matter.  He was right.

Now, the gentleman did not request to remain anonymous, however, for now I will keep his identity a secret until I have some more questions answered and I have had the opportunity to share what I since learned with Cliff.

The witness in this case had spent many hours traveling, and the matter was not helped much when he realized he had taken a wrong turn and was quite a few miles driving in the wrong direction.

It was approximately 2am in the morning of October 5th, 2007, and the witness had just driven through the small town of Hudson Hope, BC on Route # 29, heading south.   He was admittedly tired, and when he spotted a road side pullout  just before the bridge which crosses the Peace River, he pulled in and came to a stop just yards from a large sign showing a map of the local area.  Shutting off the engine, he used his jacket to cover himself and then went to sleep.

Hudson Hope
Courtesy of Google Maps

He was awakened by sounds which reminded him of small rain drops striking the car windshield.  He looked about in the darkness but saw nothing, nor were there any raindrops on the car windshield or hood.  He tried to go back to sleep again but those sounds kept reoccurring and also at one point, he felt his car shake a bit.

This time he spotted what he took to be a small black bear passing by his side of the car which looked up at him as it passed, walking on all fours toward the large map sign in front of him.  He thought it was a bear, but the head of the thing seemed wrong to him.  That’s when he spotted a second figure just ahead of the map sign, a little larger than the first one; only this one was standing and moving about upright.  He also noticed that the lower windshield and hood of his car was now covered in small sticks.

These two figures, whatever they were, seemed to be amusing themselves by throwing small sticks at the car and shaking the car at one point.  He was sure they were playing a game with him.   As he watched, the figures would move here and there, fading beyond his vision in the dark to return from another angle to throw more sticks. The larger of the two was seen by the witness to throw the sticks, while the smaller one, on all fours, was observed at one time to hand off some sticks to the upright one.  He did not see the smaller one actually throw any sticks. The witness was not afraid by what he saw but was just flabbergasted.

It was while looking around from inside the car, trying to spot the little pranksters again, that he saw behind him, walking down the along the northbound lanes, a third figure approaching.  This figure was much bigger; estimated to be at least 7 feet tall, walking with purpose, but not really fast, towards the pullout. The witness now felt intimidated.

He started the car engine, turned on the lights and started pulling back onto Route #29.  Looking back, the large figure slowed its approach but it didn’t really stop.  Just before the entrance to the bridge, he brought the car to a halt, got out to look back and to try and take a photo of the large one with his flip phone camera, which was all he had at the time.  But as the saying goes, it was not to be, as the combination of darkness and no flash, it was revealed later that his images showed nothing but blackness.

While the witness was standing outside the car trying to take the photos, he did observe the larger upright of the two small ones walk up to the 7-footer, however, he never saw the smaller all-four walker again.

The 7-footer at this point made a loud noise, witch he described as a loud HUFF,  in his direction and the witness felt this was a ‘Get away from here’  signal which he wasted no time complying with; jumping back in the car and heading across the bridge.

This is where the encounter ended.  It was much more detailed but I am just writing a short version here to save space.

We talked for a long while and I did not get the impression by his telling of the story that he was seeking attention, or trying to hoax me in any way.  Which, of course, could simply mean he is a very good yarn spinner, perhaps?

So much more I could write about this fascinating claim.  However, I do have red flags so I will be asking many more questions.

Thomas Steenburg

Mount Baker, Have a Good Feeling

Last week I took my first trip of the season to Mount Baker and what a wonderful and promising area it is, too.  I have heard about a few sighting reports from there over the past decade or two, but not many.

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Route 542 takes you through some of the most beautiful old growth forest still left in northern Washington State; prime Sasquatch, or Bigfoot as our American friends call them, country.

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Even if you have little or no interest in the on going Sasquatch question, It is a location you will never forget just from the beauty of the place.

I have lost count of the number of deer and other small animals I have seen running across the road.  So far, all of my trips there over the last two years have been during the day.  I plan to run it  in the early hours of the morning, hoping as always, to see a incredible creature in front of me, which so far in the last 37 years has not happened.  But I have a feeling about the place.

I always keep the  in the back of my mind that Baker is classed as an active volcano, often steaming.  Not dormant.  But I will play the odds that nothing will happen during one of my trips there.

 

Thomas Steenburg

Sasquatch VS Bigfoot

In Canada, ‘Sasquatch‘ is the proper name for the upright-walking, gorilla-like creature which may or may not exist in our wilderness areas.  More and more when Canadians, not involved in any way with this mystery, ask me a question, they tend to use the American term: Bigfoot.

When I started, back in the late 1970s, this almost never occurred.  The power of media in a short time can change national culture without most people even realizing it.  The name ‘Sasquatch’ came about when a man named J.W. Burns, a teacher on the Chehalis Reserve, near Harrison Mills, British Columbia, heard stories about hairy wild-men from his First Nation hosts, then wrote an article published in Macleans Magazine on April 1st, 1929 entitled: ‘INTRODUCING BCs, HAIRY GIANTS’. This was the first time the term ‘SASQUATCH‘ had been used when describing the strange creature reported by many – but denied by most.

In Canada, the term Sasquatch, through time, overshadowed all the other names used up and down the BC coast.  Many newspaper stories on Vancouver Island before 1929 used the term ‘MOWGLI’ when describing the creature, but today its hard to find anybody who even remembers the name. Sasquatch was now the term imprinted on the public mind set in Canada and would remain so until 1958.

The year 1958 was the year the name BIGFOOT was born when describing this creature in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  Gerald(Jerry) Crew had been photographed holding a large footprint cast by reporter, Andrew Genzoli of the Humbolt Times newspaper.  Mr Crew had been having a mystery on his hands concerning large footprints he was finding around his bulldozer as he worked on a new logging road by Bluff Creek.

Mr. Genzoli, the reporter, had never heard of the creature in Canada called Sasquatch, so he gave the creature a new name: BIGFOOT.  This name, with the help of the AP press, assured that Bigfoot would become a household word in the United States.

Now, in Canada, most television documentaries on this subject tend to be American-made; most internet forums tend to be American in origin; most books published tend to be American published.  So, it is no wonder the the American term ‘Bigfoot’ is surely pushing aside the Canadian term, ‘Sasquatch’, just as Sasquatch pushed aside most First Nation and local area names before it.

<sigh> Sign of the times, I suppose.

Thomas Steenburg

Upcoming Local Event

An evening with Thomas:
Location:  Mission Library
                       33247 Second Avenue, Mission, BC
Tel (604) 826-6610
Date: February 25, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM8:30 PM PST
Event Description:
“Since 1978, local Mission resident Thomas Steenburg has been researching the elusive Sasquatch throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Washington. Thomas will spend the evening educating us on this fascinating or fictional creature.”
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