NOTE: I used three sources for this blog post.  Thomas Steenburg; John Green’s database; and John’s book “Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us”.  Generally I went with the information supplied by conversations and emails from Thomas Steenburg.  The only discrepancy I had problems resolving was the height, which was somewhere between 6-7′ tall — so I went with the database height.

You might consider this question odd, but…

How high is a sasquatch’s standing vertical high jump?

Thanks to famed author and investigator John Green, you are about to discover the answer to that question, just as I did.

On Wednesday April 11, I was invited by author and investigator Thomas Steenburg on a trip to visit the location of a few reported sightings. One of which occurred just 13 miles up the road from my house.  It was a very gracious offer, by a famous Canadian researcher that has been on the hunt actively since 1975.

At our last stop of the day, Thomas started telling me a story.  And like most stories it starts out, with a dark and stormy night…

On Friday, November 24, 1962 a bus driver by the name of Joe Griggs pulled into the Chilliwack bus depot with three Canadian soldiers on board, that were headed back to their base.  It was pouring rain, and the soldiers’ ride to the local base failed to show up at the depot.  Griggs shift was over, and the base was not too far out of his way — so he offered the men a lift in his personal vehicle.

After dropping the soldiers off at their base Griggs drove home, headed west along Vedder Mountain Road towards the community of Yarrow, driving at a slow 30 mph — which is a little bit slower than the speed I am driving in this video.

As he rounded a curve in the road, from a distance of about 75 feet away, Griggs saw what he thought was an extremely large man standing at the edge of the road. Griggs slowed to a stop about 20-25 feet away, he saw that it was a creature covered with reddish hair, that glistened a bit in his headlights — possibly due to the rain.  Griggs estimated that it was well over 7ft tall and over 400 lbs.

It half walked and half loped across the road and he turned the car to follow it with the headlights.  The sasquatch then stopped at the edge of the road, looked at him for a second then jumped without effort up onto a rock, disappearing out of the light given off by the headlights.  Griggs noted that the eyes gave off a reddish shine.

Griggs continued watching the creature until it disappeared out of sight, then cautiously opened his door and pushed together a small pile of rocks to mark the spot.  He returned the next day to survey the scene in the daylight and measure the rock the sasquatch jumped on top of — an amazing SIX FEET!

My Research

As I was combing through the information regarding this alleged sighting, there is something that jumped out at me.

In John Green’s book “Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us” on pages 398 and 399, John has a portion of the interview transcript.

Q: Were you ever at any time able to see any of his features, any part of his face?

A: Yes, I saw part of his face when I was right close to him…a very ape-like, flat nosed, some of it quite hairy and very thin-lined mouth as far as I could see.  The one outstanding feature is, I didn’t notice any ears… the only other thing was the lack of a neck.  He had little or no neck at all.

A face that is quite hairy… a thin-lined mouth… no ears… and the lack of a neck…

Now doesn’t that sound exactly like “Patty” — the creature in the Patterson-Gimlin Film?

It does to me — and it probably does to you too.

But here is the kicker…

John Green says that Griggs’s interview was recorded in 1966 — prior to the public release of the PG photos, in the February 1968 edition of Argosy magazine.

On the surface, it adds credence to the possibility that Griggs truly did see a sasquatch that dark and stormy night.

Over 30 years after its publication John Green’s “Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us” still represents one of the most important books written on the mystery and existence of sasquatch.  And while the mystery might not be solved in John Green’s lifetime — or mine for that matter — he needs to be recognized and remembered on the day we finally have the answer, that we have all been looking for.

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How good is a sasquatch’s sense of smell?

That was the question rolling through my mind, as Thomas Steenburg explained one of his earliest BC sighting investigations.

In August 1986, a married couple from Kansas City were fishing for trout in the Chilliwack River, when they saw a sasquatch estimated to be 8′ tall remove a stringer of fish that was wrapped high around a tree in their campground.  After removing the stringer of fish, the sasquatch fled north through some Salmon berry bushes and then across Chilliwack River Road and disappeared.

Being smart American tourists, they didn’t chase after the fish thief.

For most people (myself included) that would have been the end of my fishing vacation — but the tourists stayed two more days.  Long enough for Thomas to hear of their story in the nearby town of Chilliwack, by word of mouth, and catch them as they were pulling out of the campground.

A Sasquatch Lies In Wait

After getting their story, Thomas camped out for the next couple of days looking for and gathering corroborating evidence — and piecing together the full story of this amazing encounter.

By following the sign, here is what he learned…

Thomas determined that the sasquatch fled north towards Ford Mountain from the campground.  It crossed Chilliwack River Road and re-entered the bush about 12 meters to the east of power pole 381.  It continued traveling north along the west bank of Cow Creek for about 60 meters — and then it stopped.

Thomas said that he could clearly see track sign that the sasquatch, paused and waited.  It appeared to have paced back and forth in a small area.

Did it stop to see if it was being pursued?

Was it lying in wait to ambush human pursuers?

Was it examining its catch of the day?

No matter what the reason, my impression is that there had to be some thinking going on.  Possibly even some contemplation.

After the animal paused it continued fleeing north up a steep talus slope at the foot of Ford Mountain.  A slope littered with sharp rocks and large boulders the size of VW Beetles.

 Search for the Fish Stringer

The fish stringer was never recovered.

I suppose it is somewhere near the top of the talus slope, where the sasquatch finally stopped to dine on a meal of fresh trout.  I am tempted to head up there with a metal detector to look for it.  Chances are, a galvanized fish stringer could still be found.  It could be like finding a needle in a haystack — it could also be sitting on a stump.

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Synopsis:  Sheriff’s Deputy and professional tracker Fernando MORIERA confirms that the track we found on Wednesday, May 18, 2012 in the Silver-Skagit Valley near Camp Rhino was a footprint and was consistent with tracks and casts he has seen and believes to be made by sasquatch.  He estimated the age of the print to be as 30-45 minutes, prior to my photographing it.

Fernando MOREIRA’s Professional Credentials

Fernando MOREIRA is a federally certified law enforcement and military trainer.  He trains US Special Forces, the FBI, US Border Patrol, US Marshall Service, state and local police, and Search and Rescue teams in the art of mantracking.

In 1988  MORIERA, was awarded the distinguished title of World’s Best Tracker.  He has numerous certifications, merit letters and commendations, to include honors such as the American Red Cross Real Hero Award (2005, 2006), Rescuer of the Year (2001), Excellence in Search and Rescue Medal (1999), and recent nominations for the Jefferson Award (2005, 2006) and the America’s Most Wanted All Star Award (2006, 2007).

MOREIRA is frequently called to testify in US state and federal courts as an expert witness in tracking.

Video Example of Fernando MORIERA’s Tracking Abilities

MORIERA’s Investigative Findings

On March 28, 2011 I was put in contact with Sheriff’s Deputy Fernando MORIERA, and asked for his opinion regarding the print we found on May 18th, 2011.  MORIERA was provided with three high-definition (HD) videos of the print as well as a couple HD stills.

On Friday, April 06, 2012 after reviewing the materials, facts and circumstances of the prints found, it is MORIERA’s expert opinion that the track is a footprint and was caused by the animal (sasquatch) walking through Silverhope Creek and on to the drier sand.

During my questioning I asked MORIERA would would cause the moisture to be in the form of a footprint.  He related to me that this is not uncommon in tracking and called: water transfer.  MORIERA gave the analogy of a person stepping out of a swimming pool on to concrete — or from the shower on to a towel.  The absorbent material will take on the shape of the foot, leaving a print.

In the video and photos MORIERA noted:

  • Water transfer
  • A pressure release in the area of the mid-tarsal area of the foot.
  • Compaction due to the heavy weight of the animal that made the print.
  • Outline of the foot and heel.
  • Rocks, pebbles and forest materials impressed in the print.

MORIERA related that the track was less than 30-45 minutes old depending on the ambient temperature.

SCENE

The location is within 100 meters of Camp Rhino and about 35-50 meters from Silverhope Creek.  The exact location including GPS coordinates are available to any confirmed field researcher.  Request via contact page.

Videos of Scene And Track

In order to keep the site available and untainted for future expeditions and research, the videos related to this investigation are only going to be made available to any confirmed field researcher.  The location we found the print may be discernible in the videos.  Request via contact page.

For further information refer to the initial report.

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A great article from the April 4, 1959 issue of the Ottawa Citizen titled: “The Trail of The Sasquatch”.

 

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