Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sasquatch Sighting in Tantalus Range
This is actually an excellent sighting mainly because it naturally eliminates all other possibilities. As well, our ability to distinguish detail is grossly underestimated and here the creature is protected by a clear body covering that must be fur. Any artificial solution would have produced subliminal telltales to inform the observer.
The speed is also impossible for a human traveler, which happens to be one of the reasons that no tracker has ever caught up to one of these. What this creature is doing would take hours for a well prepared human crew helping each other.
The only creature I would typically expect up in those snow fields would be a mountain lion and never a bear. Human hikers also avoid walking on ice fields without partners because of the risk of crevasses. This is extremely dangerous ground which this creature must know well to be able to safely traverse it. I would never tackle it without snowshoes at least and really never on foot and I grew up in snow country and difficult terrain.
So we have a clear sighting in the same environment as yeti sightings in the Himalayas. That is actually a clear expansion of our knowledge of its potential habitat and that it likely likes the high country.
The sharp peak you see in the photo is called Black Tusk and it is a volcanic throat eroded free. I personally climbed Black Tusk many long years ago. It is beautiful high country there.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:33 PM -
A B.C. hiker released a video of what he thinks could be Sasquatch in the mountains near Squamish, B.C.
The video was shot two years ago while the man was hiking in the Tantalus Range.
Now that it's been posted on YouTube, it's picked up over 245,000 views so far.
The video shows a small black dot of a figure reportedly moving up a snow covered mountain in the middle of no where.
"Pretty sure this is Sasquatch down there," said M. Lamont on the video recording. "I can't see it very well. It's this little black dot walking in the middle of the snow in the middle of nowhere."
In the info provided on the YouTube post, Lamont says, "we are not claiming this to be anything other than a strange encounter based on some of the reasons below:"
1) We were able to view the subject much better than what the video portrays as it was just a simple point and shoot camera. Contrast was excellent due to the snow behind the subject.
2) The subject was clearly bipedal and was without snowshoes or a backpack and wearing all one coloured clothing. Movement over this kind of terrain in soft snow without snowshoes would have been very difficult and the distance traveled over the given time period would have been very fast for a human without proper snow travel gear.
3) There was a very steep drop off below where the video was shot, easily a 300m sheer face. We were not equipped with climbing gear and a descent around would have been impossible before nightfall.
4) We have encountered bears on the approach to this summit in the past, this video is most definitely not showing a bear or any other wild animal.
5) Perhaps the most reasonable explanation for this video is a very ill prepared hiker, hiking up a difficult section of snowline as opposed to a much easier route, one who is very physically fit and able to cover ground in unusually quick fashion and must have had very large feet as we were breaking through snow crust in just our boots.
It's been suggested the figure is a bear, possibly upright against the slope, according to the CBC.