Practical tips and how-to's for the avid "Squatcher".

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who believe that Sasquatch exists, and those who are wrong. Just kidding! Well, sort of. The fact of the matter is that almost no one is neutral when it comes to the topic of Bigfoot – you either believe they exist, or you believe that those who believe they exist are delusional and smoke too much pot (which, here in Colorado is probably the truth). So why has Bigfoot become such a lightning rod of controversy? I believe, in part, it's because we simply don't want to think that a race of 8 foot tall, 900 pound hairy “hominids” could possibly live in “our” woods. Why, if that were true, who in their right mind would want to go hiking alone? (sound of crickets in the background). I call it the “Jaws Phenomenon”.

The Jaws Phenomenon

Do you remember when the movie “Jaws” first came out in 1975? Not only was it a phenomenally scary movie for its time, but it actually created a genuine crisis for summer resorts because the beaches around the nation were EMPTY. Nobody wanted to enjoy the waves when JAWS could be lurking just below the surface. So remember: you never know WHO or WHAT may be watching you, just out of sight behind the trees as you meander unawares along the forest trail.

Jaws

Sasquatch (otherwise known as Bigfoot, Skunk-Ape, Yeti, Grass man, Boggy Creek Monster, Fouke Monster, Hairy One, Windego, or a hundred other regional monikers) is undoubtedly the best-known criptid in the world. A Cryptid is defined as “a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community” (en.wikipedia.org).

 







Skeptics abound, claiming that such a creature could not possibly have eluded scientific discovery until now – especially not one of suc

h enormous proportions. I will agree that the lack of a body or a captured Sasquatch is problematic to say the least. And yet I find it truly amazing that literally thousands of eye-witness sightings from every single state in the continental U.S, a veritable mountain of evidence (tracks, nests, tree sculptures, and even hair and blood samples), and a near fever-pitch level of interest across the nation are not enough to convince the most avowed Asquatchists (I just made that up – Athiest...Asquachist...never mind). 

If someone is determined not to believe in the existence of Bigfoot, almost no amount of evidence will ever suffice to convince them. I find it very amusing that for most “unbelievers” bringing up the topic of Bigfoot is tantamount to forcing religion on them, as though believing that Sasquatch exists means that you must now become a “Squatchist” and begin practicing “Squatchism” - which undoubtedly involves shaving your head and drinking ritual blood sacrifices.

So, having said all of the above, this site is dedicated to the search for Sasquatch – our ever elusive, hairy half-cousin. Most of what we'll post here will be from our own backyard here in central Colorado. We're always on the lookout for great stories, so don't hesitate to write us through the contact page – or better yet, come on by the Sasquatch Outpost here in Bailey and put your own pin in the “Colorado Sasquatch Sightings” map! See you soon!

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Getting the Knack for Tracks

One of the easiest ways to track a Squatch is by following its footprints. However, there's a small problem with the Elmer Fudd system (“Shhh, I'm hunting those Wascaly Sasqwatches!”): footprints have an annoying habit of disappearing, especially in mud or snow. And this very fact – the instability of the material that Bigfoot has walked over - is one of the most convincing proofs that they do exist. So if you do find a print, or prints, you should count yourself extremely lucky; the frail nature of a really good, clear print means that a Sasquatch probably passed that way only a short time before you came along.

As you'll see in the photos below, winter time is prime-time for finding Bigfoot, as they have to move around to find food and shelter, and they cannot avoid walking through the snow. Most of the photos were taken within 10 miles of Bailey, so these are local yokel Squatches – not their Timber Giant cousins from the Pacific Northwest. In fact, except for a couple of exceptions I took all of these photos myself. My favorite is the shot of the mother and baby prints together – pretty rare to catch two together, and the baby couldn't have been more than an infant. It looked like the baby actually stepped in the middle of Mom's track before she picked it up. We discovered the tracks on top of a rock outcropping, right next to a sheltered area in the rocks. I like to imagine that the mother went there to get shelter in a snowstorm, or that she was looking for food; there was abundant evidence that the overhang in the rocks was a favorite hang-out for pack rats (mmm, juicy little snacks for a hungry squatch!).

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Squatch Map

The second set of tracks were found in early January 2013, only 2 miles from downtown Bailey. They were interesting by the stride (7-8 feet ) and by the fact that they were in-line as opposed to staggered. Most of the tracks were melted too much to be able to discern any toes, except for one track that was right next to a building and more sheltered from the sun. The print wasn't much bigger than my hiking boot, so it must not have been full grown. Still, to have a 7-8 foot stride is pretty impressive. The other photos were taken on Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass – both locations are approximately 12-15 miles from the heart of Bailey. Many people are surprised when they come to the Outpost and look at our Sasquatch Sightings map, that most of the pins are focused around Bailey.

Squatch Map

This is less an indication that Bailey is Sasquatch Central for Colorado, and more an indication that there's a great deal of activity all over the State. I'm convinced that you could place our store in almost any Rocky Mountain town, and you would find the same concentration of Bigfoot sighthings around that location. There are FAR more Sasquatches living in our national forests and wilderness areas than any of us could possibly imagine.

 

Sasquatch Tree Structures

There's more than one way to track a Squatch. And no, I'm not talking about the deep woods cannabis cultivation sites. Although, now that you mention it, that WOULD explain the skunky smell associated with Sasquatches. Hey, I think we're on to something here! Anyway, back to what we were talking about.

Squatches use trees – we know that much. They break them; they bend them; they make things out of them, and they lean great huge ones up against each other. What we don't know is why. Is it territorial? Does it have something to do with marking a path? Is it a display of strength and dominance? Until we can communicate with them in some legible way, we'll never know. Tree breaking is the most common sign of Sasquatch activity. And they always seem to break them in the same manner: usually an aspen sapling will be bent over or twisted until it snaps, but instead of breaking them completely off they always seem to leave the broken part just hanging. And you'll usually find several broken in the same general area.

No other animal breaks trees in this manner. Elk and deer will rub them, but rarely if ever break them. Bears might eat the leaves of young saplings, and they could conceivably break the tree in the process; but they don't do this consistently, time after time – certainly not in the numbers that we find in the forests around Bailey. They also break larger trees in half, far too high and with far more strength than a human (or even several humans) could manage without the help of mechanical or hydrolic leverage.

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But perhaps the most fascinating thing one might find are the structures or “sculptures” that are formed from several inter-locking saplings or small trees that clearly did not naturally fall that way. So take a look at some of the photos below, and make up your own mind. And the next time you're out in the woods, pay a little more attention to what's all around you. You never know, you just might find something that was built by one of the Big Guys himself!

 

Unsolved Mysteries

The Mystery of the Disappearing Elk

Every once in awhile while we're out “Squatching”, we'll come across something that is bizarre, seems out of place or simply defies explanation. The series of photos entitled, “The mystery of the disappearing elk” is one such situation. In March of 2014, I was out with a couple of friends about 10 miles from Bailey. The area we were in was riddled with deer and elk tracks, which would be perfect for any omnivorous Sasquatch family. Many years of research and eye-witness testimonies have confirmed (with a high degree of certainty) that Bigfoots regularly kill deer and elk to meet their physical protein demands. That morning, I came across some elk tracks that were strange: the elk was running (nothing unusual in itself), but it was also defecating as it ran. Apparently, something had literally scared the you-know-what out of it.

I followed this trail for probably 75 yards, curious to see what I might find. Sure enough, I came upon the imprint of an elk's body in the snow (see photos below). It was nearly perfect, almost as though the imprint had been made by a giant, elk-shaped “stamp”. The elk had either been killed instantly, or been knocked completely unconscious. Either way, once it hit the snow, it never moved. But here's the wierdest part of all: There was no elk. We couldn't find any elk footprints leaving the scene, nor any predator drag marks, nor any signs of a struggle. The body was simply gone.

Only after standing there somewhat befuddled for a good 10 minutes did one of us notice another, much larger set of tracks that converged on the elk trail from a different direction. These tracks were 10-12 feet apart, but too melted by the sun to distinguish what had created them.

Unsolved Mysteries

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These tracks came quite close to the elk imprint (but not right up to it) and continued on down the hill. Was the elk running from this creature, whatever it was? Did whatever made the large prints somehow kill the elk and carry off the body? This would be a phenomenal feat of strength, as an adult cow elk weights in the neighborhood of 450-550 lbs, and a bull 40% more than that. We'll never know, but it sure is a curious thing!

 

The Mystery of the Greasy Fingerprints

Last summer, a friend of ours showed up at the Sasquatch Outpost with a bizarre story. She runs a paper route in Conifer, and is usually out during the wee hours of the morning. One such early morning in July, she was getting quite tired and decided to pull over for a quick nap. It was 4:30 in the morning, and pitch black outside. She was on Shadow Mountain at the time. As she closed her eyes, she couldn't shake the feeling that she was being watched – but of course, she couldn't see anything in the dark outside. She finally dozed off, and when she woke up she simply started her van and continued with her route. Later on, in the light of day, she saw something that made the hair on the back of her neck stand up straight. All around her vehicle – on every window, on the doors and on the hood of the van – were greasy fingerprints. It looked for all the world like someone or something had been leaning against the car with just its fingertips, peering in at her while she slept. Probably a good thing she didn't wake up while that was happening! I'm just saying.

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