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DATE: Feb. 28, 2016
COUNTY: Berkshire County
LOCATION DETAILS: Mount Washington State Forest is located in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
From East or West/Mass Pike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow MA Rte. 102 west for 4.7 miles to Stockbridge. Turn left and follow U.S. Rte. 7 south for 7.7 miles through Great Barrington. Turn right and follow MA Rte. 23 west for 4.9 miles to South Egremont. Turn left onto MA Rte. 41 south, then take immediate right, Mount Washington Road; continue for 8.8 miles (becomes East St.) to park entrance and headquarters.
From West, North and South/NY Rte. 22: From NY Rte. 22 in Copake Falls, NY take NY Rte. 344 east into Massachusetts (becomes Falls Rd.) for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto West Street and continue for 2 miles, bearing right onto East Street. Parking and trailhead are on right.
NEAREST TOWN: Mt Washington State Forest Mass
NEAREST ROAD: East St
I have been a believer that Big Foot exist for years just based on how many people have reported seeing or hearing something over hundreds of years. I am 64 years old and have been hiking and camping ever since I was about 12 years old and I have seen and heard many things in the woods.
On February 27, 2016, my friend Dean and I set out for an over night camping trip in Mt Washington State Forest in Mass. You can watch the 8 min video on my blog if you like. www.hikingwithtom.com
I always record our adventures on video but this time I decided to run an MP3 recorder all night and get the sounds of the night, I did get what I think was a bobcat walking up to my tent but around 2 AM I was awake again because it was very cold and hard to sleep. I was only half awake when I heard a real loud noise but not awake enough to really tell what it was except that it was a good ways off, I knew I was recording audio so I noted the time so I could find it on my recorder and went back to sleep, or at least I tried too.
When I got home I found the sound on my MP3 recorder and it sounds a lot like a wood knock but judging by the amount of echo and how loud it was from so far away It had to be something real big that made that noise. I do not think even Babe Ruth could swing a bat fast and hard enough to make that sound. The sound is int the video my blog. www.hikingwithtom.com It sounded like it was a good half mile a way..
OTHER WITNESSES: Dean was with me but he was sleeping
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2 AM while camping, cold temps
ENVIRONMENT: Cold and 2 inches of snow on the ground about 25 degrees
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Tim Vogel:
Tom's overnight campout in the Berkshires turned out to be a very interesting recorded encounter in the middle of the night. There are 3 potential wood knocks at the 5:54 mark on the video posted on his blog. Heard off in the not to far distance, late at night, in a winters mountainous deciduous forest and were recorded on his MP3 recorder. Upon listening to the recording Tom noticed something that needed further scrutiny to be sure of what he had recorded. He then sent this to me for analyzing and there is a clear distant-loud noise that could be a wood knock:
(Short clip of strange sound)
With Tomís permission I sent the recording of the potential wood knocks to the essential people at the BFRO. This is what the recording analyst had to say: "Yes, I'd say that's a wood knock. In my head phones it definitely has a wood on wood note. But even better, I can hear some vocals. The wood knock itself has a trailing sound that ascends. I believe that is a whoop that start exactly at the same time as the wood knock. And then after the knock/whoop, very faintly, there's a descending shriek in the distance. There may be another deep vocal in there too, but it's right on the edge of hearing. I've attached an amped and filtered version that might sound better to you".
(Amped and filtered version)
Numerous reports have come out of this area, I personally have seen a mountain lion in the area.
About BFRO Investigator Tim Vogel:
Tim Vogel is the owner of Tekoa Mountain Outdoors, an outdoor, adventure education business. Located in Western Massachusetts. (www.tekoamountainoutdoors.com).
Tim is a BFRO Northeast Investigator, and has assisted in the BFRO MA. Expeditions 2015-16. Attended and taught tracking, casting and provided a demo on FLIR units at the Vermont BFRO 2016, Pennsylvania 2017. Western MA 2017 and The BFRO Bridgewater Triangle area 2017 Expeditions. A member of Team Squatchachusetts and interested in Bigfoot since 1976 when something with big feet went through his familyís back yard one winter's day.