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COUNTY: Rutland County
LOCATION DETAILS: The shelter is in the Calvin Coolidge state forest located on an old logging trail off Shrewsbury road (seasonal) which intersects RT100 outside of Plymouth and continues over the mt's towards Shrewsbury and Rutland.
(Intersection for Shrewsbury road is to the south of Plymouth)
NEAREST TOWN: Plymouth
NEAREST ROAD: RT100
OBSERVED: I put together a mountain bike trip with a cousin for a weekend in Central Vermont near the town of Plymouth in the Calvin Coolidge state forest.
We decided on a Lean-To shelter called TinkerBrook on the outskirts of the forest near the backside of Killington Peak. One reason for this location was because of the steep topography the area offered for a mountain biker. Also, not to many people visit this shelter according to the Rangers I've talked to before due to the hike in and lack of 4x4 access as well. The place offers nothing more than a view of a steep forested ravine. The shelter is right on the edge of this ravine as well.
We travelled up Shrewsbury road which intersects RT100 south of Plymouth and then heads west almost straight up the nearest mountain in a series of switchbacks. We then parked our vehicle on the bend in the road where tinkerbrook shelter trail starts. The trail/road is heavily blocked off by boulders and easy to miss. We packed up the bikes and headed down the old trail/road to the shelter. The shelter is about a 3/4 mile off the forest road we parked the vehicle on.
We set up camp for the night in the shelter and did a look around. The place offered no trails to ride on and the ravine was so steep that you needed to climb out of it using the roots of the trees in it. The place was very isolated.
We headed off to bed around 9:00pm and left a campfire going near the opening of the shelter. A few hours later (12:00am) my cousin woke me up saying that he was hearing and feeling knocks on the shelter. I told him to go back to sleep. Then I heard and felt the noises myself.
The sounds were like something big pushing against the shelter. I thought it could of been a moose or bear and decided to go around back to see. I took a flashlight and went around back within a minute of hearing the noise again. There was nothing there to see.
This continued a few more times during the night until maybe 3:00am. I felt the bumping sounds near my side of the shelter on occasion. We didn't get much sleep and at one point I even pulled all the firewood close to the opening to keep a large fire going.
In the morning we looked for any damage to the shelter and found nothing. We also looked around for any sign on the ground (footprints, loose rocks, scrapes and hoofmarks) but found nothing.
We decided not to stay another night and headed out.
ALSO NOTICED: none
OTHER WITNESSES: 1 (Cousin). He was the one to first hear the noise when trying to sleep.
OTHER STORIES: I have seen scattered reports in the BFRO database that run a line through central VT well into the Adirondacks. Some of these places I have been to as well, but never had an experience like this one.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Time:12:00am - 3:00am
Weather:No rain and cool temps
Light Conditions: dark night in the woods with almost no moonlight possible clouds.
ENVIRONMENT: A Forested Ravine of Pine and Oak
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
If it was a sasquatch thumping this shelter, then the behavior is consistent with the kind of low-level harassment behavior described before in different regions.
The more intense harrassment and intimidation tends to occur in the more remote areas, leading many to suspect it occurs when humans are too deep within a sasquatch habitation area.
The TinkerBrook shelter in Coolidge State Forest (see directions) might still be a good spot to camp at, especially because it overlooks a remote wooded ravine.