DHS Squirrel

August 2004 Expedition

August 2004 Expedition in the Olympic Rain Forest Region (Northwest WA State):

Number of participants on the trip: 30

Number of participants who say they observed a sasquatch during the trip: 7

Number of people who say they heard sasquatch sounds (screams, howls, knocks, chattering, etc.) during the trip: 21

Number of scats found: 1 possible scat.

Number of tracks impressions found that were generally concluded to be sasquatch tracks: 6

One cast was made. The footprint was in gravel ladden soil and has no dermal detail. Five other tracks were found at different locations, in watery mud, with no dermal detail or distinctive toe detail.

The encounters that happened :

There were three incidents, with at least two visual witnesses during each incident.

First incident: Two participants said they observed three sasquatches at ~150 feet, walking along a logging road at night.

Second incident: Three participants said they observed a sasquatch at ~40 feet, looking out from behind a tree along a logging road at night.

Third incident: Two participants said they observed one at an undetermined distance crossing a road at night.

Four (4) inter-related reasons why no video footage or photos of sasquatches were obtained:

1) The expedition participants were interested in seeing a sasquatch, rather than photographing one. Everyone knew that any sightings would likely be brief. This made most participants more intent to quietly watch, and not try to fiddle with cameras during their big moment.

All of the witnesses were wearing nightvision goggles at the time of their observations. The goggles were on loan to the BFRO. Nightvision goggles do not allow you to record what you are seeing, unfortunately..

Participants had to bring their own camera gear. Most lacked the expensive nightvision-camcorder combos necessary for videotaping at night without illumination..

4) The BFRO did have one expensive thermal (body heat) camcorder on the trip -- a camera that can videotape in complete darkness. That single unit could not be everywhere at once, so it was parked at a central point and dispatched to where it was needed when it was requested by a given team. Because of that limitation, the thermal unit was never delivered in time for the reported fleeting encounters.

The great value of this exercise, with respect to video documentation, was that it allowed us to determine the right equipment for getting video footage in these environments.

The right equipment is several sets of thermal (body heat) nightvision goggles that can output to video recorders. Nightvision scopes coupled with camcorders are not as effective in these situations. They're difficult to hold up continuously for hours while walking around in a dark forerst, but that's what it takes, according to the eyewitnesses who finally caught a glimpse of one while using nightvision goggles. If the goggles used in August had been able to record to video, we would have come back with several pieces of footage from that trip.

There's only one type of device with all of the features necessary to get footage -- See the description for the TAG-7. These video-enabled goggles cost $15,000 each. We hope to test a few on the upcoming expedition.

Notes from Various Participants




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