Bigfoot sightings and finding Sasquatch videos and investigations is a popular pasttime. If you want to see interesting Sasquatch videos, then you will be fascinated by the field research of author Christopher Noel.
Capturing Sasquatch Videos in the Forest
Chris Noel is the author of Impossible Visits, a book about what Chris terms habituation sites, where Sasquatch and humans live together and in many ways actually interact with each other. Follow along with this interview and learn how Chris Noel takes a unique and fresh approach to Sasquatch research.
An Introduction to Sasquatch Videos and Investigation
LTK: How did you first become aware of and interested in the study of Sasquatch?
CN: When I was ten or eleven, I saw The Patterson/Gimlin Film, shot in northern California in 1967. It shows a female Sasquatch striding away from the camera across a river valley. Thirty-five years went by before I realized that it is possible to actually research these creatures in a systematic manner. I joined the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and became hooked.
LTK: Was there a moment or an event that inspired you to write the book Impossible Visits?
CN: Between 2005 and 2007, I attended ten BFRO Expeditions, learning a great deal about the behavior of these remarkable creatures and about methods for making contact with them.
I also became aware of a wholly different approach to making contact-habituation. I heard astonishing details of situations in which Sasquatches were actually making repeat visitations to particular homes and properties, and even exchanging food and gifts with the residents there.
I then shifted my attention to making contact with habituators themselves, people who, in the great and humane scientific tradition of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, have managed to foster consistent, trusting relationships with the primates in their area. Some generously agreed to share their experiences and their methods for my book if I promised never to disclose their identities or locations.
More about Habituation Sites
LTK: What is the definition of a habituation site?
CN: A habituation site is simply a place that Sasquatches have become familiar with, and tend to return to. Sometimes, these spots are very remote; other times, they are surprisingly close to population centers. These sites are distributed throughout North America.
LTK: In your YouTube Sasquatch videos, you've captured evidence of very large human-like footprints that extend two to four inches beyond the length of your own feet with significantly longer strides. Have you ever made a cast of these prints in order to present them to biologists for examination?
CN: No, I didn't cast the tracks. On the one hand, of course, I wish that I had. On the other hand, though, my stance is that there are already thousands of convincing track casts in existence, and that a few more will not significantly add to the preponderance of evidence. My main interest in locating tracks and other signs is to determine where the Sasquatch are operating in my area, so that I can best position myself to obtain footage.
A Close Encounter in the Dark
LTK: Could you describe the one most compelling and convincing interaction that you chronicle in your book?
CN: On the night of June 24, 2008, I fell asleep early. It was extremely dark thanks to a thick leafy canopy.
At 9:51, I became aware that I wasn't alone. What I heard was a snap-crackle-pop of sticks being deliberately broken, emphatically and close by, maybe fifty-feet away. It felt exactly like the "arrival" I'd hoped for so fervently, but I never expected I'd have zero eyesight like that. I possessed no night-vision technology, nothing but a large hand-held spotlight, and using the latter was of course a well-known taboo among researchers. The idea was to build up trust.
The sounds went on and on. Sometimes three sticks were snapped within five seconds. The more I listened, the clearer it became that this display was moving, slowly circling me. Best I could tell, it was just one of them. Just? Unless a person had hiked in there, found me in the pitch dark when I had told nobody where I was camping, and had decided to behave like a Sasquatch, this actually was a Sasquatch.
"Hello over there," I called out in my kindest voice. "Hello hello hello, I'm glad you're here. Please stay. What are you trying to tell me?"
From my backpack, I pulled my daughter's one-piece pajamas that she'd outgrown. Invisible at that moment, they were white with blue polka-dots. I hugged them to me, like some talisman against manual decapitation.
Hours passed, and the message remained the same, though I could not read it. Occasionally, light thumps were added to the snaps. I kept talking, anything that came into my head, whistling, even singing songs such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (my little girl's favorite). And then, shortly after midnight, the thumps became, for a short time, anything but light. My visitor suddenly smacked the ground four times, and pounded it three more times just half a minute later .
Never for the rest of that protracted night did he allow himself so much abandon again, but happily, the audio recorder captured the whole encounter distinctly.
The Moving Hand
LTK: Could you describe the most fascinating personal interaction that you've ever had in your field study of the Sasquatch in Vermont or elsewhere?
CN: The first time I saw a Sasquatch was in Texas, on the evening of November 8, 2008, and I didn't even know it. One of the habituators contributing to this book, whom I was visiting, had made an impressive bonfire in her backyard. She and I, her twenty-year-old daughter and her daughter's friend were roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, and just goofing around.
From time to time, I'd leave the fire area and scan with the thermal imager (a machine that reads heat signatures) along the nearby tree line. Yes, I did notice the vague bar of light (heat) at the periphery, low and parallel to the ground, at the edge of the firelight, but for some reason I didn't think it worthy of a closer approach. I'd geared myself to pay attention for sudden upright giants, not for anything so small and horizontal.
It wasn't until nine days later, back home in Vermont, that I reviewed the footage and realized that the bar of light was actually moving, and in a peculiar way that was tough to interpret. The front end kept thrusting forward and down, to the right.
I enhanced the footage, upping the contrast, and sent the file around to the habituators' group, people who have had repeat visitations to their properties. The Oklahoma woman said the magic word. She noticed that as what we thought might be a "head" moved, it splayed like the fingers of a hand flexing. I looked again and again. She was quite correct! In an abrupt gestalt shift, the true nature of the image jumped out at me plainly. This long, bright object was, in fact, a left arm and a hand slung over a dark, pointed board. The hand was actually cupping the tip of the board at times, while the rest of the figure was crouched and hidden behind a heap of debris.
Three times, the Sasquatch stretched its hand like this, out and down, like someone with a cramp. If it hadn't moved, no identification would have been possible.
How to Research Sasquatch Near You
LTK: Do you have any advice for readers located in the Northeast United States, who may be interested in seeing an actual Sasquatch? Are there certain locations in the Northeast where such a sighting is more likely? Are there ways to bait or otherwise lure Sasquatch out into the open?
CN: Anyone who lives near an undeveloped tract of forest may well be in position to conduct research. My advice would be:
- Go out into the woods by day and check for stick and tree structures.
- Listen to the ''wood knocks''. If you or any neighbors have ever heard such sounds emanating from your woods, this is a very good sign.
- Check the BFRO.NET sightings database, an interactive map of North America, to learn if others have reported encounters in your area.
- If you conclude that there is probable Sasquatch activity near you, I'd recommend camping in the woods. Use a good audio recorder. See what happens!
LTK: What are your future plans for your own research, and do you plan to publish another book any time soon?
CN: As soon as this infernal snow melts, I'm headed back out into the woods. My method is to go alone and make no campfire. Darkness makes them feel more comfortable, as does not having to face a group of human beings; I think even two constitutes a group. I have a thermal camera, and I'm avidly hoping to capture some compelling footage this season.
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