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 Posted: September 20th, 2008 01:48 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Just got back home from day 2 of the Pa. expedition. My wife and I had a great time with some really nice people and will definatly do it again next year.Would go for night 3 but starting the night shift Sat.
 
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 Posted: September 20th, 2008 10:53 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Where exactly was the expedition held? I'm In Warren, PA

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 Posted: September 20th, 2008 12:41 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

We cannot tell you where:

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Participants of the expeditions will be directed to post their own observations directly on this message board. The occurrences on the expeditions can be discussed with the public, but certain information should not be discussed, such as specific location names, or local witness names, or certain aspects of the process, the release of which might compromise our own safety in the field.





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 Posted: September 22nd, 2008 03:35 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Did any one from the PA Expy see anything out there? I been reading alot of the other Expy notes. Lots of good stuff. Keep it up BFRO.
 
 
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 Posted: September 22nd, 2008 09:26 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Disregard my last question, I know where the Expedition was.

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 Posted: September 22nd, 2008 10:19 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Hey rickj - It was great meeting you & your wife. I just got back from day five, and I'm dead tired after all the excitement! (and lack of sleep)

I had an amazing time, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Paul M did a fantastic job of organizing the expedition, and I learned more than I could've ever hoped to. The people I met were outstanding, and we had lots of really great bonding, and story telling. The seven hour trip was well worth it.

I was especially lucky to meet up with TP from Ontario, CA - and his experience out in the field was priceless. He had all the high tech gear of a seasoned squatcher, and had a way of investigating that truly opened my eyes to endless opportunities in the future.
Tom L teamed up with us on Thursday, and stayed 'til Sunday morning, and the three of us had some very exciting moments during the expedition. Tom brought to the trip many years of outdoor experience, and was a wealth of knowledge. His GPS Rhino radio kept us from getting lost and wasting time driving down dead ends.
Todd and I were the only ones to stay over an extra night, and let me say - It was a night I won't soon forget.

I need to take some time going through my notes, and then downloading all the pics, video, and audio recordings before I post about what occured. Right now, I need some rest.
To be continued...
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 Posted: September 22nd, 2008 10:27 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Eric, I look forward to reading your notes.
 
 
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 Posted: September 24th, 2008 09:58 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Photos From The 2008 PA Expedition
























Top row left to right:

Cathy Willis (Stephen Willis wife), ???, Sara (Canada), Derek (PA), Paul Mateja (BFRO Investigator and Expo Organizer), Steve (PA), Stephen Willis (BFRO Investigator WV), Bill (PA), Walt, Mike Aragona/Me/bigmike (BFRO Investigator NJ)

Bottom row left to right:

Paul, Barbra (NY?), Jamie (Canada), (Mark (FL), (?), Ray (NJ), Mike (LI)

Front:

Eric (NJ)




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 Posted: September 24th, 2008 11:05 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Great Photos Mike! Looks like a lot of fun! Can't wait to read some reports!
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 Posted: September 29th, 2008 10:25 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Cool photos, I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the reports.
Scott K. in NEPA

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 Posted: September 29th, 2008 07:30 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

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daryljwhite70 wrote:
Did any one from the PA Expy see anything out there? I been reading alot of the other Expy notes. Lots of good stuff. Keep it up BFRO.


There were many solid "Class B" incidents on this expedition, some of which we have audio recordings of.

Please be patient, notes and audio from the expedition will be posted in the near future.

Regards,

Mike Aragona
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 Posted: October 1st, 2008 11:38 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

who is everyone on the photo? Can one of you post who everyone is so that we can put a face to a name? Just curious.
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 Posted: October 1st, 2008 07:18 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Hi Lisa,

I'll try to remember everyone in the photo.

Top row left to right:

Cathy Willis (Stephen Willis wife), ???, Sara (Canada), Derek (PA), Paul Mateja (BFRO Investigator and Expo Organizer), Steve (PA), Stephen Willis (BFRO Investigator WV), Bill (PA), Walt, Mike Aragona/Me/bigmike (BFRO Investigator NJ)

Bottom row left to right:

Paul, Barbra (NY?), Jamie (Canada), (?), (?), Ray (NJ), Mike (LI)

Front:

Eric (NJ)

Anyone that I missed please feel free to post your name and location in the group photo. Also if you would like to post your full name and screen name feel free.

Regards,

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 Posted: October 1st, 2008 08:18 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Yes, great pictures. Everyone looks like they are having a great time. I'm anxious to read about this expedition. My Mother was born and raised within a few miles, at least I think, of the likely site. Anyhow, I was just through there last summer and am still amazed at that remote and beautiful area. I always enjoy reading the reports and just general informatiion on this site. I love it, and the people, although I have yet to meet anyone here, seem as genuine and nice as can be. Mike, great photographs, and as I mentioned, I'll be waiting with great interest. Mark.
 
 
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 Posted: October 1st, 2008 08:25 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

i boat there every summer one weekend a year in fact last year 2007 i was there the week after the last report from that area
 
 
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 Posted: October 2nd, 2008 09:53 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT I

Presented By:Mike Aragona BFRO Investigator NJ



*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future
research.


Equipment Deployed:


Click each for photo and details.

Thursday September 18th 2008:

We arrived at base camp from New Jersey late afternoon approximately 4:00PM EST. After setting up camp and having dinner we departed to hit the field around 8:00PM.
We chose a location roughly 20 minutes from base camp. The main group consisted of 10 people that broke into 3 smaller groups and then spread out over a mile radius staying in radio contact.

Team A consisted of 5 people including myself.
Team B consisted of 3 people
Team C consisted of 2 people

We organized and commenced wood knocking and vocalizations well into the early morning hours. At one point, Team A decided to hike further into the woods. We arrived at one area and startled something in the dense under growth. It scurried and to the entire team it sounded like it may have been bipedal. It did not sound extremely large nor did it sound extremely small. It froze, and we froze. What ever it was decided to approach us, as we could hear it coming closer. This struck me as strange behavior for any wild animal; it seemed as though it was curious about us and had to come closer for a better look. The animal froze again. I began scanning the area with the Thermal Eye but the under brush was so thick I could not pick up a heat signature. At one point, two of the team said they had seen yellow eyes about 5 feet off the ground looking at them. Again, I scanned the area with the thermal but could see nothing. I then decided to break the cardinal rule off all close range Sasquatch encounters, and turned on my headlamp. I scanned the area with the headlamp and could not see anything because of the dense cover.
I have to say if this were a Sasquatch, it would’ve had to have been a young one, and was very good at staying hidden even at close range.
We had no other activity this evening.



Friday September 19th 2008:

After a hearty breakfast at the local Perkins Restaurant, which I must say I thoroughly enjoyed we carried out scouting various areas and were in and out of base camp.

For the evening events my team and I, who consisted of four people decided to check out a location north of base camp. This location was a very heavily wooded area with many roads, ponds and lakes. There were also rural campsites with boat launches. The facility seemed to be closed for the season as the place was completely abandoned like a ghost town.
We parked our vehicle at the top of a road behind a metal gate similar to this one (click here). I suited myself with my Thermal Helmet-Cam setup and we proceeded to hike down the hill to the boat launch. The idea was to try some vocalizations and scan the shore with the thermal.
The hike down to the edge of the lake was approximately 3 miles. We did a few whoops and howls and scanned the shoreline with both the thermal and the Supervision digital night-vision monocular, but saw nothing. We decided to hike back up to the vehicle to check another location.
As we approached the gate, my team said, “did you hear that?” I did not hear it due to my helmet-cam and the fact that I was walking quite briskly. All three of them said it sounded like something shook a metal gate just like the one we were approaching somewhere down the hill off one of the side roads. We listened for a few minutes and heard nothing. I shrugged this off as a deer or bear hitting the gate while running, however all three of my team disagreed and were adamant that something grabbed hold of the gate and shook it as if angry.
Before we departed this location, one of my team decided to try hitting the steel guardrail with a solid tree limb we found on Thursday. The sound was loud and reverberated all the way down the hill where we previously returned from.

We then visited another lake with a dock. Once again, we tried some vocalizations and scanned the shore with the equipment but did not see anything. On the way back up to the vehicle, my team again said did you hear that and still I heard nothing due to the same reason mentioned above. They all said it sounded like a large cat growl, perhaps a mountain lion? Many people will say they are not in Pennsylvania but one of my team is a life long resident of PA and an avid outdoorsman and hunter. This person is convinced there are mountain lions in PA and the game commission denies it.

It was getting late and we were all tired from staying out the previous night so we decided to head back to base camp and check in for the night.


Saturday September 20th 2008:

Granola bars for breakfast, and thanks to Steve and Kathy Willis for supplying the coffee, it was much needed.

We scouted during the day and made a visit to the location of the Jacobs Creature photo.

For the evening stake out we decided to visit the same location as the previous night to see if we could find out what actually shook the gate.
We departed base camp around 9:00PM and arrived at the location about 9:20PM.
The plan for this evening was to call blast various Sasquatch calls and baby cries using a Panasonic boom-box and CD’s I burned along with hitting the steel guard rail and making human vocalizations, howls, whoops, etc.
We were there a little over an hour, the moon was not up as of yet and it was very dark. I had my thermal helmet-cam on along with two Panasonic digital IC recorders, a RR-US360 for companion audio to the thermal video and an RR-US500 with an external Visivox Hammer Head microphone.
I started to become disenchanted and was whistling in an attempt to coax the Eastern Screech Owl to call back to me, when all of a sudden we heard a loud grunt come from an estimated 30 to 40 feet in the woods. I swear this sounded like a large gorilla grunt and not a deer or bear. The hunter from PA happened to agree and he later said he’d never heard anything like that in the woods before. We also later found out from one of the team members that they did not hear the grunt but the wood-knock just before it.
We started to hear branches breaking and we all had the feeling something was approaching our location and watching us, although none of us felt threatened. I proceeded to scan the woods with the thermal and another member of my team did the same with the Supervision, however we could not see anything as this time of year the foliage on the tress and shrubs is still very thick.
I decided to make primate grunts along with whistles in hopes that if this were a Sasquatch, it would come closer or try to communicate. Then one of the team said, “ooh! did you guys hear that? Above us, it called back to you Mike just like you did.” One other member of my team heard this but I did not because of the helmet-cam. All right, I might as well say it, I’m getting older and my hearing is not as good as it used to be.
Again we scanned for a visual but could not find anything. We stayed there for another hour and nothing else happened, so we decided to head back to base camp and listen to the audio to see if we captured the evening’s events. As luck would have it, we did.


I knew my Visivox microphone was good but I never realized it was this good. Upon arriving home and reviewing and editing the recordings on my PC with audio editing software, I discovered the microphone picked up what sounds like branch breaks and grunts. It is my feeling whatever animal/s these may have been, they were communicating with each other.

What follows are the actual recordings from that evening, they have been edited for a “G” rating as we were all very excited and our New York/New Jersey language may be offensive to some people They have also been amplified and looped so you can hear the branches breaking and the animal/s making noise.

In my personal opinion my team and I encountered two or possibly three Sasquatch. I have been told that these creatures will hide behind trees in complete darkness so as not to be seen. I can consent to that, as we could never see them even with high tech night-vision equipment, even though we heard them and felt their presence.

Please listen to the recordings below carefully and judge for yourself.

Sincerely,

Mike Aragona
BFRO Investigator New Jersey


Panasonic RR-US500 with Visivox microphone full recording:

00:43: Knock/Grunt
0:1:07: Break/Grunt
0:1:36: Break/Grunt
0:4:54: Huff

http://www.mediafire.com/file/zywlm...ean Version.mp3




Knock- Grunt, Break-Grunt, Break-Grunt, Last Huff 2 second delay between each:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/rwdm1...reaks-Huffs.mp3




Knock/Grunt Loop 00:43

http://www.mediafire.com/file/3cgn1...-Grunt Loop.mp3

1st Break/Grunt Loop 0:1:07:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ncj2t...-Grunt Loop.mp3

2nd Break/Grunt Loop 0:1:36:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/myzm2...-Grunt Loop.mp3

Huff Loop 0:4:54:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ln5ym...g/Huff Loop.mp3

Panasonic RR-US360 Built in Microphone Last Huff Loop:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ztt0u...0 Huff Loop.mp3



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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 08:11 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

I'd just like to comment that this is some outstanding research with an awesome report.
 
 
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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 10:10 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Wow Big Mike That Was Some Report, Very Well Written And An A+ On The Editing. I Would Hate For Everyone To Hear Our Useage Of the 7 Word's You Shouldn't Say, With A Nice NY/NJ Accent. Anyway That Was Some Good Time Out In The Wood's And One I Have To Say Has Been The Best Yet. Can't Wait To Do it Again. You Should Have The Unedited Version For A Good Laugh For Everyone Who Want's To Hear It. By The Way Mike Could You Please Send Me An Email With Just The Group Photo Want To Make A Print Of It. Thanks Long Island Mike
 
 
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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 11:15 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

An excellent report Mike!

The missing members names are as follows:

Top Row - Greg K (NY)

Bottom Row - Tom L (OH)

My reports on the way. Stay tuned!
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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 11:23 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Sounds good.. the first one Knock/Grunt sounds like it says.

The following two, Break/Grunt sound mechanical - more like a break/Knock

Huff sounds like a huff..

excellant report!
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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 11:43 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Fantastic report, Mike. Excellent work.
 
 
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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 02:38 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Quote:
LI Mike wrote:
Wow Big Mike That Was Some Report, Very Well Written And An A+ On The Editing. I Would Hate For Everyone To Hear Our Useage Of the 7 Word's You Shouldn't Say, With A Nice NY/NJ Accent. Anyway That Was Some Good Time Out In The Wood's And One I Have To Say Has Been The Best Yet. Can't Wait To Do it Again. You Should Have The Unedited Version For A Good Laugh For Everyone Who Want's To Hear It. By The Way Mike Could You Please Send Me An Email With Just The Group Photo Want To Make A Print Of It. Thanks Long Island Mike


Mikey,

The entire recording is over an hour long. I edited it down to the best part and took out the 7 words’ you should not say. However you are right when you mention it would be a good laugh, not only do you hear our lovely NY/NJ language, you also hear all the call blasting and that guardrail, I would not be surprised if that was what called them in to our location?

I do not want to make the unedited version available because we have people of all ages visiting this forum. The BFRO and I have to keep a professional image.

The photo is on its way. I will send it to both your work and home address.

Regards,

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 Posted: October 3rd, 2008 03:11 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Got The Pic's Thank's, I Know You Cant Put It Up On The Forum, But It Would Be Funny, I Am Sitting Here Right Now Just Thinking About The Whole Trip And I'm Laughing. The Trip Was A One Of The Best If Not The Best So Far, The Laughs We Had,The Thing's That Happened All In All A Great Time. Keep In Touch Long Island Mike
 
 
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2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT Day I:
Presented By: Eric "Squatcher” NJ

*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future research.

Equipment Deployed:

L3 Thermal Eye x200xp
Bushnell Stealthview IR Monocular
SONY Handycam DCR-TRV260
RCA Digital IC recorder
(I forgot my SONY at home, so I thought)
Two (2) Moultrie Game Cams
Canon PowerShot SD100 ELPH
Nikon Digital Camera
OLYMPUS IS-50 35mm camera
Blast Block and rubber mallet
Head Lamp with IR

Wednesday September 17th 2008:

I arrived at Main Base Camp (MBC) from NJ at 6:30pm. There were only a few other attendees present at the time. I decided to spend the night there so I went into the office and met the owners. While I was checking in another guy came in looking pretty exhausted. Turned out it was Todd P, a BFRO investigator from Ontario, CA. We wound up setting up our tents across from the other ones, and then went over to talk with them. They were: Walt & his brother Mark S, and Mike P.
Later on Chip B, Ryan and Dan arrived from NY. Todd and I decided to head out around 11:00pm to do some squatchin' down some of the local forestry service roads. The other two parties went along as well. The three groups were deployed as follows:

Team A consisted of 2 people TP and myself.
Team B consisted of 3 people CB, R, & D
Team C consisted of 2 people WS & MP

Each team went down service roads and tried to stay within radio contact. We did experience some reception problems due to the hills. Todd & I found an area to park, and we scanned the area with thermal to begin. Then we went down a trail and he hung a pheromone chip from a branch within view of the night vision cameras. We did a few knocks and calls without response. We could hear a thumping noise through out the night, but couldn’t determine the source. CB had radioed us saying they were playing loud music, but the noise we were hearing was different. WS & MP were apparently hearing movement near their location. Then we decided to hike down a gated road using thermal and IR equipment. It turned out that we were quite close to the location of where the Jacob’s Photos were taken, but we were unaware of that fact. Then we hiked back to the vehicles and headed back to MBC.

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2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT Day II
Presented By: Eric "Squatcher” NJ

*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future research.

Thursday September 18th 2008:

I broke down my tent after having coffee with Walt, Mark, and Mike. I planned on setting up a satellite campsite with Todd later in the day. It was early afternoon when I heard someone come over the radio asking for BFRO members. It was Tom L arriving from Ohio. I called him over to where we were, and we made introductions. Todd needed to get some supplies, and I couldn’t find my SONY IC recorder so we drove in Tom’s truck to the nearest town and found a place to purchase our equipment. We also got lunch at Subway while there. We got back to MBC and organized a group to go investigate an excavation area Walt’s crew had found the night before. At this point Raj from NJ had also arrived. We formed a caravan to the location.
We broke off into smaller groups and surveyed the area. Right away Todd and I found some huge piles of bear scat, and there were berries on the ground everywhere. We came across depressions in the grass indicating either deer or bears had slept there. We then met up with Tom and the three of us continued down to a creek bottom. Tom had his mobile GPS and was able to see what was ahead of us at all times. I walked further down the creek and found a place to cross over. I was looking for any possible tracks in the soft banks of the creek. All I came up with were raccoon prints. I heard some movement from up above me and went up the hill to check it out, but found nothing there. I met back up with TP and TL and we headed back to the others.
When I got out of the woods Walt called over to me saying he wanted to show me something. We walked down a hill on the opposite side and he took me to where a small tree had some branches broken off and some other marks on its trunk. Tom came down and said it looked like a deer had made them while rutting. I looked past the tree, and saw what looked like small trees had been woven together to form a possible blind. It consisted of two trees about three feet apart on a slope that had leaves matted down as if it had been where some thing may have sat in ambush. To the left of this blind was a deep ravine, so if anything were to have gotten past this point it would have fallen quite a distance. We walked about ten feet from there and Walt found some deer pellets, and about five feet from there I found a huge pile of fresh scat. It was formed and it was big. I mean it was big! There were what looked to be impressions in front of it angled as if something had squatted there to do its business.
Most likely just bear scat, but one can never be too sure.
Shortly after that, we parted ways and TP, TL, and I went to find a location to set up camp before the meeting back at MBC. We came across one site down the road, but there was lots of bear sign, and Todd felt that it might deter sasquatches from being there. We then found another site that looked suitable and set up our tents, and then headed back for the group meeting. By this time most of the attendees had arrived. We got to meet Paul M from NY the expedition organizer, and his buddy Paul. The meeting went well, and we were introduced to Rick J and his wife ****.
Following the meeting we were informed by CB that he had eyed up that campsite earlier and Todd graciously said we’d move our tents. We then spent the next couple of hours driving all around trying to find a new site, but ultimately wound up at the first site with all the bear sign. We set up our game cams, hung pheromone chips and baited the cams. We had fun using Todd’s equipment, but had zero excitement that night. We did take a walk down the service road with the thermal, but saw nothing of interest. So quite possibly Todd’s theory was correct.



Walt and Tom inspecting the tree with the marks on it.


Chip and Todd checking out the huge pile of scat.


Todd hanging a pheromone chip at camp.


Todd setting his game cam up.


Here I am baiting my game cam.
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2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT Day III
Presented By: Eric "Squatcher” NJ

*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future research.

Friday September 19th 2008:

We broke camp and returned to MBC to hear of any events that had taken place the night before. Todd and I went to meet Steve and Kathy W and their dog Sandy. Their Volvo rig and camper were located in the back portion of the campground. We shared some stories, and then Todd and I needed to find a gas station. While we went in search of fuel – Tom went to scope out a new campsite for that night’s squatching. While we were gassing up the attendant asked what we were doing so far from home. I said camping, and Todd said “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m looking for Bigfoot!” The young man chuckled and then proceeded to tell us of an experience he had years earlier at his parents home up on the hill behind us. Not really worth getting into here. We headed back to meet up with Tom.
He had located an area near a large body of water that seemed suitable. It was on top of a ridge, and had numerous campsites. Only a couple of them were occupied so we chose a site that offered expansive views using the thermal eye. We made camp, collected some firewood and set up our equipment. We set up our game cams and left an assortment of bait. We then cooked some food on the fire and ate our dinner.
Then we played music and generally tried to act like campers. Todd set up his thermal on a tripod in front of my truck, and Tom had his night vision goggles, and I used Todd’s IR scope. We took turns monitoring the thermal camera, and Todd shared some stories of some of his experiences in the field with us. At some point we saw a heat signature peeking out from in between two trees and it wasn’t moving (like all the flying squirrels), so after a while Todd decided to walk out to see if it would move or not. He walked out about 100 yards, and Tom and I thought we saw something small scurry off on thermal.
Todd came back to camp, and we hung out by the fire talking. Then Todd checked the thermal and the heat signature was back again. It appeared to be peeking out at us, so this time Tom headed out with his IR goggles on to check it out. He had his radio with him, and Todd was watching with thermal and I used the IR scope. He got out to about where Todd had been, and then the image between the trees seemed to get bigger. Todd radioed Tom to tell him it was on his right and that it appeared larger than before. Then he says –
“OMG it just stood up!” I couldn’t see anything besides Tom through the scope, so I watched on thermal what was happening. My radio was set to a different channel so I’m yelling out to Tom “Turn around! It’s behind you!” We could see Tom in a crouched stance spinning around trying to see what it was we were seeing. Then we could see the shape of a deer slowly walking off to the left, and Todd says to Tom “It’s OK, it’s only a deer.” Well, you know how when the adrenaline is flowing - and then you realize that there’s nothing to worry about – you can get that nervous laughter? Anyhow, Todd and I are chuckling because we’re happy Tom’s OK, and Tom walks up and says “I don’t think its funny at all.” “Maybe I’ll laugh about it tomorrow, but right now I’m not laughing.”
I found it harder to stop laughing then Todd did, but I finally managed to get it under control. So after a while, I was feeling bad about the whole incident, so to try to make up for my lack of sensitivity, I grabbed a roll of TP and proceeded to head out the same way saying I needed to take a dump. I had on a headlamp with the IR lamp on, and no radio. Well they’re watching me through thermal and I get out to about where they had been, and I take a pee on a tree, and then I moved to the right, and they’re yelling to me saying that there was something to my right. I’m thinking that they’re messin’ with me so I yell back “where?” Then I pick up this large branch and begin slamming it on a tree doing knocks, and it breaks down to club size, so I turn my attention onto a stump and proceeded to smash it. I also threw in some grunts and whoops into the mix. Well not a minute passed when I heard a wood knock from in front of me to the right. I yell back to the guys “Hey, I got a knock!”
Then I think to myself that it was only a single knock, and it may be telling me not to come any closer. So I turned and headed back to the camp. The really cool thing was that when I got back - I realized I had my IC recorder in my pocket and it was recording the entire incident. So I was able to replay it for the guys.
Afterwards we took a walk down the dirt road and used night vision equipment and did some more knocks using the jam blocks and blast blocks. We got a couple of more return knocks in the process. When we returned to camp we took a walk into the woods and sat in camp chairs and tried to elicit more knocks but to no avail. Then we wrapped it up for the night and went to sleep.

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2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT Day IV:
Presented By: Eric "Squatcher” NJ

*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future research.

Saturday September 20th 2008:

We woke up and went to retrieve our game cams to see if we got anything good on them.
Tom had brought his laptop with him so we were able to insert the SD cards to view the images and videos. Nothing of interest was found. I took a ride down the access road to do some investigating on my own of an “X” sign I spotted off the road. I walked into the woods, and was amazed by all the apparent signs I was finding. Some investigators don’t hold much value in Tree Signs as evidence of sasquatches, but I personally feel that there is more to it than meets the eye. I took many photos of various structures, and while doing so; I heard movement behind me in the brush. Whatever it was, sounded larger than a chipmunk or squirrel, so I tried taking some photos over my shoulder to see if I could get something peeking out at me. I returned to camp and showed the guys the photos. Then we headed to MBC to see if anyone else had any activity. We thought we were excited with the knock responses, but then we got there and right away Chip B tells us about a Class A thermal sighting they had the night before at the campsite that we had originally placed our tents. It seems that he and Ryan got to view the squatch before it walked off into the woods. They didn’t have recording capability so nothing was captured to camera.
At 1:00pm we had a follow up meeting, and Todd P and Mike A gave a demonstration on the different types of equipment that is used on the expeditions. It was very informative. I then showed some of the photos that I had captured on my trail cams. After the meeting the attendees again broke up into small groups for the nights activities. TP, TL, and I remained together and planned on staying at the same campsite from the previous night. We figured that if we got single response knocks last night, that we’d have them return in greater numbers tonight.
Before the groups were deployed to various areas for the evening, Paul M had us follow him to where the Jacob’s Photos were taken. A long convoy left MBC and headed to the area. We all hiked down to the road, and climbed the hill to the spot. Unfortunately, the exact tree had been misplaced, so we tried to find it using the photo on Tom’s “Bear My Ass” T-Shirt (had to be there). I did take some photos of Derek doing his best interpretation of the creature in the Jacob’s photos. He’s a good sport. LOL! Too bad I forgot my costume.
From there we dispersed to various locations, and TP, TL, and I headed back to camp Tom-Tom. We discussed our plans for the evening, collected firewood and set up our equipment. TP, and TL went out to place Todd’s game cam, and I headed out to where I thought the first wood knock originated. Since my cams use electronic flash as opposed to IR, I placed them further out and pointed toward our campsite. My thought was that if the flash scared a creature when it went off, that it would cause it to flee in our direction. I found an active game trail, and decided on locations for the cams, and while I was setting up the first one, I heard a very loud knock off to my right in the forest. I even said out loud, “That was one loud ass knock” and immediately turned on a recorder. Seven seconds later, I heard five more loud knocks in series, and thought I’d definitely got them on audio recording. I also was filming with my Handycam, and it picked up the first knock as well. When I replayed the knocks for Tom, he said that it was gunfire. I respect his experience with firearms, but I told him that I have heard knocks from other areas that sounded like artillery fire, and that these sound similar to me.
So now all there was left to do was make a fire, cook some dinner, and wait for the squatches to come. We set up the thermal equipment on the tripod as we had done previously, and took turns scanning the forest. Tom saw a bear running across the road from our camp, but it was moving away. We were in radio contact with Big Mike and his team throughout the night, and we would alert them any time we did a knock or howl. It was fun to hear the excitement in Mike’s voice as they were getting responses to their calls and knocks, but at the same time I’m wondering when the action was going to begin for us. Well, I didn’t have to wait long – because Tom does a 360-degree scan with the thermal and said, “There’s a bear behind us!” and I turn with the IR scope and said “Yup, that’s a bear.” So we all jumped up and down and waved our arms and yelled and eventually scared him off. We watched through thermal as he headed towards the woods where my cams were set up, and wouldn’t you know it, we saw a flash from the cam going off. Todd and I walked out to the road with our blast blocks, and we positioned ourselves about two hundred yards apart from one another while Tom scanned with thermal. We tried doing knocks back and forth, in a variable method. Well we weren’t getting any responses from our calls or knocks, and we had seen a couple of trucks go by with their spotlights shining into the woods “deer spotting” so I had an idea. I said, “If they won’t come to us – then let’s go “Squatch spotting”. So Tom, and Todd climbed into the back of my truck with the night vision equipment, and we drove slowly down the road, stopping every so often to scan the woods with thermal. We did see the bears again (now there were two), but did not have any success finding Bigfoot.


Todd giving an equipment demonstration.




Big Mike demonstrating the latest in thermal fashion apparel.




Attendees at the Jacob's Photo location.




Derek recreating Jacob's Photo #2.




And again doing Photo #3.




The infamous "Mangy Bear" my game cam caught.



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 Posted: October 6th, 2008 04:57 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Eric,

Are you sure the last photo is not the Jacobs Creature? LOL

Great reports, thanks for posting all of them.
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*Bonus Report*

2008 NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA EXPEDITION REPORT Day V:
Presented By: Eric "Squatcher” NJ

*Specific location names have been omitted to preserve the integrity of the area for future research.

Sunday September 21st 2008:

Todd and I decided to stay on an extra day at the expedition, and we went back to the campsite that Chip & Ryan had the thermal sighting at on Friday. We arrived Sunday afternoon and as we got out of our vehicles a tree fell in the woods to our left. I took it as a message that they knew we were there. We then set up camp and then went about setting up our game cams. I chose the area where the tree fell, and when I walked back I found that a tree had been snapped off about 12' from the ground, and another one was leaning up against that one. It had a trunk that split off to a "U" and the U was wedged into the trunk one foot below the snap. It looked like it could be used as a ladder to get up to the point of the break.
That night we acted like campers not squatchers and made a fire and played music, etc. We took a walk at around midnight down the road where the sighting occurred, and went far down the road using thermal and IR scope. We saw nothing of interest. We decided to crash at 4:00am and just as we were getting into our tents Todd heard a scream in the marshy area on the right, so we went back out with the thermal but found nothing. At 4:30am we once again got into our tents, and then Todd radioed me to say he had his gear ready and to say a prayer and hope for the best. He then turned on a minidisk recording of us snoring. I put my IC recorder into the tent flap to record any possible sounds. I swear - not five minutes after I prayed - I heard something walk up to my tent and I heard it breathing. I could see a shadow on the fly of the tent, and then it touched the fabric by my head! I was lying there going OMG hear we go! I was too scared to call Todd, but I clicked on the talkie button three times, waited a moment and did it again. A moment later Todd comes over the radio asking me if I'm all right. I clicked three times real fast. It sounded like someone was walking around my tent, and then I radioed Todd and asked him if he was walking around my tent. He replied, "No, I'm not walking around your tent". We whispered back and forth a few more things, and then I heard the noise of an approaching vehicle. It was apparently a worker coming down the forest road to get started. Just as the truck rounded the bend, I heard the sound of something running off towards the woods and as it hit the leaves and underbrush could hear it crashing into the forest. It sounded bipedal to me.
After a few minutes, I could hear the sound of heavy equipment running off in the distance, and soon afterward, Todd radioed me to say that something was back. I couldn't hear it because our tents were about 50 yards apart. Not long after that I fell asleep, and when I awoke at 10:00am Todd was packed and ready to go. He helped break down my tent while I went to retrieve my game cams. We said our goodbyes, and headed for home.
To be continued…

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 Posted: October 6th, 2008 05:11 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Quote:
bigmike wrote:
Eric,

Are you sure the last photo is not the Jacobs Creature? LOL



Mike - I don't think we'll ever be sure, but I know a good discussion forum where we could debate it for a while.

Hey, in that photo of you - it looks like you're plugged into the outlet behind you!
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