First Photos of Bigfoot, California's Legendary "Abominable Snowman"
By Ivan T. Sanderson
Argosy Magazine, February 1968 vol. 69
At three-thirty p.m. on the twentieth of October last year, two young men, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were "packing" it on horseback into one of the last remaining great wilderness areas, northeast of Eureka, California. Their saddlebags contained, on one side, rifles and grub and, on the other, ready-loaded movie and still cameras and other equipment. They were following a creek, which had been washed out two years ago in the terrible floods that devastated most of northern California.
This was twenty miles beyond the end of an access road for logging and about thirty-five miles in from the nearest and only blacktop road in this vast, as yet not fully mapped area of National Forest. i have been up this Bluff Creek and, as a botanist; I can tell you that it is rugged-four layers or tiers of trees, the tallest up to 200 feet, and dense undergrowth. Also, the terrain goes up and down in a gigantic saw tooth.
Roger and Bob rounded a sharp bend in the sandy arroyo of the creek. Then it happened. The horses reared suddenly in alarm and threw both riders. Luckily, Roger fell off to the right and, being an experienced horseman, disengaged himself and grabbed his camera. Why? Because he had spotted what had turned their horses into mad broncos. About 100 feet ahead, on the other side of the creek bed, there was a huge hairy creature that walked like a man.
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