This expedition report is for the 2013 SRA Researcher Expedition held this past September. The researcher expedition was a two day meeting/expedition for the SRA Researchers and Patrons held on private land in Northern Minnesota where we have had encounters with Sasquatches previously.
September 6 through 8, 2013
Number of Attendees
The expedition was held in a mixed woods area with many logged areas, poplar stands, open bogs, and black spruce swamps. The vegetation was very thick in September. Temperatures were very high our first night, but dropped off dramatically on Saturday. This area has a long history of Sasquatch activity.
Please note that there is a lack of photographs in this report. The Patrons who own the property we were on have asked that we do not show pictures of the area needlessly, and I am honoring their wishes.
Friday, September 6
My boys and I arrived at the site around 7:00 PM, meeting up with Eric and Todd. We discussed camp locations a bit and decided that we’d all camp together at a location we lovingly refer to as Heart camp. Heart camp is located deep in the forest between a bog and a black spruce swamp. The area is heavily wooded and very brushy. We have had people camp there in the past and have always had activity at that site. We drove down to the camp where Todd and Eric had already pitched their tents. I decided to pitch mine about a hundred yards down the trail from them, around the north curve of the swamp.
The boys and I set up our tent on the road. Right next to my tent, I found what looked like a possible new sasquatch trail, leading into the swamp. As we were setting up the tent, it was quickly getting dark, so I needed to turn on the headlights of my car to see. As I was walking back to the tent area, I suddenly heard the loud “crack” of a large branch being broken off to the east. It was loud enough that my boys stopped fooling around and took notice. I continued to set up the tent, keeping an eye on the darkening forest around us. As I was nearing completion, the boys were in the tent, giggling. I walked back to the car to get something and heard something to the east of me run to the north taking several pounding, bipedal steps. I stopped and listened, but could hear nothing more. Whatever it was, it was on two feet and was very heavy. I reported the incident to the others via radio and then quickly finished setting up our tent.
We drove back to Heart camp, intending to leave my vehicle there that night and walk back to our tent. One of our patrons had arrived while I was setting camp and had headed out on his own to the South to find his own camp. We set up our chairs by the nice fire Todd and Eric had going and settled in. It wasn’t long before we started hearing footfalls and branch breaks from time to time in the forest around us. There were at least three creatures, one to the north, one to the east, and one to the southwest. At the time, we had no way of knowing what was making the sounds, but they came in fairly close a some points. About that time, Kris and some other Patrons came.
Kris outfitted Todd with a cap mounted thermal with a cable-connected recorder. While the rest of us sat around the fire talking, Todd walked down the road a short distance, from where he spotted a round shape giving off heat in the trees. He called Kris over, but Kris couldn’t find it in the thermal. Todd took the thermal back and Kris instructed him that if he saw it again to just watch it as the thermal was recording. About that time, I began playing my native flute, something that has seemed to attract sasquatches in the past. Todd watched as the round shape began moving toward the camp, fluidly without bobbing. It stopped about 50 feet to the north of me. Todd came to me at that point and told me what he had seen, trying to get a view from another vantage, but couldn’t find it. When he returned to the spot he had been earlier he saw it again as it moved back away from camp to its original position. From there, it faded from view, presumably stepping back into the brush.
We were all very excited to hear what Todd had seen, expecting that we had it recorded. Not long after that, the activity around us died down and we went to bed with no further incidents that night.
Saturday, September 7
That morning we eagerly checked the footage from the previous night, only to find that there was no footage. The cord connecting the thermal to the recorder had malfunctioned and nothing was recorded. This is something that I have experienced several times in the years I’ve been researching. Most thermals, especially those under $4000, do not have the capability to record. In order to record the images, you need to connect them to a recorder of some sort, usually via a rather fragile cable connection. These connections are not very robust and tend to break down in the field, a lot. It is very frustrating.
After that disappointment, we all split up and went hiking throughout the area. We found trails and other possible sign, but nothing conclusive. Todd and Eric checked out the path of the object he saw the previous night. They found that the object he saw was over eight feet off the ground. There was a screen of brush between Todd and the creature that was eight feet tall and ran along the road. The only way Todd would have seen it is if it was taller than eight feet. When I got back to camp, I helped in the investigation. We found the spot where it stopped and watched me play. The top of it was at about nine and a half feet. I also found a few scuffs in the leaf duff where it had walked. The ground was not right for leaving good tracks, but it did appear that something with large feet had walked there recently.
We remained at camp that evening with hopes that it would return. It did not, and we had a quiet but enjoyable evening of camping.
Sunday, September 8
The next morning, everyone left save for the boys and I. After packing up, I got the kids in the car and went through my usual gifting routine where-by I leave apples at several spots in the area. When I left the ones by camp, I had a feeling that I wasn’t alone and I could hear something large shifting in the brush to the southwest of camp. I left the apples, thanked them for their hospitality, and we left them in peace.
Audio Interview with Todd
After the expedition, I recorded the following interview with Todd about what he saw through the thermal:
We had a great expedition. I firmly believe that Todd witnessed the head of a large sasquatch as it walked behind cover up to our camp and back again. Short of some sort of paranormal explanation, I can think of nothing else that fits what he saw.
One thing we seriously need to fix is the connection issues that we have with thermal equipment. To that end, the SRA is currently saving funds toward the acquisition of a thermal camera with integrated recording capabilities.