The Yakima Roundup

The Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up will bring together the leading Sasquatch researchers, authors and enthusiasts to discuss the latest in Bigfoot news and evidence analysis.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Dr. John Bindernagel, Bill Munns, Christopher L. Murphy, Cliff Barackman, Ron Morehead and Bob Gimlin will give talks and there will be a tribute banquet to some of the pioneer Bigfoot/Sasquatch researchers.
Join organizers Tom Yamarone and John Kirk, October 10, 11 & 12, 2014 as we celebrate Sasquatch Revealed in Yakima, Washington. For the remainder of the year, the Yakima Valley Museum is hosting this Bigfoot/Sasquatch exhibit, exquisitely displayed, featuring Sasquatch and bigfoot artifacts and rare memorabilia from the collection of Christopher L. Murphy. It is the first time since the inaugural Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up in May 2009 that a Bigfoot/Sasquatch conference has been hosted in the hometown of Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson.

Consider sending a Bigfoot related donation (art, prints, books, t-shirts, mugs, crafts, jewelry, etc) of any kind that could help benefit this cause in return for your name and web link being listed as a Sponsor in the official program for the event. I completely understand that times are tough for a lot of us and totally understand if you can’t do something this time.

Send items or contributions to:
Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up
c/o Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902
attn Jessica Knapp & Tom Yamarone

September 9, 2014Permalink

Bigfooters and Good Vibrations

For the past three years the Fathom Frontiers and I have put on an event we like to call Bigfoot Adventure Weekends. We sign up a bunch of newbies and invite our former attendees for a weekend of Bigfoot Research training.
Each year we have new families and new people and it really has been a very memorable experience for all.

In 2014 we met Hayden Brooks. His mom registered him in December for his Christmas present.
After emailing her several times she revealed that Hayden had Williams Syndrome…she asked if that would be a problem. I discussed this with my partners Alan and Jesse and we decided we were ok with it.

The day arrives and we greet our guests. Hayden took to Momma Bigfoot, Alan and Jesse like we were life long friends.

I entertained the kids as often as I could while Alan and Jesse took care of the adults. Everyone had such a good time.
But Hayden wanted all of our attention. He made us laugh, we took care of his pricker cuts,
and we entertained him and the boys.
We really brought him under our wing and gave him a lot of attention. By the end of the weekend, we were totally in touch with all of our attendees, especially Hayden.

This past week Alan and I had the opportunity to hook up with the cast of Finding Bigfoot. We told Ranae about Hayden. Walter Tippie had brought a Bigfoot footprint cast that he wanted the cast to sign and give to Hayden.
ranae and hayden
Walter and Alan managed to get the whole cast to sign the print.

Then Ranae said, “I want to meet Hayden”.
I phoned Hayden’s mom Kelly and told her we need to work on making this happen. She was in tears.
Today, Hayden met Cliff, Bobo and Ranae. Ranae and the gang came through for our little guy.bobo and haydenhayden and ranae

September 1, 2014Permalink

June 27, 2014

After the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, Walter Tippie missed everyone so badly that he wanted us all to get together for a group camp out at Salt Fork State Park.
Twenty six people in all descended upon Lore City from states as far away as Massachusetts and North Carolina!
On Friday, June 27th, I loaded up the Squatchmobile and drove 2 hours south to Pittsburgh International Airport to pick up Dax Rushlow from Massachusetts. We then headed west to SFSP. When we arrived at our destination, we discovered that we were the first ones there. It was incredibly hot and humid and we were drenched with sweat putting up my tent. I kept unloading the car and Dax wandered the perimeter of the camp. I noticed him squat down staring at the ground, so I yelled out to ask him if he found something. He indicated that he did so I ran over to check it out. Lo and behold was one of the most perfect tracks I had ever seen! I haven’t seen a track this good since the two I found at Hogback Ridge in 2007.
The track measured 16 inches long, 5 inches wide at the heel and 6 inches wide at the ball. We looked around some more and found many more tracks. There was a baby footprint alongside the big ones, 6 inches long by 3 inches wide.

16x6 print
16×6 print
6x6
6×6

We had just been through a week of heavy rain, so we deduced that the prints had to have been made on Wednesday after the rain had stopped and the ground was still soft and wet. OMG! The Bigfoot were there! We also observed the two trails that the creatures had made coming through the brush and lining up exactly where the prints were. The more we looked around the more we found. It was as though the Bigfoot were going from fire ring to fire ring looking for something. I immediately sent a text message to Alan and told him to get his butt here quick!
Within twenty minutes, Walter showed up and we excitedly showed him footprint after footprint. Walter and Dax began casting the prints while I was trying to get a hold of the others.

By 7:30 p.m. almost everyone had their tents set up and were ready to roll! We devised a plan for me to troll the shoreline in my kayak while the group through the woods in an attempt to flush anything to the shore. I left 20 minutes before the rest so I would have time to unload the kayak and paddle to the area we had agreed upon. I had a 2-way radio and only my cell phone for a light. I stayed close to the shoreline because there were other boaters on the lake and I didn’t want to get crashed into since I didn’t have a light (shhhhh) I estimate that I was about 10 feet from the shore, slowly gliding through the darkness, barely making any sound. Suddenly I heard a loud splash about 10 feet behind me and then something huge began RUNNING through the 4 foot deep water! I turned to see what it was but could see nothing in the darkness! Whatever it was did not run back to land so I believe it went under water! Think what you will but if it were a bear or a deer i am sure it would have clamored back to the shore and into the woods. All I know is that it was loud! When I heard the first splash, I assumed it was a fish jumping, but then I realized it was more than that. Have you ever tried running in water? The sound your legs make against the water is something we all are familiar with. It was so dark I couldn’t see anything, but I was very curious! I kept paddling forward and had been out there for about 45 minutes. I kept trying to radio the others to no avail. My arms were getting worn out and since I couldn’t communicate with anyone, I turned around and headed back to the boat ramp. I was finally able to get a hold of them on the phone to tell them I was loading up and heading back.amy and girls
I guess the trail they were taking was longer than we imagined and if I would have held out 15 more minutes they would have met me on the shore.
We all reconvened at the campsite where Robert had kept our fire blazing! We all shared out experiences of the evening. Slowly the groups began to disperse to their tents leaving only Dax, Adrianne and I around the fire. Robert had gone out to do some night hiking. We began hearing something moving around in the brush behind Amy’s tent and she sent me a text message asking if we were walking around her tent. We told her we were still at the fire but could hear something back there. Dax went to the treeline with his FLIR but couldn’t see anything. Adrianne went to bed around 3 a.m. and Dax and I fell asleep around the campfire at about 4 a.m. cot
To Be Continued……

July 1, 2014Permalink