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With tool under arm, this legendary beast is on a mission.

Fact or fiction — hummm… you decide

Story and photos BY BRAD BRISBINE

My friend Gordy, a biologist, has turned his attention from freshwater dolphins to grizzly bears. He hopes to observe them in the North Cascades. 

Knowing that I’ve backpacked the Cascades for nearly 50 years, he asked me and my brother Jim, a seasoned North Cascades climber, if we’d seen any.

My experience with bears is limited to a charging, roaring, slashing black bear at our campsite — not that unusual. 

Jim reported having seen many black bears of varying color, but said that encountering a grizzly bear in the Washington Cascades is about as likely as spotting Sasquatch.

Sasquatch, yeti, bigfoot, abominable snowman, whatever you want to call it, there have been reported sightings from around the globe. 

Professional biologists typically don’t believe in their existence, due to lack of hard evidence. This piqued my interest, and I realized that I had been on the fence. It would take convincing evidence to get me off that fence. 

Since childhood I’ve carried the memory of a grainy photographic image of a lanky, furry ape-like creature, stealthily on the move, glancing at a perceived threat; presumably man. 

With my modern-day, sharp-lensed camera, if I saw Sasquatch, I should be able to bring back an image that would stand up to scientific scrutiny. 

So, in July I enlisted my nephew Josh Brisbine (safety in numbers), and we prowled around the Cascades looking for the elusive, legendary beast.

I figured that hiking trails frequented by man and bear is not where we would find Sasquatch. It made sense that we needed to venture off the beaten path. 

Although thousands of miles of trails traverse our forests, they actually occupy much less than one percent of forest acreage, explaining why sightings are so rare.

They find ample sustenance in the deep forest, but still need water, so we followed a remote ancient-forest stream, hoping for a sighting. 

Using this technique paid off; I had the rare opportunity to see one in its own wild habitat (we’re the visitor). 

Across the stream, perhaps only 60 feet away, there was all the evidence needed. Glancing my way, I’m quite certain that we made eye contact momentarily. 

Strangely, this was not a scary encounter for either of us — it wasn’t until later that my nerves became jumpy.

I also observed what adds to the explanation of infrequent sightings. This beast, friend or foe, possessed some chameleon-like ability, appearing green in vegetation, but changing to gray when passing through a boulder field. 

Then it occurred to me why most sightings report brown fur —they were mimicking tree bark in dense forest.

Satisfied that I had captured three distinct still photos, I switched my camera to movie mode, wanting to add to the evidence. 

Tragically, when I went to play it back for Josh who had been up ahead and missed the encounter, I hit the wrong button and the movie was erased. 

However, the still images have not been altered in any way using post-processing software, so I’m confident that they will hold up to scrutiny from the scientific community, validating my findings.

Another reason my photos will stand out from past images, is that they may be first to show Sasquatch holding a tool. 

In my photo you can clearly see a silvered-snag carried under his left arm. When I described this to Josh, he explained that being an intelligent primate, Sasquatch could use the wood to whack a rabbit for dinner, or maybe use it for constructing shelter.

When I steel my nerves, I’m going back to the sighting location and look for further evidence; say footprints or hair stuck to twigs or tree bark. 

No GPS tracking, but I did precisely identify the location by walking 50 paces in each of five equal-spaced directions, taking a close-up photograph of the feature there. These landmarks should get me zeroed-in on the exact spot, for future evidence-gathering. 

As you can see for yourself: Sasquatch: mystery solved.

Brad Brisbine is a life-long Wenatchee resident, architect and landscape painter. He lives with his wife Jill and dote on their three cats and horse, Kona.

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  1. Diana Rigelman says:

    Charming article. Hope Mr Brisbine gets another photo opportunity to document Big Foot!

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