Tracking the New York State Bigfoot



In early May of last year on a week day, I hiked out to a small pond in a remote corner of Adirondack State park. The snow had not been melted for very long at all and the trail was very wet. The last people to sign the log book at the trail head had been cross-country skiers. It was slow going on the soggy trail, mud coated my boots in thick clumps. There was apparently a detour on the last leg of the trail, but the marker appeared wrong. It said .8 miles to the lake, or something like that. I remember it taking forever. So when I finally got to the lake, in frustration I yelled out, “Point eight miles my ass!”

Just then I heard a huge noise, like a large rock being thrown against a boulder. It was unmistakable and made a loud reverberating bang. . The glaciers retreated from this area after the Ice Age leaving the area strewn with huge boulders. Many are the size of houses; so large you can practice rock climbing moves on them. They are often overgrown with moss and have trees growing on them, and some even have little caves.

I was startled by the noise and looked around to see what could have caused it, but a search confirmed that I was alone. I was taken a bit aback by it. I continued my walk down to the lean-to by the lake and was pleased to see a pair of loons right by the shore. Distracted, I forgot a while about the sound I had heard.

This happened last summer while I was working as an organic gardener. Every chance I got I would hike in the woods, eschewing well-worn trails in favor of bushwhacking my way from point A to point B. On two more occasions in remote stretches of woods, I would suddenly hear a loud “Whack!” of a large stick (or a small log) being whacked against a tree, with amazing force. To describe it the best I can, common sense would dictate that possibly I was hearing a deer or a bird knocking over a log resting against a tree as they fled my arrival, but that was not the sound. The sound was of somebody swing a log against a tree like it were a baseball bat, as hard as they could. We are talking about a really loud noise. Incongruously loud. Everything would be quiet and then “Whack!” No other sounds preceded it or followed it.

By the third time, I had the distinct impression that what I was hearing was some kind of signal. Others have witnessed similar phenomenon. They have dubbed it “tree knocking”.

I believe what I heard may actually be a vocalization. I did not know it at the time, but what I heard was completely consistent with others who have had the same experience. The knocks are a signal and each knock represents the number of humans in the group. I was alone each time I heard a knock and heard only one knock.

This is pretty amazing to me to read about other people having the exact same experience as me of this sound occurring in the exact same way. I had not heard of tree knocking until a week or so ago, while doing research for this article.

Whenever I tell anyone I grew up in New York State, I often hear things, “Wow, New York. What was it like living in the big Apple? Have you ever been to the Empire State Building?” There seems to be a kind of disconnect where people hear “New York city” and no matter what I say for the first few sentences they think of the city until it finally sinks in that I grew up in a fairly rural area.

New York State actually borders on Canada and contains the largest protected wild area in the lower 48 states, believe it or not. Adirondack State Park covers some 6.1 million acres, a land area roughly the size of Vermont and greater than the National Parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains combined.

There is an ancient mountain range in the middle of this park that contains parcels of land that quite possibly, even up to this present day, human beings have yet to set foot on. That might sound surprising, since the park is visited by an estimated seven to ten million tourists per year. However, one interesting idiosyncrasy of Adirondack Park is that nearly one half of the land there is privately owned; much of it by Timber companies, but also in private hunting preserves and other concerns that keep most people out and maintain the land in a wild, nearly pristine state.

In the Adirondacks, certain areas of the park such as the High Peaks region are frequented more that others. The southerwestern areas of the park, in contrast, receive comparatively few visitors. (It could be that since it’s not as mountainous it’s less popular with tourists.) This area is the rich in biodiversity and comprises the oldest portion of land set aside when the park was first formed in 1885. Since then there has been no logging in these areas of the park and the land has been allowed to revert to a nearly primordial, state; some patches even contain the original old growth forests. There are many remote lakes and rivers in this region, and there are healthy populations of black bears and white tailed deer. This region has also had sightings of mountain lions. Some residents of the Park believe that populations of the big cat still exist here, surviving the extermination they experienced elsewhere in the northeast in the 20th century.

I have recently moved back to the mountains of upstate New York, to return to the same gardening gig I did last summer. I am doing 20 hours a week of gardening for room and board. Just outside my back door are six million acres of wilderness, and in my spare time I plan to look for Sasquatch. There have been many sightings in the area.

Last year I attended Bigfoot talk in the Woodgate Town Hall and listened to a presentation by a local man named Jack “Adirondack Jack” Leach. He’s serious outdoorsman who has reportedly seen Bigfoot several times and has become a researcher. He strikes me as a no-nonsense type dude, and he’s worked as a hunting and fishing guide in the Adirodacks for over 30 years. Jack has several casts that he has made over the years and a (blurry) camera trap photo. After the presentation, several people in the audience shared their encounters and sightings. Hearing theseaccounts had a powerful effect on me. It’s one thing to read stuff on the internet and watch clips on YouTube, but it’s quite another to witness normal, everyday people who live and work in the area sharing what they have experienced.

I shared my own encounter: The one about the rock being thrown. I still had not heard about tree-knocking, but Jack shared his experience of having several boulders thrown his way and advised me if I were ever to experience that again, the best thing to do would be to exit the area.

I went on an excursion this weekend, Jack’s advice echoing in my head. Some Bigfoot encounters in this area have been hostile and aggressive,  but I will say this: If you are entering the North Woods and worried about attacked by Bigfoot, don’t bring a gun – bring a camera. You will be perfectly safe! You won’t see anything! Take it from me! I had two cameras with me Saturday and didn’t see or hear anything. In contrast, during my last three experiences I had nothing of the sort with me.

These experiences have shaped both how I’ll conduct my research, and how I envision Sasquatch as a whole. I’ve come to the conclusion that people who think of Bigfoot as an upright, walking ape of some sort have it wrong: Bigfoot is superior to us.

It is superior to because it is the native inhabitant of Mother Earth and we are aliens. We aren’t straight-up aliens, we are alien hybrids. An alien life form has infected our civilization with its parasitic memes. We are like those Zombie ants, but we’re infected with mind parasites, not brain parasites: I’m talking software – memes, archetypes. Now that we’ve been infected, we comprise these entities’ “extended phenotype”, not just individually, but collectively. (Perhaps the people who have escaped these parasites are the Sentineli of Sentinel island. They appear to be the only truly uncontacted, uncontaminated hunter gatherer tribe left.)

As an infected species, we have become disconnected from the Earth. Instead of serving our own interests – biologically, socially, ecologically – we are serving  the interests of the parasite.

When we stray off into the woods we are in a sense entering an alien environment that should be our native habitat, but its not. We have become alienated from it. The contrast is more apparent when we enter the ocean as scuba divers, donning all this complicated gear and extraneous oxygen, but we are almost the same way when we go into the woods. We bring food, clothing and shelter  from our artificial environment into the natural environment. Our feet are too tender to connect with the Earth, so we insulate them from the ground with layers of cotton, rubber and other materials.  The sun burns our tender skin so we wear sun block. We carry tents and implements to prepare food raised under artificial conditions, produced in factories and wrapped in colorful plastic.

We are all parasitized by this Alien intelligence, but its a matter of degrees. As a white person, I can clearly say white people are more parasitized by this entity than other ethnic groups and it also seems to bother a lot of us more. Other ethnicties don’t seem to feel such a strong need to camp.

It would be a mistake to say that all the indigenous people everywhere are, or historically have been, completely at one with their environment. Its a romantic idea to believe that, but I don’t think its completely true. The Native Americans saw Sasquatch, and they had shamans who acted as a bridge between their societies and the natural world,  so I think they were disconnected too because If you have a place in society for healers – for people acting as a bridge between worlds – that implies a rift. The experience, of the Natives was mediated through technological culture also. Its wasn’t so raw and unmediated as we might imagine. They were moccasins, clothing, ate cultivated food and used symbols and technology. In listening to Native American fables you get the impression that the average Native American back in the day had almost a secular materialist outlook. The teacher again and again calls that mindset into question, reminding the listener of the importance of the spirit world and the plants and animals.

There were parts of the wilderness the natives would not often go, but when they did they would would encounter Sasquatch.

Sasquatch is a teacher. Sasquatch is a potentiality. They are big, strong, dominant and completely at one with their environment. They are the biggest, strongest thing around, and even dogs fear them. They walk upright and appear intelligent, and even seem to have psychic powers, yet they are naked and barefoot. They don’t wear pelts or other clothing. They are covered not in fur, but  but long human hair. This is consistent in the sightings. Every other creature in the forest seems to respect them, so they are at the Apex. They seem to have dominion over the natural world, yet seem to be completely without technology.

The Sasquatch in this area seem slightly smaller than the ones regularly sighted in the Pacific Northwest They are described as seven feet tal,l whereas the Western Sasquatch are often described as over eight feet tall. This would make sense since the other large mammals are also slightly smaller out here, such as moose.

I think They might be of a different but closely related tribe as the Western Sasquatch or Skookum. That is the view I ascribe to: Sasquatch as a non-human tribe. Not animals but not human either. I think we share a common ancestor, but around 30,000 years ago or so humans decided to go down the path of technological culture such as using Fire, symbolism and Agriculture (which Jared Diamond has described as The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race), and the Sasquatch decided to live at peace with its environment and develop the power of their minds.

So I am trying a new approach: one of humility and of reaching out in friendship. If I encounter a Sasquatch I will think of it not as a scientific find but a blessing. I will take no photos, but be ready to listen and to learn what they have to teach.

16 Comments on "Tracking the New York State Bigfoot"

  1. interesting theories. I think you might be on to something. I think perhaps the “aliens” we are hybridized with are literal parasites. I also think many entheogens such as peyote, ayahuasca and morning glories kill parasites and reduce the influence of them. I take wormwood, cloves and black walnut a few times a year, too, to reduce the influence of parasites. The parasites affect us in such a way so as to crave foods and a lifestyle that will cause them to proliferate. This is a physical, psychological, and spiritual battle we must wage. Don Miguel Ruiz who writes the famous 4 Agreements speaks of them quite plainly. You seem to suggest that these parasites are solely mental or psychological. But I think they may be on multiple planes of existence. For example, Toxoplasmosis gondii effects mind and body and perhaps even soul. Perhaps there is a reason witches like cats and can travel out of their body having relations w/ the reptilian overlord. Or maybe that’s a bit much 😉

    • Matt Staggs | Jun 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm |

      Too much is never too much here. Speak your mind. Take your shoes and cognitive filters off and sit a spell…

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jun 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    Sasquatch is the boss of the mountain. I wouldn’t discount the possibility of their having some sort of psychic power, given the incredible fear they have been known to invoke in some encounters. Some people have described themselves breaking down and weeping during close encounters, for no readily apparent reason.

    • Matt Staggs | Jun 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

      Lo! Mastodon has spoken of this:

    • Ted Heistman | Jun 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm |

      Yeah, that is really common. That happens to people out here as well. Its very consistent with the experiences. I am interviewing a guy in NY and also a guy out in Oregaon who believes they are tribe of people that are very intelligent but co-evolved along with homo sapiens but instead of perfecting tool use they evolved a way of focusing energy with their minds.

  3. Bruteloop | Jun 21, 2013 at 3:28 pm |

    Great post and…oh, do I envy you that wilderness on your doorstep. No sasquatch in central London. Check out this bloke…he seems to come at it from a similar angle and, if real and no hoax, is getting some fascinating results in the form of audio and small, intricately woven gifts left. That;s woven foliage incidentally. Sasquatch don’t knit.

    • Ted Heistman | Jun 22, 2013 at 8:33 am |

      Yeah, I am cautiously open minded yet guarded with this guy. I tend to think Sasquatch is more intelligent than humans, not slightly less intelligent, which seems to be the picture he is painting. The Indians around the Seattle area called the Sasquatch the “Seatco Indians” and said they were 7 to 8 feet tall and covered with hair and knew all the languages of the local Indian tribes and could imitate all the bird calls and possessed magical powers.

      I like that view the best because they seem to be not only more adept than animals at NOT being photographed, they seem more adept than people. So my deduction was they must be MORE intelligent than modern humans. Asuming of course that they exist.

      I also think possibly this guy is interacting with an adolescent saquatch, you know like a teen. The foot prints are not especially large.

  4. Interesting topics. I do not agree with everything, but I enjoyed reading. This has given me some things to think about. Thanks for sharing.

  5. heres an idea. just like some people believe grey aliens are humans evolved to the point of time travel and all that, perhaps so is the sasquatch. but the sasquatch chose a non-manipulative, non technological way of life, and maybe he came to teach those who might embrace such a way. ever heard of the Hopi god/teacher named Massa’u?(not sure how to spell). He had an interesting appearance and taught the Hopi how to live simple and gave them some prophecies circa 1000 AD. I think he may have been Jesus come to teach native Americans (Massa’u=Messiah). Maybe he was a type of Sasquatch. Or maybe Jesus is Sasquatch, too.
    too much, again?

  6. This is resonating particularly strongly with the book I am reading at the moment called ‘Shikasta,’ by Doris Lessing. Blowing my mind somewhat.

    I really enjoy reading your posts, you have a very unique viewpoint.

    • Ted Heistman | Jun 23, 2013 at 10:40 am |

      Thanks. I am gravitating toward the Native American viewpoint basically, which like the Native Americans themselves is pretty diverse, but the basic idea is that they are big hairy people with mysterious powers.

  7. Mitchell F. | Jun 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm |

    Wow..Had to stop reading when I found out that human beings are not native inhabitants of the Earth. When I found out that we are different from, every other ethnic group I thought how unlucky can a guy be…. A non-native inhabitant that happens to be a whitey! Man we should just all shoot ourselves so that all of the natural species and the deserving ethnic groups on this planet can live without being influenced by a unnatural alien inhabitant of this world. We are not natural so we should not be here.

  8. swamptrotter | Aug 20, 2014 at 9:23 am |

    A personal experience back in the mid ’70s in northwest Jersey (back in the days when we had woods and clean water) taught me quite a bit about Sasquatch before I had ever read one word about them. I believe they bury their dead just as Mt. Gorillas do. I believe they can communicate telepathically and they smell and/or see us long before we smell or see them. They more often than not smell the human smell on trail cams and silly scientists and bigfoot hunters always wonder why they don’t get any pictures. And I believe they migrate to get away from harsh winters and overly hot summers and to follow food. I believe they eat mostly a plant based diet and will fatten up when apples and berries ripen. Because the woods around old farmland often contain berries and apple trees gone wild, there is plenty of food. If you do find scat, you won’t recognize it for what it is because it’s so close to bear scat but stinks far worse; like human feces. They aren’t “smarter” than us. They simply haven’t gone stupid like us. We have become a race of idiots who think we need to find this fellow traveler so we can kill them, put them in zoos or “study” them. Like actually knowing they do exist will somehow make us happier. Leave them alone. They’ve been here longer than we have and this is their home.

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