Les Stroud (born October 20, 1961) is a Canadian survival expert, filmmaker and musician best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, cameraman and host of the television series Survivorman.
Les Stroud and the guys will kick off the Holiday Season 2016 with a dedicated podcast to the military forces in both the United States and Canada. Of all the guests we have ever interviewed, Les is very unique as he has spent a lot of time as a survival instructor in the bush. We were pleased Les took the time to meet with the guys, and while many of his experiences are well documented, it was this interview that really ripped the "band-aid" off in regards to beings a sounding board on the topic.
Les and the guys discuss many topics including the Scale of Believability, Survivorman Bigfoot, His time in Music, and All things Sasquatch.
Les is one of the most influential folks of our time in the world of Survival. Les has walked the walk, and talks the talk, and having Les's knowledge of survival and extended time in the bush leads credence to his investigative work on this field, and we really appreciate's Les's views on the subject.
Les has a keen familiarity with Dead Fall, Tree Fall, Animals, Animal Sounds, Game Trails,. Camera Traps, Tracking and Survival.
Les has traveled the world and has survived in climates in-hospitable to most, Les brings a unique perspective on all things Sasquatch!~
So join us this holiday season, and enjoy this years Holiday Special 2016.
By Paul Bruton,
Co-Founder - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
Ready for your first Encounter?
For those born and raised in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of fog-shrouded mountains, glacial rivers and evergreen forests, there’s a good chance that they learned about Sasquatch at a very early age.
Some will go on to have encounters with the shy giants and others will dismiss them as mere tall-tales of local folklore and mythology. The brave few will embrace the possibility of Sasquatch existence and actively seek out their own personal experience.
If you fall into the latter category, it’s worth a drive up the Fraser River Valley ninety minutes east of Vancouver British Columbia. The area around Sasquatch Provincial Park and Harrison Lake has had numerous sightings over the past century and Sasquatch is deeply en-grained in the local Sts’ailes First Nation tribe’s tradition and storytelling. The historical odds of a successful encounter do not get better than here.
Few areas in the world have so completely embraced Sasquatch and incorporate the giant hominid’s name in all walks of life as in the town of Harrison Lake Hot Springs. To get to the popular lakeside resort, you will need to hop on BC Highway 7, affectionately known as “The Sasquatch Highway” on the north side of the Fraser River. A quick search upon arrival in town will point you to a number of dining, lodging and recreation opportunities bearing the Sasquatch name.
One of the most popular activities in Harrison Hot Springs is the Sasquatch Days festival held every June since 1938. The event incorporates salmon barbecues, medicine walks, canoe races, and intercultural sharing with the various Sts’ailes tribal bands in the region.
During the festival, take advantage of the summer dry season for a camping excursion and a chance at spotting the nocturnal giant in the adjacent 3000 acre Sasquatch Provincial Park.
The park, originally created as Green Point Park in 1959, was renamed Sasquatch Provincial Park in 1968 after the numerous sightings reported in the area. If a winter ski and snowboard trip is more up your alley, make the 5 mile trip out of town to Sasquatch Mountain Resort and keep your eye out for footprints in the snow. The Sts’ailes people have petroglyphs on Sasquatch Mountain using red ocher pigment dating back 3,000 7,000 years.
History buffs will want to make the short drive up river to Ruby Creek. This small town is home to one of the most famous Sasquatch sightings in the Fraser Valley and put the area on the map as a hotbed of cryptid activity. In the fall of 1941 First Nations tribal member, Jeannie Chapman, emerged from her cabin in mid-afternoon to hear her children playing outside frightened by an unknown animal. Jeannie scanned the property and saw a large hairy man approximately seven to eight feet tall on the edge of the property. The creature then entered the family’s shed and tore apart a barrel storing salted salmon, devouring and scattering the fish across the property. When her husband George arrived home early that evening after work, he immediately noted the large footprints up to sixteen inches in length next to the structures on the Chapman Cabin 1941 property. A deputy sheriff from across the U.S. – Canada border in Bellingham Washington was called over to investigate the incident. This is one of the only cases where international law enforcement has investigated a Sasquatch sighting.
Sheriff Sketch 1941 - Bellingham, WA
After investigating the Ruby Creek incident, head further east to the small town of Hope B.C. This town has had several sightings at the local garbage dump where individual Sasquatch and even families have been seen scavenging for food. Some have reacted to the sightings as merely being mistaken for bears. But to those who have witnessed the way the animals walked with human-like gaits on two feet, there is no confusion. For a fascinating interview with a local Hope resident who has had multiple encounters, check out the Sasquatch Syndicate Podcast episode with Chuck Geveshausen.
Whether you’re a Sasquatch skeptic or true believer, the Fraser River Valley offers an excellent opportunity to learn about native tradition and folklore as well as reported first hand sightings. The Harrison Lake Hot Springs tourism department even offers tips on either avoiding Sasquatch due to Sosantoglitaphobia (Fear of Sasquatch) or what to do if you have an encounter. The important thing during all visits to the area is to stay calm, enjoy the surroundings, and most importantly!
Research Writer, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
Every child attending the American public school system learns of the extraordinary journey undertaken by the Corp of Discovery team under the guidance of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The exploratory steps into the unknown started in 1804 from Camp Dubois at confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and returned from Fort Clatsop on the mouth of the Columbia River at the Pacific Ocean in 1806. The expedition was put in motion in 1803 by President Thomas Jefferson after negotiating the Louisiana Purchase territory from France.
The land purchase included 812,000 square miles or 512 million acres for a price of $15 million dollars, nearly doubling the size of the United States. The political and cultural ramifications of the purchase and its effect on Native American tribes can be debated, but the economic impact to the United States today makes it one of the greatest land deals in history. The original purchase price of $15 million dollars equates to approximately $320 million adjusted for inflation. The true return on investment for the land and natural resource extraction potential is estimated to be worth well over $1 trillion dollars today.
President Jefferson’s instructions to the thirty three member expedition was to:
1) Determine the existence of a navigable waterway to the Pacific Ocean.
2) Examine the natural resource potential of the land.
3) Evaluate new unknown crop and food sources, and curiously.
4) To document “the animals of the country generally, & especially those not known in the U.S. The remains & accounts of any which may be deemed rare or extinct”. As requested Lewis and Clark kept meticulous journals and had several other members record their observations as well. These journals provided a wealth of knowledge to the public at the time and paint a vivid picture of the unspoiled American West in the early 19th century. Their meticulous attention to detail, discipline and organization provided a roadmap for future exploratory endeavors across the globe.
It is surprising then, that the primary leader and planner, Meriwether Lewis, had significant time gaps in his journal entries at the completion of the expedition. There is a near total void in the Lewis journals from May 14th , 1804 near the start of the expedition until April 7th , 1805 when they left their winter camp at Fort Mandan, North Dakota. The other large gap occurred from August 26, 1805 to January 1, 1806 while traveling over the Continental divide and down the Columbia River in Oregon country. There are numerous theories on the reason for the missing journals. Was Lewis simply lazy and stopped writing? Were the journals lost during an accident on the rivers? Or was there a more sinister, purposeful reason for the lapse in official documentation?
The latter theory is explored by Chuck Geveshausen, and Eric Penz, author of the historical fiction novel, Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis and Clark during the October 2016 Podcast. The book explores the idea that Lewis did keep meticulous record of his journey but that on their return, it was President Jefferson that omitted the entries and various specimen collections from public record. The premise is that the expedition team had hunted Sasquatch and brought back proof of its existence. Jefferson feared that the public was not yet ready to learn of Sasquatch existence and he worried that commerce and trade in his newly acquired American West would suffer from lack of investment and enthusiasm. The book explores further to suggest that this government censorship and Sasquatch eradication continues today.
It is odd that there is no mention of Sasquatch folklore or legends being passed along to the expedition by the native tribes encountered along the way in any of the journals. The Corp of Discovery passed through and interacted with at least 50 separate tribes and the majority have very similar versions of large, hairy beasts in their cultures. The last half of the route from the Rockies through the Pacific Northwest also has some the highest concentrations of sightings in modern times. The idea that the government may be involved in covering up the existence of Sasquatch may be too far a stretch for some, but one only has to look at other government misinformation acts over the years.
From an article penned by Dr. Jeff Meldrum: “Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals of passing over mountains said to be inhabited by fierce giants, more akin to bears than people, known as the ‘people who wear no moccasins.’ These giants dwelt in caves and among the rocky crags ‘feeding on roots and the flesh of such horses they could take or steal from those who passed through their territory.'”
With continued engagement and presentation of credible scientific observations, we in the private sector can advance necessary changes in perception and create true Sasquatch belief within the public community and demand transparency from government organizations.
Private citizens have made advances in getting Sasquatch existence into acceptance at the legal level as well. In 1969 Skamania County, Washington made it a felony to kill Sasquatch punishable up to $10,000 dollars and five years in prison. The ordinance was subsequently downgraded to a gross misdemeanor in 1984, however it created a one million acre refuge. Whatcom County, Washington also passed a similar refuge bill declaring the entire county a Sasquatch refuge in 1991.
By Kevin Weberling,
Research Writer - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
The First Annual IBC
The International Bigfoot Conference (IBC) is an annual symposium which brings together the top scholars, researchers, and professional investigators studying the potential existence of Sasquatch and similar cryptids in North America and around the world.
2016 was the inaugural year, for the event and we were pleased to attend. For those that took photo's those are available via the All Access subscription and it should bring back some wonderful conference memories.
The IBC was initially hosted by Russ Accord and a peer to not be mentioned, but later co-hosting was moved to Bob Gimlin, in light of events that surfaced during the conference.
Sasquatch Syndicate was pleased to attend the conference. We met so many wonderful people and had just an amazing time over the three day weekend.
Special thanks to all of the folks at the IBC that made the event a success:
and countless others at the Tri City Convention Center.......
The Louisiana Swamp Monster
Creatures that dwell deep in the forest or lurk in swamps, tend to be a thing that we hope exists only in our nightmares. With glowing eyes, claws-for-paws and a stench that could drop a room, they are not the kind of creatures you want to stumble upon. And the Louisiana Swamp Monster is no exception. As one of the most popular Louisiana cryptids, it is most often associated with legends of the Rougarou. This infamous monster has ties to French, Cajun and Metis legends that speak of otherworldly abilities and terrifying tales and these creatures may or may not be lurking around the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
Are they the same being?
Traditional Cajun folklore legend says that the Rougarou is a werewolf-like half man, half wolf creature. It lurks around the swampland in Louisiana with razor-sharp teeth and glowing eyes. Their victims are most often touted as those that venture too far into the swampland as well as those that don’t follow the rules.
The term Rougarou derives from the term “loup garou” which means werewolf in French. Tales of these creatures are said to have been brought to Louisiana by French-Canadian settlers. Traditionally, stories of the Louisiana Rougarou have been used as a warning for children who misbehave or Catholics who opt to not practice Lent for seven years in a row. Both infractions are said to put you at risk for becoming one of these monsters.
Other cultures have variations on the classic Rougarou monster lore, such as a shapeshifter, found in Metis culture, that can take on the appearance of a wolf in-line with Cree legends. These creatures are said to be men either possessed by evil or those that have offended the Creator.
Whichever lore you subscribe to, what might be the scariest factor is that all you have to do is lock eyes with one and you could end up as a terrifying creature yourself. Thankfully, there is a cure. The curse can be lifted—or more transferred from one to another. An uninfected person can cut the Rougarou and draw their blood, then the curse transfers to them with the previously infected returning to its original human form.
Perhaps warding off the monster is the best course of action. Rougarou legend say that these creatures can’t count past 12, so 13 rocks or pennies left on your doorstep or windowsill will trip them up. They’ll just have to stop and count them, and in frustration will eventually retreat back to their swamp.
Sasquatch Swamp Monster
The appearance of the Rougarou shows similarities to Sasquatch, specifically in the case of the Honey Island Swamp Monster. Standing at seven feet tall and moving bipedal with yellow or red eyes, grey hair and the overwhelming reek of death, this monster is often called the Louisiana Bigfoot.
It’s said that you’ll find this creature dwelling in the swampland of Honey Island, Louisiana. That’s where Harlan Ford was in the 1960s when he claimed to have captured an image of this Louisiana Swamp Monster while photographing wildlife. But one encounter wasn’t enough, Ford spent almost a decade looking for the creature and evidence of its existence. And its presence gained national fame when Ford and a friend, Billy Mills, discovered footprints (with only four toes) they attributed to it.
While local tour group owners say they’ve never set eyes on the Honey Island Swamp Monster, brave souls still venture out into the swamp to see if they can spot one. And whether the Louisiana Swamp Monster is a Rougarou, Bigfoot or some variation of the two, they should count themselves lucky that they’re unlikely to spot one.
For an interesting interview with a gentleman in Lousiana please check out our August 2016 Podcast.
By Tae Haahr,
Research Writer - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
Is there a relationship?
Orbs are a controversial but common paranormal phenomena.
While they vary in shape, size and color, they are understood to be the manifestation of energy patterns experienced in person or captured with a camera.
They are said to carry different kinds of energy, with some of the leading beliefs being:
● Ghosts often appearing in haunted places
● Angelic entities often appearing at gatherings with a spiritual presence (i.e. weddings)
● Personal auras often seen hovering around people
Orbs are also most often reported to be visible at night, possibly because they are easier to see. And are often, but not exclusively, found outdoors.
The color it appears can also change the meaning of the orb, for example:
● A white or silver colored orb could be representative of a connection to a higher source or the spirit of a ghost that is still trapped on this plane.
● A true red orb could represent the Archangel Metatron.
● A black or brown orb could represent heavy or dark energy, but isn’t necessarily indicative of evil. Or it could symbolize a person as having a strong earth connection.
● A pink orb could be a messenger of love representing that a teacher, guide or deceased loved one is standing guard.
The truth is that there is no universal guide to what each orb means, nor what the color represents. They are the true manifestation of “in the eye of the beholder.”
The Case against Orbs
But the validity of orbs is up for discussion.
Dissenters argue that orbs are a visual trick. The introduction of digital cameras has made this more complex. Instead they’re explained as being airborne dust, insects or droplets. Which makes sense because when taking a picture, if an object sits between the focal point of the lens and the flash, the result is a semi-transparent blob of light.
But both could be true. And a few possible ways to differentiate could be if:
● It appears to have its own light source
● It pulsates or has contrails
● You can see it with the naked eye
● It moves deliberately
But what do orbs have to do with Sasquatch?
Sasquatch and Orbs
Sasquatch encounters are often associated with the presence of orbs. These diffused balls of light appear before, after or even during the sighting and it’s thought that they could be a manifestation of its presence.
Some believe that Sasquatch travels across the multiverse in the form of an orb. These beings would appear in the forest or natural environments as unexplained forms of visible light.
By Tae Haahr,
Research Writer - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
The Alien Connection
For many years, researchers and enthusiasts in the Scientific Community have exhausted many avenues of Ape and Relic Humanoid theory without resolution.
As a result of striking out, many die-hard flesh and blood theorists, are crossing over to the edge of the scientific community trying to find something that helps justify the lack of evidence, and the lack of a body.
This lack of evidence, continues to push the community into other realms of believe-ability including the paranormal "Woo" camp, which by definition is "The science we are yet to understand". While Sasquatch Syndicate is open to all theories, it has been interesting to us, to watch the Sasquatch Community begin to embrace and cross over into theories outside their belief systems to keep the genre alive. After 10 years of Finding Bigfoot finding nothing, there must be some other to way revitalize interest?.. Like you know, getting people to go outside and look for it?
The issue to us is that, at this point, if Sasquatch is an Ape or Relic Hominid, the key is to get folks out in the forest looking, not changing theories to promote conference or TV appearances and book sales. While we at the Syndicate appreciate the cross over and additional theories that keeps the argument going on : Explaining a myth with another myth, is quite the leap as the late René Dahinden would say.
The question as a researcher or enthusiast is do you take the leap? Do you saddle years of hypothetical research and the Scientific Flesh and Blood camp, and take another angle to establish yourself as unique or re-establish yourself in a genre losing interest every year Sasquatch is not discovered?
As a non-profit organization, and while we do promote the research and discovery through various forms of media and entertainment, our goal at the Syndicate is to gain interest in the phenomenon to attach people to the work of research but that research has to be done in the field. Field Research seems like the best way from our perspective
The answer is yes, Sasquatch is and will continue to be Alien until we know where it fits on the Evolutionary Table.
Oh you wanted something more sensational? This is the easiest one, because if Sasquatch was an Ape, we would've caught it by now. If Sasquatch was a relic hominid we would've outsmarted it by now. Besides new dimensions are discovered all the time, but even quantum physics, and string theory only go so far. So then how long do you defend the science we are yet to understand before you grow tired of defending that too and jump on the Alien Side of the equation... I mean seriously folks can we get back to the basics?
For the die-hard researcher about to cross over, just remember the discovery starts with boots on the ground- so before you abandon all your work, and decide on the angle for your next book or movie , you may wish to ask yourself when is the last time you put your boots on the forest floor? But hey, if your not into real research and solving the mystery and just want to be a listening enthusiast well..., that's ok too - perhaps you wish to join us for this month's podcast when we interview Stan Gordon author of the Pennsylvania UFO Casebook.
By Chuck Geveshausen,
Founder - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
Throughout time people have listened to radio and media in a variety of formats. However, surprisingly many of the people we meet everyday do not realize however "how to" listen to podcasts. Don't be embarrassed you are NOT alone. So we thought we would take the time to help everyone on their journey. Please enjoy!~
The first and most common way to listen to podcasts is by using your smart phone or smart device. Many of these devices come with a default listening podcast application. These applications allow you to search for topics you wanted to listen to and save your favorite shows and episodes. In addition, these applications will push notifications to you when new material or seasons are released. So click the application, and do a search for Sasquatch Syndicate and Subscribe - and if you leave a good review don't be surprised if you get a shout out on the show. There are a few apps we recommend however such as Apple's Podcast Application and or if you like third party applications we recommend the application "Overcast".
Surprisingly to some as of 2015, only 22% of the world population own smart phones. Many still are using flip phones or no phone at all and over 80% of the world still have no internet. In these cases many fans pick up the show at work on their computer by using our shows website links.
Website links are a great way to stay up to date at all times, as when shows reshuffle or adjust releases this is the true source using the shows RSS “really simple syndication,” feed to the networks. Sadly however, many networks do not refresh this signal so the source does not always make its way to your ears.
Radio is still the most frequent application the world has access to. Many podcasts are syndicated to the radio networks via outlets and licensing is arranged between the show and to AM/FM broadcast stations. While radio stations still exist, they are becoming fewer and farther between.
As a result, many radio broadcasters have moved to podcasts as a new media source to actually see their work reach the audience, as podcast data is much richer for the creator to see what their listeners are interested in. Shows like Sasquatch Syndicate are available on iHeart Radio and other broadcast media platforms like Soundcloud and Spotify.
Sasquatch Syndicate does not yet have a Youtube Channel, as Podcasts are an Audio Format. While many of the shows out there release their audio episodes, Youtube was intended for Video or Video Log's none as VLOG format. That being said, a video show format is on our 5 year plan so keep checking back and we look forward to moving to video in the coming years.
What's your favorite way to listen? let us know and share your thoughts with our audience. Thanks again for listening!!!
Chuck Geveshausen, Founder
Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.
Sasquatch Syndicate is a Washington State Non-Profit organization promoting the research and discovery of Sasquatch through various forms of entertainment, media, and events.
As a Syndicate our goal is to unite not divide, and ultimately bring groups and individuals together to share all we know about this phenomenon.
Until we have a Sasquatch in a cage to study, Sasquatch Syndicate will remain open to all theories on what this phenomenon is. So whether you believe Sasquatch is an Ape, a relic hominid, a paranormal entity or an alien, we have you covered.
There are footprints in the forest, and something is making them.
So join the Syndicate and explore the mystery!~
By Chuck Geveshausen,
Founder, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.