The quest to catch a rare glimpse of the sasquatch. Is it in vain or just a matter of the right timing? Everyday we
hear and read the sighting reports. Could he be in your localle? The only way to find out is by going out there. Over the years I have met only a handful of individuals who have devoted a lot of time to this. I have to thank them for helping keep the subject alive. If your localle has stories and credible witnesses
I must clarify my definition of expedition. Trips out into the wilderness do not entail camping over night. Study areas are quite close to my home, usually involving an hour of driving time. It helps to live in an area of the country that is located in the wilderness already. A trip out would start very early in the day and end late at night. Unless the area is far away, then I would be camping.
In this part of Manitoba there have been several sightings over the years, but the Easterville area has the most sightings to date. It is extremely isolated and sparsely populated, located between Lake Winnipegosis and Cedar Lake in Northern Manitoba. The sighting map reflects this concentration of sightings. This area of the province has been flagged for a future expedition. This takes a lot of planning and preparation due to the areas distance from here. This would be a 5 day trip at the least. For now I am concentrating on the south eastern portion of Manitoba.
In the spring of 2003 I began trekking through the bush staying with-in the boundaries of my study areas. I have kept detailed notes of each trip and there have been some oddities we have come across. These locations were extremely remote only accessible by foot. The tools are simple... Compass and 1:20 000 scale ortho satelitte photo to guide me. They say simple is best, besides if you dropped a GPS and it broke you would be up the creek without a back up.
I plan to return to these areas in April / May / June before the bugs get real bad. I will keep the results posted here on the site for 2004.
If you are new to the field or are unsure of the gear to bring here is a basic list...
*Note: Always let someone know where you are going. You may want to leave a map with someone, which has your route on it. Leave a return time as well and never, ever stray off your planned course too far. Anything can happen in the bush. If you plan on going into the middle of nowhere be prepared.*
-tough clothes like a cotton blend. They dry out very quickly.
-bug spray (if you use the stuff)
-Full change of clothes, if you have no choice but to spend the night
-good quality compass with declination adjustment plus a back up
-map or photo with a good scale. 1:20 000 is good
-small first aid kit
-magnesium flares (if they must come looking for you)
-sharp knife, at least a 4 inch blade
-multitool with a saw
-matches sealed in a baggie
-lighter for a back-up
-a few garbage bags. They come in handy when making a spruce lean-to shelter
-and of course food, unless you know what to eat out there.
This may sound like a lot of gear because it is. I have spent hundreds of hours out in the Manitoba wilderness, be it working for a company, or for the simple pleasure of being out there. This equipment can come in handy;anything can happen in the wilderness. This list is compiled from experience. A good rugged canvas backpack should fit it all nicely. It is a given that to walk for many kilometres of bush one would want to be in fairly good physical shape. It is an asset to know how to read the land also (i.e. the direction of scrape marks on the canadian shield, which are north to south).
Anyone interested in joining an expedition is welcome! If you will be in the Eastern Manitoba region drop me a line.