On November 27th, 28th and 29th ofÂ 2009, Rick Noffke and his son Jack and I investigated an area in NE Iowa. We had quite a bit of success that weekend, with Jack observing a sasquatch sneaking a peak at him at one of our locations on Friday night. During the day on Saturday we heard and recorded return knocks a few times while hiking at another location. There was a lot of activity overall.
On Sunday morning at around 1:30 a.m. we burned some sulfur sticks in our campfire. We had been experimenting with sulfur as an attractant the night before, and have continued the practice with some success. Sparklers work as well, and recent experience tells me that burning creosote logs in a campfire may also attract the attention of sasquatch.
At around 2:00 a.m. Rick started playing a loop recording of a baby crying. We had the “baby” set up in a separate tent. It was loud enough to be heard for some distance. Because Rick has two children the recording kept him up all night. I slept through it, and you can hear my snoring. In this sound file all of the activity takes place in the left channel. At 0:22 there is what sounds like a wood knock. Many probable wood knocks were recorded that night.Â What I findÂ interestingÂ are the whistles! At 1:15 a faint whistle can be heard. At 1:29 another whistle is heard, perhaps just a little closer than the first. Between 1:50 and 1:55 two whistles can be heard from fairly close by. The whistles came toward our campsite from the south, probably along aÂ parkÂ road or crossing a small field.
Here is a photo taken on Sunday morning of Rick reenacting Jack’s sighting from Friday night. The moon was bright that night, and lit up the sky behind the figure. Jack’s description, and the way the event unfolded were extremely convincing. We’ve observed a great deal of activity in this location over the last three years.
November 8, 2010
Attached are two sound files from very early Monday morning, November 8, 2010.Â ThisÂ was the beginning of the last dayÂ of a five day mini-expedition that I organized inÂ northeast Iowa. There is a river about a quarter of a mile away to the east, and a tall wooded hill to the west.
The first file is of a rock (or two) hitting the ground near my tent at about 2:10 a.m. The second is rock clacking, recorded about fifteen minutes later.Â Monongahela listened to these and noted that there were some tapping sounds after the rock clacking that he has come to associate with sasquatch activity in some of his own recordings.
These were recorded with an Olympus LS-10 with a 9 voltÂ Sound Professionals pre-amp poweringÂ a pair of small omni-directional mics. I hadÂ the low cut filter off, andÂ mic sensitivity set to high.Â The mic level was manually set to 10 on the recorder, and the pre-amp was set to full volume, high sensitivity.Â This is my typical setup.
This photo is the river setting, due east of the rock clacking and rock hitting the ground recordings.
I keep everything in a GoLite HydroCruise Lumbar Pack with the mics clipped to the outside of the pack, on opposite sides of the pack, facing in oppositeÂ directions, in an attempt to replicate natural human aural stereo separation. For this recording the pack was strapped about five feet up on a tree just inside timber at the edge of a campground, at the bottom of a hill, facing eastÂ into the campground. I was camped about ten or twelve feet southeast of the recorder. So the rock(s) hitting the ground, which apparently targeted my tent,Â can be heard in the right channel, as can the rock clacking a few minutes later which sounds like it comes from further to the right. I slept through the activity.
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