BIGFOOT & CRYPTID SIGHTINGS
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The Wild & Weird CON Incident
at approximately 8:00 PM October 14th 2022 after a detailed safety briefing VIP members of the wild and weird con night investigation led by Jessi Leigh and Joe Doyle from Hellbent Holler, we're entering the pre scouted field area when a power outage hit the entire lodge plunging it into total darkness. The group continued to move into the dark with lights and trail markers leading the way.
. I had accompanied the group along with my wife and Dave Roberts to document the workshop for some future social media spots and to keep an eye on the group. Various stations had been prepared before the event, the group leaders, Hellbent Holler, were allowing members to use various pieces of equipment and get hands-on experience with real world usage. At the parabolic mic station group attendees began to hear what sounded like popping sounds and rustling over a steep ravine. It was at this point I decided to point our new thermal imager in the direction of the sound thinking that I would pick up a deer or bear or some other animal that we could use as part of an ID database.
Instead, I received on the readout a thermal hit on a target that was moving, the device was tethered to 2 smartphone allowing others to see what I was observing through the monocular. I began recording the thermal target I also notified the group leader, and she became interested in the target as well, we were told that no one could be down over that ravine in total darkness because it was too steep. The thermal I had was set to red hot mode and it indicated a shape that clearly does look humanoid. While observing the target we noticed that it was moving in strange ways that seemed to rule out animals. At one point it appears to raise its hand and lower what may be its head as if it were eating something. It seemed to be aware of us on the ridge above, but it did not act curious or threatening IMO.
Near the end of the clip it does appear to turn to the left and walk away behind some bushes clearly showing in most observer's opinions that it was walking upright. Up ahead of the group the next station was the thermal station at this station there were three various types of thermal imagers set up. this station looked directly down into the valley where this target was seen. We hoped that we would get a better view of the target using these other thermals some of which were more powerful, though nothing was captured. I decided I was going to hike back to the previous location to see if the target was still there. At this point the group fell back with me to the parabolic station as there were no more stations up ahead.
Several members reported that they were now hearing sounds coming from the ridge above us. I turned the thermal up to the ridgeline but saw nothing. At this time Joe from hellbent Holler was coming back up the road toward us in total darkness. He said he had heard something on the ridge above and feared a group member had tried to go up the hill (See Joes full statement.) We could not locate the target again and had to wrap up the event. As soon as our group made it to nearly the same spot we were in when the power had gone out the lights came back on.
At a debrief after the hike the video of the thermal was passed around for others to see including seasoned investigators. All agreed that is was good evidence and clearly showed something big down over the ravine.
On our way over to the cookout after the hike I had spoken with Martin Groves who related to me he had witnessed something as we walked into the woods.
Here is Martin’s public statement following our post on social media about the event:
Martin Groves Statement
“I shared my sighting with Ron , due to my injuries I was unable to travel with the group so I walked around in the area of the Lodge. As soon as the group entered I heard a distinct single wood knock coming from behind the pavilion area, it was answered by another from behind the Lodge next to where we dined. The lights went out immediately to the lodge , I walked behind the Lodge and observed a very large shape of an upright -bi pedal animal in the wooded area from where the second knock came from , it disappeared into the deeper wood line . It is my belief there were 3 of them . ........"
The next day during the conference Eric Altman along with Tom Mihok decided to hike up to the area where the sighting had occurred to survey the area and see if what we had seen could have just been a hunter. After returning they both stated that the area was too steep and covered with brush for anyone to attempt to navigate at night. After the conference was over on the evening of October 15th Joe Perdue, my wife and three other friends who were vending the event decided to go up the trail once more to get some idea of what the terrain looked like during the day and maybe to get an idea how big the target was. Our goal was only to get pictures and video of the area and to be there for no more than a few minutes as we were starting to lose sunlight.
I had decided to bring along our Geiger counter and once more we had our thermal. After locating the spot where I had shot the original footage the night before, Joe was determined to go down into the valley to get a height recreation. However, as he made his way up the path, he found what appeared to be a pathway where something large had come off the hill and went down into the valley. Vegetation was laid down and leaves upturned. There was also a footprint in a puddle of water near the area.
I, along with one member of the group went back to the original sighting location and Joe tried to get down into the steep valley. It was at this point that our walkies began to act up on their own, first Joes then mine. It was also getting darker, and we had no light in the area and Joe's battery on his phone had died, note, we had used our phones all day at the CON. A group member began to say they were feeling something strange and with darkness approaching, batteries on the phones dying, our only light source, and weird com issues I made the decision to end the investigation and ordered everyone fall back.
I retrieved the Geiger counter from Joe who had had it and passed it along to another group member with instructions that if it should go above 35 or so to let us know. NOTE: It had gone to 34 at one point when Joe was trying to get down to the valley. We had received strange radiation spikes before at other locations so it made sense to cover those bases if we had the means which we did.
As we were walking back we were discussing that the count had climbed above background radiation when my personal com went off as if someone had paged me. We stopped, Joe did not hear this but it happened once more and never again after and at this exact time the individual holding the Geiger counter reported it had spiked to 40 CPM, over twice the background level. We continued to walk out to the parking lot and were discussing the experience when Joe decided to have a look at the surrounding hillside with the thermal at dusk.
Incident #2 UAP SIGHTING
It was at this point that a simple attempt to recreate the sighting of what appeared to be a large bipedal form got even stranger. Through nothing more than a desire to get some thermal B-Roll footage for our documentation of the event and future projects. At 7:38 Pm Joe turned the scope up toward the sky and spotted a fast-moving object. I was tethered to the thermal and began recording. The object was moving in a straight line from across the horizon at a good speed.
At first, I thought we were watching an aircraft, but all members of the group tried to get an actual visual on this object but saw nothing. There were no blinking lights and no sound observed. As the object moved over the horizon, Joe moved the scope up again and saw another bright moving object. This time the object was intercepted by a faster moving object which was maneuvering in unusual manners.
As this is the Bigfoot/Cryptid section we will focus on that aspect. More on this incident may be found on the UFO SIGHITNGS section of the report logs. It is mentioned here only as the sighting occurred following the bigfoot investigation.
Strange objects appear in the sky following the investigation
There UAP were only visible on thermal.
Statement from Joe Doyle Hellbent Holler
“I will give a brief summary from my perspective. Jessi and I were taking a group out for a night demonstration of research methodologies and to let the participants get some hands on experience with some of the equipment that we use. We arrived early and used an old service road going into the woods. The road has been gated off and does not appear to have been used recently. This event was only scheduled to be a couple of hours long, so we had a pretty tight schedule to follow. Jessi and I scouted out the path during the day, cleared it, selected the best observation points for the particular type of equipment that would be used, and then cleared those points in order to give a better view of the ravine. The equipment was staged in stations depending upon the nature of that equipment. The stages consisted of basic equipment and safety, night vision/full spectrum cameras, the parabolic dish and digital recorders, thermal imagers, and finally instrumentation/data collection. Jessi led the demonstration, while I was up and down the service road setting up and breaking down the stations. Skinwalker’s partner was also in attendance with their thermal monocular. Earlier Jessi and I both heard a series of knocks and popping sounds coming from the ravine at various times throughout our setup during the day. We were unable to determine the source of these noises. We discussed these sounds with two of the attendees, who confirmed that they had also heard similar sounds near the access road. After we completed the first station (night vision/full spectrum), I accompanied the group to the parabolic setup and returned to the night vision equipment to pack it up and return it to our vehicle for safe keeping. After securing the equipment, I began to quickly hike back to the group. Approximately 50 yards into the woods I began to hear movement to my right. The right hand side of this access road is uphill… with the grade of rise being similar to the drop off into the ravine on my left. I illuminated the area with my red flashlight, but could not find the source of the movement. I then attempted to use a white light to find the source, but was again unable. I started to move towards the group again, but again heard what sounded like walking uphill. The walking seemed to be keeping pace with me. I softly called out to see if someone was there, but did not receive an answer. At this point, I thought that one of the members of the group had possibly gone uphill in order to look around. Honestly, I immediately thought that someone was going to get hurt on an event that we were responsible for and hurried back to the group. I was attempting to follow the road without using any light so that I could see any hint of illumination uphill. The night was dark enough that I had difficulty walking the access road at speed without a light source. I activated my red headlamp and hurried on. When I approached the group I asked if someone had gone uphill, to which they responded that no one had. After conducting a headcount I discovered that all members were present and at that point I learned that the group had heard movement on our parabolic followed by the detection of a large, bipedal figure in the bottom of the ravine. The point that I would like to emphasize is that I had difficulty walking the semi-cleared and level access road in the level of darkness that we had. It would have been next to impossible for someone to walk the far more uneven terrain at the bottom of that ravine under those light conditions. I ruled out the possibility of night vision goggles being used due to the lack of thermal signature around the figures head. Wearable night vision goggles or monoculars will appear colder in relation to the warm skin of a subject, with isolated but noticeable hot spots… usually around the external power source hookup as well as around sections of the main housing. These sections are not overly warm to the touch, but usually stand out in contrast with the rest of the NV housing, especially in cooler weather. Admittedly, I do not have experience with every commercially available night vision setup, so there is a possibility that an extremely large, naked man was hiding at the bottom of the ravine… in 40 degree weather… with 20,000 dollar night vision goggles that emit zero heat,”
Return To The Site
A decision was made return to the area in an attempt to retrieve the footprint which were observed. Joe Perdue and myself returned to the site in daylight this time and decide to try to recreate the sighting on thermal. After a hard time getting to the spot, Joe managed to get to the area where the thermal was captured. After falling several times he managed to get into the area where the thermal was pointed that night. He made several discoveries in this area of impressions and foot prints in the hillside as well as evidence of something feeding on nettle in that spot.
As stated prior, this area is a steep ravine, even in day light traversing it was tedious and dangerous. There were steep drop offs, holes between rocks and various wood fall debris which has collected in the valley that would make any attempt to navigate this area at night with a flashlight very difficult if not impossible in some places. The thought that someone could navigate this area at night in pitch darkness is something none of us can fathom. Our best guess is the target would have been about 50 yards from where I stood.
At the time of the recreation temperature in the area were around 38 degrees F, a bit colder than the night of the sighting but the thermal recreation showing Joe instead of the target is very different. As of now, the video documentation has been seen by many researchers and we are confident enough to release the data to allow others to decide for themselves wat may have been actually captured in that valley.
Taking the submerged cast