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Welcome to yet another episode of Almost Live. In this episode I was not feeling very good but I sure didn't want a nice day to pass me by. I covered a pretty large area hunting for ginseng and looking for possible bigfoot sign.  I did find some ginseng and some other things that you might find interesting.

Here is the episode.

Even though I'm incredibly busy with numerous projects and normal life stuff, I manage to find time to conduct hands on research. On this outing, myself and Tony Felosi of  Harlan County Paranormal, spend several hours walking the mountains of Eastern Kentucky looking for evidence of Bigfoot.

We trek to an area where I have had success before and are not disappointed with what we find.

Check out this short video
Two tree breaks and an arch - we make a return trip
About 5 years ago, my wife and I found these odd tree breaks and what appears to be an arch way in the back. On this particular trip we also discover a series of tree breaks, all equally spaced out and broken at about the same height of 10 foot. The breaks went that way for around 1 mile around the side of a ridge. No other damage to any of the other trees, just these breaks that one would assume or would think marked a trail.

Recently, we were back at the area featured in the photograph above. I took the time to stop and look it over a bit and also film the area.

Here is that video and what we discovered that day.

Its time for another episode of My Crypto World. In this episode you will hear a little about the recent Paramountain Event, and then my thoughts about bigfoot bones. But that is not all this episode is about as I also talk about bigfoot tracks, tree breaks and video ratings. This episode is slightly longer than some of my more recent ones.

It is hard to believe I have made it all the way to episode 30 of this little show. In future episodes, I hope to talk about more specific topics from the world of bigfoot. I guess it is probably past time that I shared my opinions on various bigfoot topics.

With all that said, here is the latest episode.
TCC's Jason Morse checking out a tree break

As most of you may know by now, Crypto Crew team member Jason Morse made the long drive from New Hampshire to Kentucky this past weekend. While he was here we got a chance to go out in one of my bigfoot areas and look for possible evidence.

We had a very good and productive day and I feel we found a lot of possible good evidence that bigfoot had been in the area. Remember, this is an area known to have bigfoot activity and there has been a few actual sightings in this general area.

We did run across one thing, the pine tree ripped out, that was odd. I'm not sure what caused the damage to this tree. Check out the video to see what I'm talking about. It looks like a lightning strike but it has no charring and we have not had rain it weeks, but it could be. While in this area we did hear a few odd sounds and thought we seen movement a few times but nothing conclusive.

Here is the video with the interesting findings.

I guess, I should clarify that we did not think the odd tree, which could be a lightning strike, was bigfoot related. We just found it odd and studied it. Also, this area was not a random walk in. This is an area where I have been documenting bigfoot activity for 3-4 years. I have documented tracks, stick structures, had vocals, knocks, and i have documented sightings in this general area. 

Hopefully, in the future I can get back into this area and find more possible evidence and maybe set up some game cams.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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Still frame from the video. Is this a Bigfoot?
Now, I do not know if this is a Bigfoot or not, but the video is interesting. The channel it comes from is suspect to me. It was supposedly shot in Utah.

Here is what the description says about the clip.

"Clip Description: Two fishermen brothers are out in the woods by the creek catching fish one day and they hear what sounds like an loud roar and breaking trees. They leave right away thinking its a bear. The next day they go back to investigate and see what it was that made that sound and to see if any tracks were left in the snow...What they capture on film is very creepy!!"

Here is the video.

It seems that the description is not accurate to the video. The two brothers don't say anything about hearing a "loud roar" or "breaking trees", but state they discovered the tracks. But the video is interesting and what ever this is appears to be crouched down on the balls of it's feet.

I have attempted to zoom in on the figure more.

Here is the same still frame grab with more enhancement.

I guess in the end we just can't say for sure if it is a real bigfoot or just a guy in a suit but at least it is a pretty interesting video. You can see the figure swaying back and forth a little. 


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet

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A few days ago, I was in my research area and found an old tree twist, pictured above. The tree twist was 10 foot off the ground. The area I research in has gone through some changes the last 3 or 4 months. One of the stick formation that I had been documenting for almost 3 years, suddenly was tore down a couple months ago. What tore it down, I do not know. Could have been wind or rain. The activity in the lower lying areas has been very minimal or none at all. While in the area a few days ago, I went farther back into the woods. This is where I seemed to find a few signs, like the twist, that Bigfoot was still in the area.

Still, I wonder what tore down the stick formation and why they moved out of the lower lying area. Could it be because of weather? Someone suggested that the stick formation could have been tore down due to a larger more dominate male moving into the area. I guess that could be possible.

Why did the Bigfoot move out of the lower areas? Could it be that the leaves on the trees are all off and they wanted to go deeper in the forest to avoid detection? Could it have been because of some heavy rains and the swelling creek near by?  I'm not really sure on what caused this movement, maybe it was just a natural movement for winter time.  A movement to be closer to a den. Maybe it is some combination of the above.

Another thing that might have played a part was that a mountain within about a mile of the main activity area, slid off. If that played a part, then that would mean that the Bigfoot had prior knowledge of the coming slide. I have always heard that animals know when bad weather is coming and even earthquakes, so I think it could be possible.

Not knowing answers to questions like this, is one of the things that keeps me going back and researching. Also, while in the area, you could hear the dump trucks hauling dirt and dumping it. The tail gates of the dump trucks would slam into the back of the truck beds. This created a very large banging sound. It was annoying to me, so I can only imagine how Bigfoot might react to this loud banging.    

Speaking of tree twist, I have found a lot of tree breaks but very few where the limb had the twist to it. Some people of course dismiss all tree breaks and twist but I have found Bigfoot tracks right next to fresh tree breaks. So it is pretty clear what did them. The twisting of tree limbs seems to happen in other Bigfoot areas more than it does in my area. One researcher I follow a lot is Randy Brisson. He has posted and shared tree twist pictures over the years. It has been my experience that in real areas of Bigfoot activity, you will find broken and twisted tree limbs.

There are still many unanswered questions about Bigfoot and Bigfoot behavior. Sometimes, at least for me, the not knowing the answer is what gives me a drive to research and look for Bigfoot. It's a puzzle and I just want to fill in a few of the pieces.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet

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Tree break found in area of sighting.
First, let me state that I can not give detailed information about the location of this sighting as the investigation is still ongoing.

Here is what has happened so far.

There was a Bigfoot sighting by a credible person on 11/02/15. The sighting took place towards the evening. The area has had other credible sightings in the past. The person who seen this was able to take out their phone and take a couple of pictures. The pictures are not that great because they were taken at a pretty long distance. The figure appears to be moving to the right. I can not share the photos at this time because it might give away the location. We have reason to believe that this Bigfoot is still in the area. Almost immediately after the sighting, we were in there looking around. There was fresh tree breaks (Pictured above) in the area where the Bigfoot was seen. Unfortunately, the ground was too hard in this area for tracks. The Bigfoot was seen at the edge of a field, next to the treeline.

Here is another photo of the tree break.
We are continuing to investigate the area. We will be placing up game cameras and exploring the area for tracks, structures, and tree breaks.

We hope to have some video and audio about this sighting and during the investigation, in the near future.

Also, it should be noted that this appears to be a rather large Bigfoot.

Sorry, I can't give more detail but we are trying to protect the area while we do our investigation.

As the investigation continues, I hope to be able to provide more details in the days ahead. It is very exciting and I wanted to share what I could. It seems, 2015 has been a slow year for fresh Bigfoot sightings, so to have a very hot case right in front of us, makes us very hopeful.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet

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Well, after my vacation last week, it was good to get back out in the mountains today. I got an early start to try and avoid the very hot and muggy temperatures, it didn't work.

I set out my game cameras and did some general field research. I feel today was pretty successful, as I found many new tree breaks and other things. I also had something make a short howl type noise at me. Whatever it was that made the sound was pretty close to me. I can't rule out it being a bear but I didn't hear any movement (brush breaking) and I was close to whatever it was. Once I got home I searched youtube for bear sounds but didn't find anything the sounded the same as what I heard.

Here is the video from today, it is mostly raw and has very little edits. There seems to be some activity in area 1.

Look for a second video tomorrow. In the second video, I share some of the things I've learned about Bigfoot and research. I hope you guys like the raw type research videos and don't find them too boring.

On a side note, I got to save up some case to get me some of the HD game cameras that also record audio.

Have a good evening. 


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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Bigfoot tree break
Tree break

This post/report from TCC Team Member Jason Morse.  Jason is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, trained in wilderness survival tactics, a 26 year martial artist, DJ, EMT and amateur writer. Jason conducts bigfoot field research, witness interviews and more for The Crypto Crew.

Tree knocks and stick structures... Bigfoot or not?
By Jason Morse

  Many researchers frequently go out into the woods looking for various evidence of the possibility of a Bigfoot being nearby, or for one that's passed through the area. Lately, some of the common pieces of “evidence” presented are stick structures and audio or video depicting what sounds like a tree being struck by a limb or other piece of a tree.
I want to touch on a couple things that could open the serious researcher's mind.

  I was speaking to a good friend and great researcher, Bruce Barraclough, founder of NEAR (North Eastern Anomalous Research) and he made mention of a few very interesting things. The following will touch on these topics.

  Let's start with the tree knocking....

  I will now pose a question to all the researchers out there. How many of you have been walking through the woods and decide to attempt to elicit a response from a possible Bigfoot by grabbing a stick from the ground and whacking a nearby tree? Most of have at one point or another, I know I have. Now, my point.... When one finds a  limb, stick, etc on the ground, it's usually due to wind breaking a branch, deteriorating of the tree, causing it to break off and fall, and each time I've found one and decided to try a tree knock, I've got one, perhaps two good knocks before the item that I'm using is reduced to toothpicks. Now, I'm not a really small guy, I've been in concrete construction for 20+ years, am over 6 feet tall, and have a relatively decent amount of strength, and I get one , or if I've found a more sturdy stick, two good knocks from it. Now put that same branch, limb, or portion of tree into the hands of a creature that's  over 7 feet tall, weighing 400+ lbs with three or more times the strength of a normal man. I don't think I need to explain what happens. I've talked to other researchers that have decided that picking up a stick and smacking a tree is pointless, because it can only provide a couple knocks, so they go out armed with the handle of an axe or sledgehammer. So how can a creature the size of a Sasquatch accomplish numerous knocks with rotted wood? Simple. Both Bruce and myself have talked about this, and we're in complete agreement that if anything, the knocks are being accomplished by using a rock against a tree or other rock. Rock “clacking” has been reported many times, and I'm tempted to believe that a stone is the only implement that could be used to accomplish this. NOW, next time Bill D. Researcher goes out into the woods, go ahead and find a fallen stick and give it a try, then use a rock. The sound is different, and the rock against a tree causes the sound to travel further, and rock against rock emits a sound that can be heard even further away.

  In the fall and spring, when the mornings are brisk, and the afternoon warms up, the fibers in the tree expand and contract, often causing “snapping” noises, and it's my thought that this is often (not necessarily always) misidentified as a tree knock. Furthermore, in certain areas, finding an adequate sized rock in dense woods isn't the easiest thing to locate.

  So there's some food for thought about tree knocks. Now let's talk about stick structures and tree twists.

  I was contacted by a novice researcher a while back, saying he'd located an amazing stick structure, and I had to check it out, so I met him at the location about an hour's drive from my home, we then trekked out about 2 hours into the woods off trail at a nearby state park. We crested a knoll, and there it was, the mother of all stick structures. Intricately crafted, it had a large horizontal support with smaller branches leaning at a 45 degree angle from the larger tree trunk to the ground, and even smaller branches were weaved in and out of those. I was exited, thinking that there had to be some kind of evidence inside this thing, such as hair, prey remains, etc. So I wasted no time carefully poking my head inside, and looked around inside the 3 foot wide by 7 foot long by 3 foot tall structure, only to be disappointed to find the remains of a small fireplace. Hiker, hardcore camper, or survivalist. Darn. After touching on this subject with Bruce, I started talking with folks from varied walks of life.

  I grew up in Downeast Maine, about 30 miles northeast of Bar Harbor, and most of my friends, family, and others that lived in the area were avid hunters, so I spoke to some of them about this.

  The most interesting guy I talked to, I'll call him Jack, said that he used to go out hunting for a couple days at a time frequently, and at night, he'd often make a rudimentary shelter if the weather got bad, or just to take a nap in. When I mentioned tree twists, he said that he would be walking through the woods, and he'd grab a small limb and give it a  twist and break it in the direction he came from. (He was leaving markers to easily find his way home) He had picked up this technique from his father who'd been shown it by his father. There's 3 generations of tree twists and stick structures in one family in one small area. When multiplied by other old school hunters, trappers, fisherman, campers, or avid outdoors-men, that adds up to a lot of structures and twists.

  Then I talked to a local hunter who's son was in the Boy Scouts of America....

  His son had just received a  badge in camping and survival. He was accompanied by the troop and troop leader on an overnight trek. The troop was instructed to make a shelter to stay out of the wind and weather, then to find his way out. That old hunter''s trick must have proved to be very useful, the troop would break off small branches to show the route they took, and markers were fashioned to show the way back as well.

  Hmm, hunters, outdoors-men, now Boy Scouts... Wait, I'm not done yet.

  I have an acquaintance that has had a difficult time with his life. He's been homeless for reasons that aren't important in this topic. What is important is that he said he'd go to the public library and read about old military tricks to survive in the wild. Yup, you guessed it, branch breaks to find his way, and learned to make structures out of branches, old tarps, whatever was available.

  In closing, the mind HAS to be open to all possibilities when doing Bigfoot research, look at all angles. What could this or that have been, what could have built this or that, and what was that noise coming from?  These should be the first things thought about when you find a couple trees leaning against each other. I'm not in the least saying that a Bigfoot wouldn't do any of these things, one very well might, however, EVERY broken branch, leaning tree, and structure don't mean it's necessarily a Sasquatch.

  Very special thanks to Bruce Barraclough from NEAR for getting me thinking about this, and giving me some info about it. Be safe and smart in the woods, folks. The truth IS out there!

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Stick formation
"I thought I'd found something in one of my research areas. On first sight, this structure, made from large broken branches 10 to 12 feet up off the ground, does not look naturally made, and there have been numerous sightings reports in this area, some footprints and sound recordings taken of unusual activity. But I found nothing else in the area around this structure, and upon examining it again, I decided the branches could have dropped into this configuration. It's interesting, but I had to conclude it could have been made naturally."

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne! 

Stick Structures – Evidence Or Controversy?
Here’s How To Tell
By Dorraine Fisher

Almost daily, someone will send me a picture of what they believe might be a stick structure built by a Bigfoot. These are those strange configurations made from trees and tree branches, often found deep in the woods, (but not always) that defy explanation and could not have been created by humans or natural means. Some can be as large and elaborate, and others are smaller (as simple as a stick stuck in the ground) and appear to serve no practical purpose.
Researchers believe they may be some kind of landmarks sasquatches use to signal, warn, or otherwise inform other sasquatches of something. Some are also believed to be created by juvenile sasquatches. But when researchers bring us these pictures of these structures, the first question we have to ask a lot of questions and ask for more detailed research in the area they’re found.
Stick formation
"X" made with broken branches
 Stick structures create some serious controversy in the world of cryptid research. If you spend a lot of time in the woods, you know nature and the weather can do some weird things to everything out there. And this often makes these structures just too hard to recognize as anything authentic. And in the case of sasquatch research, you have to have your research in order, or face a lot of criticism.

Found in Russia
Found in Russia
So if you do a lot of hiking in the wooded areas, near a good water source, teeming with deer and lush vegetation, and you come across one of these structures, how do you tell if it’s something to get excited about?
The answer is, you can’t. Not without a shadow of a doubt. But there are some signs to look for in these structures and that can point you to other, more tangible evidence in the area. 

1. Are the sticks used for the structure broken and not cut, as with human tools? This might seem like a stupid question, but needs to be checked in the case of thorough research.

2. If the sticks forming the structure are broken and not cut, how big are they? Are they big enough that even a strong human could not break them, as is the case with small trees which are seen broken off in some research areas?

3. Are the trees in the area of the structure broken off at a height above the height of any human, meaning over seven feet high where no human could easily reach?

4. Have the sticks been used in unusual configurations? Or have they been intertwined or even woven into each other and appear they were intended to be semi-permanent?

5. Was the structure found in a remote area where less human foot traffic is found? This is not always the case in stick structures, but is one factor in helping determine its authenticity. They are more often found in areas far away from normal human occupation.

6. And has there been a credible bigfoot sighting in the area? We find that these structures can appear in areas where there have been recent sightings or other strange activity reported.

And then there are so many variables. Juvenile sasquatches might possibly build "practice structures" with small sticks, easier for a human to duplicate. Some could have been created naturally by falling from the trees in certain configurations. And number of factors can weigh in to the final product.

So, if you’ve seen these structures in the woods, other research in the area is necessary in order to affirm they might be the real thing. Extensive, meticulous work needs to be done to find possible prints, hair, sound recordings, video, local sightings reports, or photos of something else in the area that would make these structures more credible as real evidence of sasquatch habituation.

Otherwise, the structures themselves are not enough. It can take years of research, observation, and time in the woods studying nature in order to be able to conclude credibly that a structure may have been made by a sasquatch. So it’s very important to do thorough research, be objective, and ask an awful lot of questions. ******DF

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We took a small hike trip and found some interesting tree breaks. We are not saying these are 100 percent done by a bigfoot.We just wanted to share these because there is evidence from many researchers that suggest this is a behavior of bigfoot,but that does not mean all breaks are done by bigfoot. Wind can also break trees but what I find somewhat interesting is that these are small trees and normally these small trees will bend almost all the way to the ground before they will break.
So in the end we can not say for sure what broke these trees,we hope to make a return trip at some point.


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The Crypto Crew's Jason Morse does some research work out in the field. Several interesting fines,possible tree knocks and more during the video. Could this be evidence of sasquatch?
To find evidence you have to get out in the woods.
There are many things to look and listen for while out doing research.
Tree Break found during investigation
TCC - I know it's been a while since the last update about this investigation. If you don't know the full story you can catch up by reading Here First and then Here . As some of you know we have photographed a lot of possible evidence, everything from the possible creature itself to tracks and tree breaks.
We also installed a game cam and had a TCC Team Member in the field working the area for evidence.
Well a couple of weeks ago we went back to get the images from the game cam and to our surprise someone or something had taken this rather costly game cam. The area was searched heavily for any evidence of the game cam but we was only able to turn up a piece of the strap that held it to the tree.
It would have been kind of hard from someone just to stumble unto the cam and notice it,but that may be the case.
So I'm sad to say we lost the game cam and whatever pictures were on it.
We continued to investigate the area in the following days. Some of the activity levels have decreased but there is still some. Why the decrease?...we think it could have to do with the fact that there is more food sources now than when we first started the investigation. With Spring breaking (or broke now) there was an increase in food such as leafs and roots. So maybe this creature is not traveling to the marsh to get food.  There is also a chance that it was some form of migration, as to why the activity has decreased.  
There is still some activity in the nigh with some strange howls and whoops but it is even more random now than it was at the first.
We do have a TCC Team Member still in the area and will continue to look and listen for more evidence.
We have a few unreleased photos but they are nothing really special. I hope to post up a complete album on Our Facebook Page of all the photos,including the currently unreleased ones.
I will try to keep everyone up to date on anything new that happens with this ongoing investigation.
Hopefully there will be more gathering of evidence in the future.
Bigfoot sighting & TCC investigating

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New Hampshire Bigfoot Sighting Investigation Update

Recently there was a possible bigfoot sighting in New Hampshire and we posted it Here ,with pictures, a few days ago.
TCC has had an investigator on the scene and in the field trying to gather evidence of and about this sighting from the day it happened and we have found some very interesting things.

First let me bring you up to todays events.
We got what we call a "Hot" report in of a bigfoot sighting in New Hampshire, this report was just a few hours old when we received it or 3/8/12. We had a TCC Team member on it immediately and set up a game cam.
Then our team member hit the field looking for evidence and has found some potentially good evidence of activity in the area.

We also tried leaving a "gift" to see if anything would take it and sure enough the "gift" we left was taken by something. So we are moving to the second step of this experiment and I hope to have an update on how it went in a day or two.

Our Team Member was also able to find what is possibly a very large track and several tree breaks.
These tree breaks are anywhere from a few feet off the ground and up to about 10 or 12 feet high.
We also found a possible rock stack but are studying it to try and determine what may have done it.

The Crypto Crew is still in the area and still investigating this sighting. There is still activity happening and we still have the game cam set up and will check it in a few more days. We are doing several experiments with hopes of gathering even more evidence about this sighting. There has been many howls and whoops but they have been pretty random and our attempts to record them has been unfruitful,but we are still working on it.
When any new note worthy evidence is gathered I will share it here. So far this is all lining up pretty well...bigfoot sighting > Tracks > Tree breaks > howls... so this is looking good at this point.

All this activity and photos are within about a half a mile radius of the actual sighting area.

What follows is some photos from the field of the large track and the tree breaks.
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