A person has come forward to say he may be the Speck in question. See update below.
Originally published May 4, 2014.
Hikers film a dark speck in a remote valley against the snow. There is not enough information to conclude what it is. Therefore, Sasquatch?
A B.C. man who claims he filmed a possible sasquatch while hiking in the Tantalus Range near Squamish, B.C. two years ago is getting thousands of hits on YouTube after recently uploading the footage.
The video shows a black dot of a figure apparently moving up the slope of a snow covered mountain.
“I can’t see it very well,” Lamont says into the camera lens. “It’s this little black dot walking in the middle of the snow in the middle of nowhere.”
First, it can’t really be the middle of nowhere if THEY are there. Yes, it looks remote for sure. They are adamant that the figure was bipedal and without snowshoes or backpack. The camera doesn’t do justice here, the eye can judge better. But they also note he’s huge. I’m not sure that any of that can be confirmed at such a distance. They say it’s not a bear. Here is more from the youtube page which has over 88,000 views.
There was a very steep drop off below where the video was shot, easily a 300m sheer face. We were not equipped with climbing gear and a descent around would have been impossible before nightfall.
Perhaps the most reasonable explanation for this video is a very ill prepared hiker, hiking up a difficult section of snowline as opposed to a much easier route, one who is very physically fit and able to cover ground in unusually quick fashion and must have had very large feet as we were breaking through snow crust in just our boots.
This may intrigue some people but once again, there is nothing to go on. Even if they had been able to get there to film the trackway or even to get closer to the object, that would not have been suitable evidence to prove Bigfoot. Only a body or a solid DNA specimen will do at this point.
UPDATE (16-May-2014): RidgeWalker Pete has come forward to say that he was in this area around that time and this may be him, not a mystery creature.
Enter Peter Tennant, a.k.a. Ridgewalker Pete. The 56-year-old from White Rock believes his admittedly odd hobby of walking by himself across remote B.C. mountainsides put him in the cross-hairs of Lamont’s lens.
Tennant says he does a lot of solo hiking, shoots pictures and video of his walks, then sets them to music. And Tennant says he was on Tricouni Peak in July 2011, the same month Lamont shot his video.
The hiker says he ran across the Sasquatch story on the CBC website and recognized the valley as the same one he’d been exploring that July.
Pete says this could have been him. Also, he’s never seen any evidence of Sasquatch.
But the person who filmed the incident isn’t buying that this is Pete.
Ridgewalker Pete says his hiking diary confirms he was on Tricouni Mountain the last week of July.
Mystery solved … until we asked Lamont, the wildlife biologist who shot the video, “When were you on Tricouni Peak?”
“We were there July 2,” he said.
And that’s at least three weeks before Ridgewalker Pete.
It’s also from 2011, that’s a lot of time to forget details. Can we resolve a date dilemma or do we assume Sasquatch?
This is not anywhere near convincing evidence for a Sasquatch.