Where Bigfoot Walks

Where Bigfoot Walks

Crossing the Dark Divide

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The inspiration for the film The Dark Divide starring David Cross and Debra Messing, one of America's most esteemed natural history writers takes to the hills in search of Bigfoot--and finds the wildness within ourselves.

Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, Yale-trained ecologist Dr. Robert Pyle treks into the unprotected wilderness of the Dark Divide near Mount St. Helens, where he discovers both a giant fossil footprint and recent tracks. On the trail of what he thought was legend, he searches out Indians who tell him of an outcast tribe, the Seeahtiks, who had not fully evolved into humans. A handful of open-minded biologists and anthropologists counter the tabloids Pyle studies, while rogue Forest Service employees and loggers swear of a vast conspiracy to deep-six true stories of unknown, upright hominoid apes among us. He attends Sasquatch Daze, where he meets scientists, hunters, and others who have devoted their lives to the search, only to realize that "these guys don't want to find Bigfoot―they want to be Bigfoot!"

Since its original publication, the author's fresh experiences and finds have been added to his original work through an updated chapter. With an evaluation of recent DNA evidence from Bigfoot hair and scat, the study of speech phonemes in the "Sierra Sounds" purported Bigfoot recordings, an examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series Bigfoot Hunters, the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community, and more, Walking With Bigfoot keeps every Bigfoot enthusiast's mind wide open to one of the biggest questions in the land and brings Pyle's work on the "legend" of Bigfoot into the new century.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint Press, 2017.
Edition: First Counterpoint paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781619029378
1619029375
Branch Call Number: 001.944 PYLE R
Characteristics: xxi, 441 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

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CraigSmith
Jan 29, 2021

As a person who has hiked almost all of the trails and places mentioned in this book, I loved it. Partially because of the coverage given to the Dark Divide, and partially for the deep respect I have for the South Cascades and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

I found myself agreeing with the author on how to think about Bigfoot. To jump on the bandwagon and declare Bigfoot is real without proof is stupid. But to stubbornly declare he can not be real is equally stupid and ignoring world-wide belief and history and cultural reports for centuries that such creatures do exist.

So, when I'm out hiking in The Dark Divide by myself, and I'm thinking about the possibility of Bigfoot, I'll be hoping I don't run into him/her/it, but at the same time I'll be wishing I do.

Like the author, I don't strongly believe or disbelieve -- I just hope the truth is never definitively known. Because I always want to be able to believe in the possibility of Bigfoot.

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StarGladiator
Aug 09, 2017

I really suspect they were mistaking my Uncle Ralph for Bigfoot; the dude just would not bathe regularly nor visit any hair stylists. Ornery and disagreeable to as well.

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