A member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, Tim has been an investigator and expedition organizer since 2005.
Interest in Bigfoot has been his lifelong interest. The famous 1967 Patterson footage made Tim a "believer" and he'd regularly search for related news stories. So when the internet arrived, he found the BigFoot Field Researchers Organization at BFRO.net and was fascinated by reports from around the US and beyond.
His tenure with the organization began after signing up for an Arizona expedition in 2006. This followed a posting of his own online report about unusual vocalizations.
Shortly after the first trip, BFRO founder and TV presenter Matt Moneymaker offered him the opportunity to investigate local reports, which Tim's done ever since.
His interest continues as he investigates reports for BFRO.net and helps to organize BFRO expeditions. "I've met very credible people from all walks of life with interesting stories to tell," Tim explained.
"My search is ongoing because I've yet to witness one of these creatures for myself. I've seen and heard strange and interesting things during my investigations and outings into the wilderness, but a visual encounter with this animal eludes me... so far..."
Brady Cloward CW2, UTNG, AVN
So you think you had a strange week? I'll bet you never got the call on a cold Wednesday afternoon to join a Sasquatch hunt in the new 2013 Range Rover. I'm used to varied work and seeing incredible adventures in car magazines, but I had to sit down for this one...
I should state I'm a VW dude, not a new car guy. I drive cars that rattle so bad you schedule dental work every time you get an oil change. I get excited about working AM/FM.
As well as building project cars for eurotuner magazine, I've spent the last 16 years in the military. I was the magazine's self-titled Combat Car Correspondent during my time in Iraq, sending back sightings of Passat Wagons and Mercedes diesels from the front line.
I'd like to think I was invited on this adventure both for my familiarity with large off-road vehicles and a well-hidden foe. Whatever the reason, I was happy to tag along.
When packing for the trip I spent a few minutes worrying about what clothes to bring, and hours on hold with TSA to see how much tactical gear I could legally squeeze into my bags.
After a few wide eyes from airport security, and a closed-room pat down, (the secret is to not clench), I arrived in LA and got my first look at the 2013 Range Rover. The elegant design was cloaked in champagne paintwork but I lost my airline lunch when I heard the list price was a pinch under $100,000!
We packed the car and hit the road for the six-hour drive to Prescott, AZ. As the teacher's favorite I rode in the Crown Jewel. Being an Army UH-60 pilot, I love pushing mystery buttons. It's not always the smartest policy, but is undoubtedly the most exciting. Besides, the spinning thing on top of the Blackhawk has never stopped, so what's the worst that could happen in a car?
This propensity came out with a vengeance inside the Land Rover. While testing every button along with Greg's patience, I can honestly say it's the most pampered I've ever been in a vehicle. We rode with cooled seats while being massaged, and although I couldn't find the "happy ending" button, I'm convinced it's hidden within the touchscreen functions somewhere.
Arriving in sleepy Prescott, I had no idea of the adventure awaiting us. Following a night shoot at the motel, we met our local guide and Bigfoot investigator, Tim, who led us to our destination.
On its air suspension, the Range Rover seemed amazingly nimble despite its outward appearance. As an aviator, I'd like to think I'm less prone to motion sickness but as we stretched the car's handling limits I needed to put down my phone and focus on the road to keep my breakfast eggs down.
As we ventured into the pine and juniper backwoods we saw another side of the Range Rover. With the push of a button, we could raise the ride height. The suspension glided over rocks, mud, water... Ok not "over" water, even though it seemed divine enough.
It was clear the vehicle was made for the dirt. And yet, as we trailed the two other vehicles through thick dust, I noticed the Range Rover was airtight. There wasn't a hint of dust in the vehicle, just crisp air-conditioning.
After reaching our destination, Tim gave us the rundown on typical Sasquatch behavior before we set out on a two-mile hike into the mountains. There we were schooled on tracking, knocking and howling techniques. And as Alex demonstrated, the Squatch call isn't something you simply learn overnight!
During the hike we found a footprint that might have been left by a small Sasquatch, or homeless meth addict, it's anybody's guess...
Our night hunt turned into a technological expo as we unpacked our tracking equipment in the middle of the woods. We tallied it up and our hunt boasted roughly $35000 in night vision, thermal and infrared equipment.
Once we patted ourselves on our well-equipped backs, we ventured into the night. A few more lessons were learned; first off, Sasquatch hunting is a passive activity. A great deal of time was spent listening and watching, with just a few howls or knocks to attract Bigfoot attention.
After becoming excited by mistakenly identifying the heat off the Range Rover brakes as a Sasquatch, we started to understand how to scan the brush for movement. Secondly, at an altitude of 6500ft, it gets damn cold after sundown. Two hours passed without a sighting or a sound, so we made our way back to the cars and lit a campfire to reflect on the lessons learned. This was a unique opportunity with a truly unique vehicle and some great people.
With our adventure ending, we should have been bummed with only a footprint to show for it. However, our time with Tim was truly educational. We'll always be grateful to him for what we learned.
As far as our transportation, my only regret was that I've been ruined for any vehicle I'll ever drive again. The Range Rover is a remarkable car with a versatility I never expected. Well done, Land Rover - your vehicle is now on my bucket list.
FLIR Thermal Camera
Designed with serious outdoor enthusiasts in mind, the FLIR Scout BTS Series is a must-have for those looking to step up their 24/7 thermal vision. The BTS features a full coverage eyepiece with ergonomic comfort, inter-ocular adjustment and straightforward controls to alter thermal range. You can capture thermal photos or record video using the SD card slot.
The BTS Series can detect heat signatures more than 1.5 miles away and operates on rechargeable AA lithium-ion batteries. The images can be viewed in any of the camera's three heat signature settings (White Hot, Black Hot, InstAlert) at either 320x240 or 640x480 resolution, depending on the model.
The camera is supplied with a hard case, output cable, batteries, etc. And there are optional 35mm, 65mm and 100mm quick-disconnect lenses available for different viewing ranges. $13000, as tested with all the options included (flir.com).