EPISODE 1: ALBERTA – PART ONE
In the first episode of this 2-part special, Les finds himself in a remote track of forested land in Alberta, Canada, a renowned Bigfoot hot spot. Inundated by requests from fans to uncover the truth about Bigfoot since revealing his own possible Bigfoot encounter while shooting Survivorman in Alaska in 2009, Les seeks to uncover the truth about this elusive and quite possibly fictitious creature. Enlisting the help of Bigfoot expert Todd Standing, Les goes in as a skeptic, debunking myths and exploring the possibility of purposely broken trees and structures made in ways that seem highly unlikely to be made by natural causes. Les makes camp in bowl-like topography to give the beasts of the wilderness the high ground. Armed with nothing more than a camera, belt knife and extreme night-vision cameras, Les is quickly plunged into a dangerous survival situation where long nights spent alone in Bigfoot territory could mean death by mountain lion…or worse.
EPISODE 2: ALBERTA – PART TWO
In the second episode of this 2-part special, Les continues his survival in the remote area of Northern Alberta to get as close as he can – if that’s possible – to the legend known as Sasquatch. Full of skepticism, Les enlists the help of a Bigfoot tracker named Todd Standing, who claims to have had multiple interactions with the legendary creature in the area. But Les isn’t easily swayed. Plowing through the evidence and revealing incredible never-before-seen footage that Todd has captured over twenty years of tracking Bigfoot in the bush, it all seems too incredible to ignore. But Les needs 100% irrefutable proof. For an expedition to yield any success, the search must be made by the most elite of wilderness experts who have the experience to film in the extreme conditions one can expect from the most remote locations. Of the 7 billion people on the planet, only Les Stroud fits the criteria. This is Survivorman like you’ve never seen him before.
EPISODE 3: LEGEND OF KLEMTU HILL
In the largely unexplored wilderness of Klemtu, an Indian Reserve on the coastal fijords of Canada’s beautiful British Columbia, local residents have been telling stories for generations about Bigfoot. Klemtu Hill is an old volcano, it’s a sacred area and the Bigfoot reports here are in the hundreds. Something that is supposed to weigh 900 pounds has to leave a trail – whatever is there, it leaves tracks, makes sounds in the night, makes friends and helps people, abducts and even kills people. Les Stroud’s approach is to place himself in the hot spots, in the firing line, wherever there have been reports of sightings or strange happenings, in a tent, outside of a tent, with fire, without fire, inside of a cabin, walking on lonely roads, whatever it takes to provoke an encounter. Les’s quest is to make contact and in this wild place of abundance, where large animals could exist indefinitely, it is the unknown that keeps him coming back for more.
EPISODE 4: GIANTS OF THE FOREST
Les returns to the wilds of Rural Alberta to document evidence of Sasquatch activity.
Do you know what normal is in the forest? What is baseline? When you’ve spent as much time as Les Stroud in wild Canada, when you see something that isn’t normal, it really stands out. Les returns to Rural Alberta in search of Sasquatch. He approaches with a skeptic’s eye, experimenting with stealth camera equipment and using infrared trail cams and thermal imaging. The search for definitive proof gives him the edge. The mission is to document the increasing regularity and recurrence of phenomenon that is baffling science – and hopefully, provoke an interaction. Things keep happening, events recorded in nature, that wild life biology is having a hart time explaining, without including Sasquatch. It’s not so much a mission as a quest. A piece of the puzzle is out there…and that puzzle is Bigfoot.
EPISODE 5: WHERE THE MYTH BEGAN
Les tracks Bigfoot in the ancient red cedar forests of Northwest California.
Sixty miles in-land from Eureka, California sits the land of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Here the wide trunks of ancient red cedar trees stand like old guardians; their disorienting and protective branches stretching for miles towards the northwest sky. It’s easy to get lost here. And this old forest is dangerous. It’s the densest black bear territory in California…and a hot spot for Bigfoot activity. Les heads back out into the wilderness in search of Sasquatch. Les isn’t a believer – not yet. He needs irrefutable proof. He’s got to catch one on film. The town of Hoopa is swimming in Sasquatch stories. Les sifts through the evidence, talking to the locals, looking for signs, and attempting to invoke an encounter.
EPISODE 6: MYSTERY OF BIGFOOT MOUNTAIN
Les is not a Bigfoot researcher. He’s not even a Sasquatch enthusiast. He’s an outdoor adventurer and survival specialist. But, he’s had experiences when surviving alone out in the wilderness that he simply can’t explain. And now, he’s determined to separate fact from fiction, truth from hoax. In this episode, Les is going for broke. He plants multiple hidden cameras, prepares DNA traps, hangs pheromone chips, hand bells and chimes with camouflaged sound recorders, all in an effort to coax an interaction out of the alleged Sasquatch. He returns to the site where Todd captured audio of a near-fatal Sasquatch encounter. Whoops and strange noises from the forest interior leave Les unsettled yet skeptical. Taking casts of animal footprints to compare with possible Sasquatch tracks, Les finds grizzly prints bigger than his hand. He scales the most remote and dangerous Grizzly Bear territory of the Canadian Rockies alone in his search for the truth. Les has to think like an animal – go slow and take breaks often. In this vast-reaching untouched forest, anything could yet survive.
EPISODE 7: SMOKEY MOUNTAIN SASQUATCH
Things get weird when Les tracks Bigfoot in the smoky mountains of Tennessee.
Hiking far off the beaten path, Les searches remote forested land deep in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains with Scott Carpenter, a local researcher claiming to have interactions with Bigfoot in the area. Scott’s theories leave Les feeling jumpy. Or maybe that’s the black bears. There are more than 1,500 black bears that live in these mountains. Les knows that where bears thrive, humans can survive, too. But, is it possible that something else could be surviving in the unknown wild? A higher intelligence? Something that doesn’t want to be found? Battling his own psyche, Les enters the Bigfoot hot spot, planting hidden cameras and scent traps, in an effort to elicit an interaction, seeking irrefutable proof. But the longer Les hunts for Sasquatch, the weirder things get.
EPISODE 8: SEARCHING THE SOUTHWEST
Les tracks Sasquatch from East Texas to rural Utah in an effort to elicit an encounter.
Les begins his search in East Texas, invited onto private land by a local who claims to have experienced Bigfoot phenomenon for over 35 years. For Les to succeed, he has to find concrete proof. He collects DNA samples, analyzes tree breaks and plants hidden cameras to lure Bigfoot into his frame. Combining low-tech with high-tech surveillance puts the odds in his favor, but Les has to keep digging if he wants to find out the truth. Locals’ stories lead him to the remote mountain terrain of rural Utah. Here, ungodly screams and tales of haunted hollows find Les camped out in a canyon way off the beaten path. Les remains firmly planted between skepticism and acceptance. Lacking irrefutable evidence, Bigfoot is a contradiction. A 10ft monster that he can’t find…
EPISODE 9: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF BIGFOOT
Les plants himself in Bigfoot hot spots across North America, collecting stories and experiences from Bigfoot believers, gathering and examining evidence to debunk the mysteries that surround this ancient legend. Les has had his own eerie experiences in the wild, things he can’t quite explain, but he isn’t a Bigfoot believer. It’s not his job to say it’s an alien or an ape. It’s his job to wage war in the middle ground, where a battle is raging for reason. But what happens when reason isn’t enough? Over and over, Les encounters people who approach Bigfoot from a more spiritual angle. Is there an intelligent life-forrm surviving in the forgotten wilderness of our world? And if so, does it want to be found?