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                                Compass Outdoor Adventures and SnoValley Chamber of Commerce hope the Search for Sasquatch scavenger hunt will become an annual event.

Courtesy photo Compass Outdoor Adventures and SnoValley Chamber of Commerce hope the Search for Sasquatch scavenger hunt will become an annual event.

Valley-wide search for Sasquatch kicks off Saturday

Compass Outdoor Adventures and SnoValley Chamber of Commerce to present first annual Search for Sasquatch scavenger hunt on Aug. 10.

It goes by many names: Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yowie, Skunk Ape, and Yayali—to name a few. Sasquatch has become a popular local legend in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

With more than 600 sightings in Washington — the most anywhere in North America — many believe the PNW is the Sasquatch’s home.

The SnoValley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Compass Outdoor Adventures to offer locals and visitors a chance to come together to find Sasquatch in its inaugural Search for Sasquatch scavenger hunt.

SnoValley Chamber of Commerce executive director Kelly Coughlin said the event is meant to bring family, friends and neighbors together to enjoy the beauty of the Valley.

“It’s going to be a great way for friends, family and visitors to get out and see more of the area,” she said. “It’s going to be fun for all ages.”

The scavenger hunt will begin at noon on Aug. 10 at Centennial Park and will conclude at an undisclosed location at 4 p.m.

The scavenger hunt will guide participants all throughout the Valley—Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City.

Participants will go to sighting spots. They will collect evidence and enjoy Sasquatch pastimes trying to lure it out of hiding for a day of fun and adventure.

Compass Outdoor Adventures will guide people to each destination and has provided clues to where to find all the scavenger hunt items.

Compass Outdoor Adventures specializes in getting people outside, active and engaged with their surroundings. Compass Outdoor Adventures offers mountain bike rentals as well as guided tours of some of the PNW’s greatest trails.

Caley George, Compass Outdoor Adventures director of marketing, said it is the first Sasquatch-related event they have ever done.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” he said. “We’re Sasquatch enthusiasts, and we’re looking forward to getting people out to explore the area and have fun.”

Between Compass Outdoor Adventures and SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, the event has been in the works for a few months. George said it’s been fun and challenging designing the scavenger hunt in order to take participants to places they may have never been to before.

“I think something like this is important to have because a lot of people work and don’t have a lot of opportunities to get out and see around them,” Coughlin said. “This is just our way of helping bring people together to do something fun.”

In teams, people will solve critical missions, find hidden lairs and explore local stories about Sasquatch.

With an app, teams will document their sightings and findings throughout the scavenger hunt.

“They will capture photos and video evidence,” George said. “It could be something like high-fiving a cop, visiting a specific spot, among other things.”

The more items teams complete, the more points they earn. The top three teams will receive prizes. The finale will take place at an undisclosed, secret location where there will be post adventure beverages by Snoqualmie Brewery and light snacks provided by the Iron Duck.

Payment for participating in the Snoqualmie Valley adventure is $25 per person, $80 for a team of four, or $80 for a family.

To learn more about the Search for Sasquatch scavenger hunt, go online to the event’s website (https://bit.ly/2KivRub).

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