Who Made These Rock Stacks?

Adrianne, Ohio Bigfoot Research Manager 

Just imagine taking a hike in a remote area of a forest, a place where there are little or no trails or signs that anyone else has been there recently. All of a sudden you come upon a mysterious looking stack of three or more rocks, one on top of the other, perfectly balanced. You would have to scratch your head and wonder…. You know that this artifact had to be made by somebody or something, it just could not have happened naturally. One might wonder how old the structure is or its’ purpose for being there. Being in a lush forest is enchanting in itself, but finding something like this just adds to the enchantment.

If you are a Bigfoot researcher you might ponder the thought that it could be possible the creature you are looking for could have made this. You take photos of it from every angle. You examine it closely to see if maybe there could have been some type of evidence left behind, a nearby footprint, or maybe a lost hair. You look for other signs, such as broken limbs on trees. You mark it with your GPS. Measurements are taken and you might even draw a simple map to show where it is at in relation to other visible landmarks. You theorize that the creature that made this could have built it as a warning or a marker of some kind……what else could it possibly be? Why would a human make it? There are no signs of anyone around for miles. No other animals have the capabilities to make such a thing. It had to be a Sasquatch!

I guess it could be possible that a Bigfoot may have built that stack of rocks. After all we humans have been doing it for hundreds even thousands of years! The most common name for them is a "cairn". A cairn is an Irish term used to describe a manmade pile or stack of stones. They have been mainly used as landmarks since ancient times. They were also used for hunting, ceremonial, astronomical, and other purposes too. The indigenous people of the Americas used them to mark buffalo jumps, some date back to thousands of years ago. They were also used as landmarks and directional markers long before Europeans arrived. Some people believe they bring good luck. You often see rocks stacked at the end of people’s driveways to wish you good luck as you pass by.

In modern day they are most commonly used to marks trails in remote areas where the trail is not obvious. Most often they are found in mountain regions above the tree lines. A common name for them is ducks. They are called ducks because the top rock usually has a pointed end or a beak that shows direction. There is an expression that hikers use “Two rocks do not make a duck”. This reminds the hiker that two rocks on top of one another can happen naturally and may not be a marker. Ducks are always made with three or more rocks.

Rock stacking or rock balancing is also an increasingly popular form of art. Some artist are even paid to do this, some do it for free. You can find this form of art spread across the United States. Many of these artists create their art wherever they feel inspired. These works of art are in beautiful balance that at times seems to defy gravity. There are four different styles of this art: pure balance, counter balance, balanced stacking and free style.

It’s not wrong to consider that maybe a Bigfoot creature may have constructed the rock stack you have found. After all you did not see who or what made it. It is possible that they may make them for the same reasons we do. But if you have seen one of these stacks in the past or you run across one in the future it may be good for the sake of your own research to consider all of the other possibilities first and remember that we humans have a purpose for building them too before making that claim.