Cryptomundian’s Vietnam Rock Ape Encounter

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 12th, 2016

An artist conception of the Nguoi Rung, the Vietnamese name for the Rock Ape.

Cryptomundian mikevusmc69 submitted the following:

I served as an Airborne Infantry Squad leader with the 101st Airborne in 1968 and 1969. My primary area of operation was from the Hai Van pass north of Danang to the southern edge of Hue and west to Laos including the Ashau valley. I saw numerous brown and reddish brown rock apes during that time. Many were in excess of 4 ft. and up to 300 lbs. They likely were never killed as silence was the rule in the jungle and it was imperative that we did no give away our position for fear of ambush,, mortars or, in the case of the Ashau valley, artillery rounds from neighboring Laos. Higher up wanted confirmed body counts not crypto sightings. Many rock ape sightings were unreported. This was a dense jungle in which encounters with Tigers, elephants, small monkeys, bamboo vipers, banded kraits and king Cobras occurred on occasions.

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About Craig Woolheater

Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005.

I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films:

OLN’s Mysterious Encounters: “Caddo Critter”, Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel’s Weird Travels: “Bigfoot”, History Channel’s MonsterQuest: “Swamp Stalker”, The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America’s Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror – Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


4 Responses to “Cryptomundian’s Vietnam Rock Ape Encounter”

  1. Fhqwhgads responds:

    Wow, he makes these things sound FAT. Of course, “in excess of 4 ft” could mean “7 ft” and “up to 300 lbs” could mean “200 lbs”, but the implication is of something more like 4.5 ft and 250 lbs.

  2. Goodfoot responds:

    ” Tigers, elephants, small monkeys, bamboo vipers, banded kraits and king Cobras”.

    Clearly not a fit place for human beings, and maybe not for rock apes.

  3. Fhqwhgads responds:

    @Goodfoot — You underestimate both apes and humans.

  4. Goodfoot responds:

    Fhqwhgads: Fair enough. REASONABLE humans and apes, then. 😉




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