Snow Walker: Best Bigfoot Video Evidence Ever or Hoax?
If Bigfoot is Real, Where is the Evidence?
The Snow Walker video is one of the most controversial pieces of Bigfoot evidence ever to surface. When the clip was first shown on national television it caused a tremendous sensation among cryptozoologists and ordinary folks alike.
The video seemed to solve a mystery many people have have wondered about, whether they'd admit it or not. Could Bigfoot be real, and was this finally the evidence that proved it?
Sasquatch and the Yeti have fascinated people for hundreds if not thousands of years. However, despite the best efforts of researchers, naturalists, and tin-hat wearing conspiracy theorists, little hard evidence exists.
Dedicated Bigfoot researchers and cryptozoologists comb the woods every day looking for this elusive and camera-shy cryptid, and continually come up disappointed. Though there are pictures out there and other evidence such as footprints and hair samples, none of it is conclusive. Pictures tend to be grainy and out of focus, and even seasoned investigators struggle to make sense of most of the evidence.
Video in particular is hard to come by. In recent years some interesting footage has surfaced, but still the best video so far came from a 1967 expedition when Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shot the now-famous video of a supposed female Sasquatch walking along a creek bed. This video, now called the Patterson Film, has been torn apart by skeptics over the decades, but many remain convinced it is an authentic image of a Bigfoot in its natural habitat.
The Patterson Film was the best we had, at least until the Snow Walker video surfaced. Though blurry and out of focus at times, the Snow Walker clip showed exactly what researchers had been looking for: a full body shot of a Bigfoot, in the open and in action. The circumstances claimed by the people who shot the footage made it highly unlikely that it would have been a hoax. It seemed undeniable that the proof was finally on the table.
The Patterson-Gimlin Footage
The Patterson Film
The Patterson Film (above) has long been regarded as the Holy Grail of Bigfoot evidence. Many experts in the fields of cryptozoology and primatology have vouched for it's authenticity, but just as many have sought to prove it a hoax.
Proponents have noted the creature's walking gate, defined musculature and body shape as evidence that this could not be a human in a suit. Some even point to the fact that, by it's anatomy, it's clear that the beast is female. It seems unlikely that a hoaxer would go through so much trouble.
On the other hand, detractors claim there is testimony by individuals who claim to have been involved in the hoax, as well as circumstantial evidence that alleged Bigfoot evidence hoaxer Ray Wallace may have been in on the prank.
Both sides continue to debate.
How much of the available Bigfoot "evidence" would you say is hoaxed?
Bigfoot Evidence on Paranormal Borderland
The Snow Walker video surfaced in 1996, and clearly showed a Yeti trudging through deep snow, somewhere in the remote wilderness. On the show Paranormal Borderland, which aired on the UPN network in 1996, it was revealed that a couple hiking in the Himalayas shot this footage in 1992.
As they made their hike up the mountain, they spotted and filmed what appeared to be an enormous, hairy hominid plodding through the snow and up a nearby mountainside, oblivious to the camera.
The Snow Walker video floored the Bigfoot research community, and a few top Bigfoot researchers released statements trumpeting their opinion that the footage must be real. The creature in the film was far too large to be a human, and the way it easily handled the deep snow showed it must be a Bigfoot. Besides, the couple was alone in the middle of nowhere. Who had time to throw on a monkey suit?
The reasoning was sound. The video was compelling, and thought by many to be the best Bigfoot evidence ever recorded. Without revealing the identity of those who had made the film it was impossible to verify where the footage was shot or get any perspective as to the size of the creature. But naturally it was reasonable that the couple would not want attention drawn to themselves, especially with the increasing popularity of the clip.
The Snow Walker footage, as it came to be called, became widely known as the most convincing documented Bigfoot sighting since the Patterson Film. But would it hold up under the same scrutiny the Patterson clip had endured over the years?
The Snow Walker Video
In the clip below you’ll see what first appears as nothing but a brown blur moving in the snow. Keep in mind that this footage was allegedly shot from far away, so the zoomed-in image is a little grainy.
As the video progresses, the outline of the creature becomes more evident, until it is it clear that it is large, fur-covered bipedal being of some kind. It sure looks like it could be Bigfoot, even down to the ape-like shape of the head. It's hard to tell if the gait is really human-like, as it's more or less wallowing in the snow through the whole clip.
It's also tough to gauge the actual size of the animal from the video. It does look large, but there is no point of reference. By some accounts, Yetis are several feet shorter than the North American Sasquatch, so it may not be that surprising if it appeared human-sized. And, of course, it could be a juvenile.
On the other hand, what does seem out of place is that it appears to be having a bit of trouble negotiating the terrain, which we presume is its natural environment. Would a Yeti really struggle so much in deep snow?
Maybe, in certain conditions, but remember that this clip is supposedly shot by human hikers who are managing to negotiate the same snowy landscape. How are they making it along okay, yet the Bigfoot is struggling?
Before you skip to the bottom of the page and find out if the clip is real or not, take a hard look at the video and decide what you think. Convincing, or not?
The Snow Walker Video
Does the Video Look Like Real Evidence of Bigfoot?
What do you think?
Real or Hoax?
Unfortunately, some things are too good to be true. After the cancellation of the show Paranormal Borderland, the Snow Walker footage was admitted to be an elaborate hoax created by the show's producers. Bigfoot enthusiasts were disappointed, and angry, and a few prominent researchers were left with egg on their face.
Remember, many researchers had made some fairly definitive statements about the film, claiming the obvious massive size of the creature and the validity of the video due to the remote location, among other things. It was one thing for the public to be fooled by Hollywood trickery, but it leaves us to wonder how even the experts could be so easily duped.
A similar situation occurred with the Surgeon’s Photo of the Loch Ness Monster. Taken in 1934, for decades this photo of ol’ Nessie puttering through the water was widely considered the best picture of the creature ever shot. Sixty years later, one of the conspirators admitted to the fake in a deathbed confession. Nessie was actually a toy submarine attached to a phony figure they had built.
And it's certainly not the first or last Bigfoot hoax either. The difference is this was done by media people whom were trusted to present an accurate picture of reality to the public, or at least operated under the guise of such. So what does all of this tell us? Unfortunately, it paints a grim picture of the lengths people are willing to go to in order to make a buck.
It also makes us all look a little too gullible. Proof is sometimes not proof, and we can’t always believe what we see. When it comes to the mysteries of the world, until the evidence is undisputable, there is a good reason there will always be skeptics. We should know this.
On the other hand, is it really so bad to believe?