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If Bigfoot Is Real, Where Is the Evidence?
The Snow Walker video was 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 appeared to solve a mystery many people 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 they 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 people remain convinced it is an authentic image of a Bigfoot.
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 Bigfoot is real 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 its authenticity, 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 its 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.
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.
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As they made their way up the mountain, they spotted and filmed what appeared to be an enormous, hairy hominid plodding through the snow on 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 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.
However, what does seem out of place is that it appears to be having a lot 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?
Does the Video Look Like Real Evidence of Bigfoot?
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 who 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. The 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 indisputable, there is a good reason there will always be skeptics.
Bob on April 15, 2020:
A guy in a suit with extended arms, unable to navigate the snow. Yes, the fact that the photographers refuse to identify themselves, makes this "really so bad to believe."
Jerry on September 24, 2018:
It is just as likely that the producers of the show lied about it being a hoax. They were ordered to do so by their 'masters', because this video had created too much of a stir.
Ewok Rugs on July 21, 2018:
FaZe_HaZe on August 01, 2017:
awesome hub cryptid i love the effort put in to this site. the video looks pretty scary how he looks at the camera!
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 30, 2014:
This sure does look like a real Bigfoot. I find it curious that the original video, which was very clear, cannot be found at this time.
Dee bee 721 on December 29, 2014:
Too bad in a world filled with such advanced technology, not one person has produced a credible photo/video that could be remotely considered as authentic. You'd think that with all the "sightings", hair samples, eyewitnesses, something concrete has yet to be revealed. I guess DNA from these physical encounters just muddies the waters even further. If they exist, we may find out in the next 100 years, maybe.
Blackspaniel1 on December 12, 2014:
I is an interesting open question as to whether or not Big Foot exists. The popularity of the topic comes and goes.
lou garou on October 12, 2014:
How sad that when even the very creators of a hoax admit to it, there are those still cling to desparate belief.
Um, before the advent of the internet, which i could have sworn occurred BEFORE the 1990s (oh no, another crytid: 'ancient' internet! - could it be real?) there were other means of dissemination, including one primitive form known as 'television'. Similar to the web, but disseminated at the choosing of 'broadcast companies', instead of individually looking it up on you tube. Thus EVERYONE saw the Paterson film at the SAME TIME. From television shows, documentaries, news, etc., we primitive humans not only watched such videos, but WE DID IT EN MASSE. Add to that radio, newspapers, theaters..., the Paterson film was well known before 1996. In fact it was more widely known and believed by more of US cavemen back then than today, when it is more widely dismissed.
Just ask mom and dad.
cryptid (author) from USA on September 18, 2014:
You're not crazy, Shaun, and you present some very intriguing ideas. Thanks for offering some interesting food for thought!
Shaun11b on September 17, 2014:
Hi all. First let me apologize for any grammar issues that I might make. I believe that anyone who has an interest in this aspect of our world more then likely has a slightly higher intelligence then some. We have to be objective when researching whatever it is we are interested in. We can not see the world as black and white. It's not that easy. This footage was supposedly taken in 1992. That was a very different world from today. Yes there was the technology to create a hoax. But in 1992 the people who were into Sasquatch and who had knowledge of footage like the Patterson film were very few. The internet even in 1996 was very limited. The object in question has some very unhuman characteristics. Look at the skull, how it seems to have a very distinct ridge just like a great ape as well as the length of the arms compared to the rest of the body. Just because the shows producers said it was a hoax to me means nada. Who's to say these creatures are possibly being protected and any evidence is intentionally being deemed a hoax. Maybe the producers were told to call it a hoax. It wouldn't matter either way. The population is trained to see the world how they are told to see it and it wouldn't matter how much video evidence is out there, people will say its fake. I say so what, we do not need the nod of approval from a majority of people who have a room temp iq. Looks real to me. I don't just believe, I know these creatures exist and that in itself to me is amazing. This whole world we live on and everything about it is incredible. Everything we think we know about us, about life and about our world is pretty much bs to keep an established doctrine in place . Or maybe I'm just really really crazy
cryptid (author) from USA on February 24, 2014:
Hi John. I try to avoid using words like "believe" when it comes to this stuff. In the article I meant it as more of a philosophical thing, but maybe it was a poor choice of words. Belief implies I'm trusting in something on faith, which is fine for religion but not for science. For the Yeti and Bigfoot and many other cryptids, I would say there is enough compelling evidence to merit further exploration. So, my assessment is, based on the available evidence and testimony, yes, I think there is a possibility the Yeti / Bigfoot may exist. Hope that makes sense!
john on February 23, 2014:
what is your personal opinion crypid do u believe in the yeti
cryptid (author) from USA on April 06, 2013:
Thanks for your comment, Joe. Yeah, even though there seems to be some great evidence in recent years, advances in technology make Bigfoot hoaxes more likely too. The one thing the Patterson Film has going for it is that back they weren't as advanced in hollywood-type makeup and effects, and there was no widely-available computer software for faking images.
Joe on April 05, 2013:
Up to now, in my opinion, only the Patterson/Gimlin films looks legit.
cryptid (author) from USA on February 01, 2013:
It does look pretty convincing, but the crew who did it admitted it was faked. I feel sorry for the dude they made slog through the snow in a gorilla suit! :-)
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on February 01, 2013:
It looks like it could be a real bigfoot. I give a lot of credibility to the bfro.org and they have determined they believe this snow walker is a hoax.
cryptid (author) from USA on November 15, 2012:
Thanks Jenn-Anne. When I first saw this snow walker footage, back when it first aired, I was floored. Unfortunately it was a big hoax, and it really does make you cautious of any other "evidence" floating around out there.
Jenn-Anne on November 14, 2012:
Interesting hub! While I believe it is possible that a large ape could be living in cooler climates in the northern hemisphere, it will take more than sketchy footage and strange sounds in the woods at night to prove it. Still, like Fox Mulder, "I want to believe." Voted up!
cryptid (author) from USA on May 26, 2012:
Thanks flashmakeit. A mountain gorilla walking through a snowstorm in the Himalaya may be even more interesting than the Yeti!
flashmakeit from usa on May 26, 2012:
Well defined article on the snow walker which to me looks like a mountain gorilla walking through a snowstorm.
cryptid (author) from USA on April 20, 2012:
Thanks mythbuster. I think the end of the video is better than the beginning, but you're right that it's hard to make out.
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on April 19, 2012:
Nice hub, CRYPTID. Whatever is in the video footage looks like a big creature but it is hard for the viewer to see any finer details.