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In search of the Yeti

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In 1951, a British explorer named Eric Shipton looking for an alternative route up Mt. Everest found a footprint that appeared to be hominoid. He took a picture, and the mystery of the Yeti—a Sherpa word for “wild man”—cast a spell over the world. Daniel Taylor, author of Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery, has been searching for signs of this “Abominable Snowman” in the high Himalayas since he was a child.

Talking from his home in West Virginia, Taylor explains what he thinks made that human-like footprint, how his search eventually led to the creation of a national park, and why, in an age where we have become disconnected from nature, we have a deep need to believe in mysteries.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/yeti-abominable-snowman-bear-daniel-taylor/

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I'm not convinced it is a bear footprint.

To me it looks like two human footprints on top of each other, with the one on the right having slid a bit to the right, and the one on top, on the left, having a missing toe next to the big toe. If you are going to walk barefoot in the snow, you probably can expect to loose a toe now and then.

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The lower trace has sharply outlined boundaries, most likely it is an imprint of some object, not a foot.

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"What you’ve got to understand is that Eric was a joker. He was forever pulling practical jokes, fooling around in his quiet way. This footprint, see, he’s gone around it with his knuckles, shaped the toe, pressed in the middle. There’s no animal could walk with a foot like that! He made it up, and of course he was with Sen Tenzing who was as big a joker as Eric was. They pulled the trick, and Mike Ward just had to keep quiet and go along with it. We all knew, apart from Bill Murray maybe, but none of us could say, and Eric let it run and run. He just loved to wind people up that way…"

Interview recorded with Sir Edmund Hillary at the Travellers’ Club, 31 October 1984.

Source: Perrin, Jim (2013), Shipton & Tillman: The Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration. p.386
 

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On 8/19/2017 at 8:32 AM, Still Waters said:

In 1951, a British explorer named Eric Shipton looking for an alternative route up Mt. Everest found a footprint that appeared to be hominoid. He took a picture, and the mystery of the Yeti—a Sherpa word for “wild man”—cast a spell over the world.

 

Hollywood latched on quickly, releasing several abominable snowman movies in the years to follow:

Snow Creature - 1954

Man Beast - 1956

The Abominable snowman of the Himalayas - 1957

Half Human - 1958

 

 

 

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