The Yeti , also known as the ‘Abominable Snowman,’ has always fascinated me.
In researching the creature, I was excited by the fact that stories about it go back many thousands of years, to ancient Shamanistic beliefs, long before the advent of modern religions, or our present day Societies.
For the people of the region the Yeti has always been a real living, mysterious creature.
However, it is fair to Say the legend of the Yeti is not without controversy.
Physical evidence such as scalps and mummified hands, and anecdotal sightings of eyewitness observations have all been interpreted in different ways by supporters and skeptics.
The Nepalese recognize two different types of Snowman – in their tongue “Yeh-teh.” The “dzu-the” and the “meh-teh.”
The Dzu-teh is generally thought to be a bear — I would venture the one that Dr. Bryan Sykes DNA tested that made the newspapers world-wide recently — while the Meh-teh is the man-like beast of legend that the rest of us are more familiar with.
In January 2009, I was asked to film a two part show for the popular television series on cryptozoology, “Monster Quest” entitled “The Abominable Snowman.”
In the previous October, a Japanese mountaineer named “Kuniaki Yahihara” had found alleged Yeti tracks on the slopes of Konanaban Khola. So it was to that region of Nepal that we headed off to further investigate his find.
Ultimately, the team split into two groups, with Ian Redmond O.B.E concentrating on the lower elevation forest, whilst I and the rest of the team made the ascent up the Mountain.
That was dangerous on occasion, as it included the traverse of a treacherous ridge. We were fortunate to dodge an avalanche which would have undoubtedly killed us like the tragedy that took the lives of American climbers recently.
Although we found no definitive physical evidence of the Yeti, I was persuaded that the Eco-System could support such a creature. The difference in the abundance of flora and Fauna between areas with and without human population was most striking. There was plenty for the Yeti to live on I concluded.
The Yeti would, however, be very hard to track because of the terrain, and the remoteness of the areas it is said to exist in.
The eyewitness reports of this solitary, powerful creature, going back so many centuries are impressive and persuasive. Thus, I plan a return expedition to conduct a more thorough investigation. Stay tuned . . .