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In search of the Yeti
The Yeti has lived in the Himalayas as a mystery for many years. Known as "the rock living animal" (Yah means rock and teh means animal) in Sherpa, and popularly known as "the abominable snowman" in the west, the sightings of Yeti have been reported since the late 1800s.
In 1889, a British army major named L. A. Waddell found large footprints in the snow in northeastern Himalayas.
In 1921, a British expedition team climbing Mount Everest noticed a dark figure moving on the snow at an altitude of 17,000 feet. The Sherpas travelling with the British expedition called it "metoh-kangmi" and translated by Tibetans as "abominable snowman."
In 1925, an expedition led by a Greek photographer N. A. Tombazi noticed a human-like creature about 300 yards away. The creature disappeared before Tombazi could take a picture.
Captain d'Auvergue, the curator of the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, India, reported an encounter of the Yeti in 1938. He was snow-blinded while travelling in the Himalayas. He was rescued by what he thought to be a nine foot tall Yeti that nursed him before he could return by himself.
British mountaineers Eric Shipton and Michael Ward took some of the best pictures of "the footprints of the Yeti" in 1951. Each footprint was thirteen to eighteen inches long. The picture on the left, published in the UK Times on December 6, 1951, was taken by this expedition team.
Several expeditions were mobilized to search for this elusive creature which was thought to be a huge ape-like animal. One of the expeditions included that of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to summit Mount Everest. His expedition of 1960-1961 did not find any evidence of Yeti's existence.
The Sherpas living in the high Himalayas believe in the existence of the Yeti. They say that the Yeti can make itself invisible and appear at will.
Nobody has yet encountered the Yeti face to face. Various incidents reported by several expedition teams have left the mystery of Yeti more than just a fairy tale. The existence of yeti remains inconclusive to this day.
Regardless of what you believe, if you would like to have a little fun with Yetis, then Bobby J suggests that you try the site http://www.legendofyeti.com/
Oh, and by the way, if any of you have ever come face to face with a Yeti, then send Bobby J a picture of it, and he'll include it on this site. Even if you are not a Rembrandt or a Picasso's, Bobby J will be glad to hear from you.