August 16, 1997 -- Bill Kingsly sent an interesting article from the London Daily Mail, Aug
16, 1997. World Famous Italian mountain climber Reinhold Messner, 53,
has seen and photographed a Yeti. Messner is noted as being the first
climber to ascend Everest without oxygen, and has climbed all 14 of the
worlds highest mountains...meaning, he doesnt need publicity.
He is writing a book about the Yeti that should be published in a couple
of years, and is sitting on his photographs and video film until then.
He bought a castle in the Italian Alps where he hopes to establish
a Yeti museum.
In 1986 he and his team were in eastern Tibet and tracked 16 footprints
of the Yeti. Ten years
later in June of 1996, he bought a Yeti skeleton from nomads on the Plain
of Ladakh, at 6,000 feet
between Pakistan and India. Searching seriously then for the creature,
he was able to film the
backside of a mother Yeti and her young as they retreated. The black furred
mother was two
meters tall (6-7 feet), and the young one was a bright red color. Continuing
their search, two days later, they filmed a sleeping Yeti. Closing to
within 20 yards to film the creature, they observed it for three minutes.
Then it woke up, stared at them in confusion, and walked away, close enough
touch, into the forest.
Messner asserts the yeti lives to be about 30 years of age and that the yeti communicates
by whistling, lives on Yaks and Sheep (though there are very few reported
missing), the area northeast of Everest consists of valleys that are incredibly
remote and almost impossible to travel in.
It is thickly forested and
would provide ample food and shelter. Messner believes there are about
1000 Yeti living in the Himalayas. They are only noted above snowline
as they cross from valley to valley. These possible survivors of Neanderthal
Man may have retreated to Central Asia 38,000 years ago. Dr. Karl Schuker,
a British zoologist that studies the Yeti, said sightings have been reported
over 1,400 miles of the Himalayas, from Pakistan to India, Tibet and Burma.
We can only hope that this foremost Himalayan climber, Reinhold Messner,
will get his book
published without delay so the world can examine his Yeti evidence.
Article credit Ray Crowe 1997
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