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Abominable Science!Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids$
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Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.001.0001

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The Yeti

The Yeti

The Abominable Snowman

(p.72) 3 The Yeti
Abominable Science!

Daniel Loxton

Donald R. Prothero

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the Yeti of the Himalayas. The name Yeti is the mispronunciation of the Sherpa name for the creature, Yeh-teh (animal of rocky places), or possibly a derivation of Meh-teh (man-bear). The odd and inappropriate name Abominable Snowman originally derived from the Everest Reconnaissance Expedition led by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Howard-Bury in 1921, which was one of the first groups to scout a route for an attempt to climb Mount Everest. Ascending past 20,000 feet of elevation, Howard-Bury and his team were surprised to find tracks in the snow that looked like a human foot. Their Sherpa guides “at once jumped to the conclusion” that it “was the track of a wild, hairy man, and that these men were occasionally to be found in the wildest and most inaccessible mountains.”

Keywords:   Yeti, Himalayas, Yeh-teh, Meh-teh, man-bear, Abominable Snowman, Everest Reconnaissance Expedition, Charles Howard-Bury, Mount Everest

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