(English) Raise a Glass of Tintoralba’s Altitude to the Abominable Snowman’s Health
My first and fondest memories of the Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, are of the white-furred, blue-faced monster on the 1964 claymation version of “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that now plays every Christmas in the United States. He is a cantankerous, misunderstood loner, who eventually becomes a loveable member of Rudolf’s team. This endearing hypothermic and cuddly depiction of the legendary bi-ped said to inhabit the Himalayas is certainly one to cherish, but is the real Abominable Snowman as darling?
Most sane people would be quick to say that the Yeti, also known as Migou by Himalayan lamas, is only the stuff of Christmas claymation, but now it would appear there is proof that he is very much icy skin and bone. Or so says a team of Japanese adventurers, who claim to have found a 20 centimeter long footprint that “looked like a human’s.”
This proof – of questionable validity – was found on the team’s third trek up the mountains to find irrefutable evidence of the creature’s existence. This time, they spent 42 days on the Dhaulagiri IV peak at 7661m, where they say they’ve seen the Yeti in the past, but thus far they’ve been unable to capture it on film.
“We remain convinced it is real. The footprints and the stories the locals tell make us sure that it is not imaginary,” said Yoshiteru Takahashi, the leader of the Yeti Project Japan. He described the Yeti he saw from 200 meters away as “walking on two legs like a human and looked about 150cm tall.” Call me a skeptic, but might that not have been an actual human?
The soaring, snow-capped altitudes surely hide many mysteries. Could one of them be evolution’s missing link? Sure. Why not? Anything is possible. If we can make an amazing wine with grapes grown at 1,100 meters above sea level, why shouldn’t there be a white wooly cousin of the orangutan running around the Himalayas? As long as he doesn’t move to Spain and start stealing our grapes, we’re happy to raise a glass of Altitude to his health.
Justine Bayod Espoz