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My Quest for the Yeti: Confronting the Himalayas' Deepest Mystery

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In a terrifying moment during a solo climb in eastern Tibet, renowned mountaineer Reinhold Messner confronted a large unidentifiable creature that moved upright with astonishing agility. Convinced that he had found living proof of a legend, Messner began a quest to the remote monasteries and isolated villages of Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Tibet, seeking an answer to a myste ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 20th 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 1998)
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Reinhold Messner is a mountain climber who has spent a lot of time in the Himalayas, which makes his account of seeing a mysterious creature in a remote valley of eastern Tibet in 1986 compelling and believable. Over the years he continues exploring to determine just what he saw that day, separating myth from the actual flesh and blood animals he becomes convinced are the basis for the yeti legend. He also makes an interesting point about legendary creatures and wilderness: “Without wilderness t ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to believe. Those who can't disbelieve.
Yeti...Bigfoot...Sasquatch...Abominable Snowman...The Missing Link...

Does this Wild Brother and Sister of Mankind really exist? Did they ever? Could they still live on in some remote, hidden fold of the planet? Is another rare species hanging onto existence by it's last strands of DNA?

I've wanted to believe since I was a kid. Slowly, as I get older my beliefs have fallen away. No unicorns, Easterbunny...dragons...Santa...mermaids. I still have hope for elves and fairies and UFOs.

But let's get ba
Mark Mitten
Reinhold Messner...a name that I exclusively associate with his mountaineering accomplishments. Or did, until I saw this title.

The man is a living legend in the climbing community. He was the first to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1978, something up till then thought to be impossible. He went on to be the 1st to top out on all 14 of the world's peaks standing over 8000 meters. Many biographers call him the greatest mountaineer of his generation, which is probably true. And that's
This is a super short book so an easy read. It helped that I've been to the Himalaya (or at least the foothills) so I was able to visualize some of the scenery and people he described. I wasn't enthralled by the book though.
The author, a famed Italian mountain climber, details his search through the Himalayas for the elusive Yeti. Messner believes the Yeti legend is based on a real animal, a rare species of bear. Messner encountered this type of bear on one of his many hikes through the region. One doesn't have to be interested in cryptozoology to enjoy this book. Messner's hiking experiences, his relations with Tibetan peoples, the history of Tibet and China's takeover of it, all make for interesting reading and g ...more
Yeti hunter/madman
this guy has climbed handfuls of the world's tallest mountains, multiple times and often with no oxygen. really second to none in his knowledge of mountains, especially in the himalayas. He's climbed nearly every mountain in this region! possibly from lack of oxygen something happens which Messner can not explain while on a solo hike through Buhtan. He then devotes the next years of his life to explain this encounter with Bigfoot. Myths, legend and theory all intertwine. I'm a
Was an interesting book on a myth/legend that has always fascinated me. Very eye opening to different cultures that all have belief in the yeti. he comes to his conclusion that not being there myself I can definitely believe in and I trust his vast knowlegde of the area and the people that what he saw and believes is what he wrote.

Interesting read, not for everyone.
Feb 08, 2008 Graham rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Climber, philosophers, yetii
Quick read. Acceptably written. The best contribution of the book is merger of Eastern and Western thoughts in general and on the Yeta mystery to come up with reasonable answer to their existance. If you want to know where to find a Yeti read this book. If you want to know how to reconcile Eastern adn Western thoughts read this book.
Great subject ...... the start and finishing chapters held my attention and was well written but the middle chapters lost me a bit as it rambled on aimlessly but overall a good read and educational as well............oh and I should probably add half a star just because he has a such a cool name. !!!!!!!!
Hywel Owen
Hugely interesting book, let down by the slightly haphazard structure and odd translation into English. However, Messner is a climber, not a writer, so that can be excused. If you like climbing or are interested in the Himalayas you should definitely read this book.
I liked this book! I'm a Messner fan and his pursuit of the truth impressed me; so did his humility. If you like climbing, trekking, Nepal and the environ, lore, tradition, science, and more, you'll like My Quest for the Yeti.
What can I say? Tales of the abominable Snowman has fascinated me since childhood.
Probably the best book ever written on the Yeti/Sasquatch phenomena.
there be yetis! by the expert of his field
Good insight into Sherpa culture.
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Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer and explorer from South Tyrol, often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time. He is renowned for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level). He is the author of at least 6 ...more
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