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

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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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Mark Mitten
Apr 01, 2013 Mark Mitten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mountaineering
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
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Karen Grikitis
Dec 10, 2016 Karen Grikitis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of one man's attempt to get to the truth of the yeti myth. Having encountered a tall, biped creature unlike he'd every seen before in Tibet in 1986, Reinhold Messner was convinced he had seen a new species. Was this the yeti of legend, half man half ape? Over the following fifteen or so years he returned again and again to explore the region. There he talked to nomads, priests and sherpas. They spoke of 'chemo', an elusive omnivore which stood seven feet tall on its hind legs ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  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
This is a very misleading title which makes you thinbk that he had an encounter with a Sasquatch/Bigfoot type monster and then went looking for more. That is NOT what this book is about.

He is clear that what he saw was an animal not a legendary monster. He believes he saw a rare bear and spends the book looking for this bear which sometimes appears in local zoos, and is seen often in the mountains. The book is him asking questions about these bears, talking about local legends, seeing footprints
Aug 16, 2014 Christiane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mar 06, 2016 Elena rated it liked it
Pretty cool book about mountaineering, not the cryptozoology epic I thought it was gonna be. He's pretty clear that he doesn't want to indulge in the Yeti myth and so he tries to find a new species to pin the zoological origin of the myth on. Its pretty easy to read and short, but anti-climactic, with not enough in depth focus on the yeti myth outside of what he can pin on the chemo species, and tantalizing descriptions of climbing and himalayan mountain rural life that I would have loved to hav ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Miles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2010 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2009 Devo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 13, 2013 Grant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. !!!!!!!!
Feb 08, 2008 Graham rated it liked it  ·  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.
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.
Jul 13, 2012 jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Oct 19, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight into Sherpa culture.
Apr 11, 2009 Giulio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book ever written on the Yeti/Sasquatch phenomena.
Jan 12, 2008 Marilyn rated it liked it
What can I say? Tales of the abominable Snowman has fascinated me since childhood.
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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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