Graham Hoyland, the climber who was responsible for finding the body of George Mallory on Mount Everest, has been on another quest. On an expedition to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan he found and filmed footprints of the mythical yeti in a part of the country which has never before been visited by Western explorers. In a lost valley near the unclimbed mountain Gangkar Punsum he believes he was stalked by the creature, a beast so unspeakably powerful that locals says it can kill a yak with one savage blow of its fist.
Hoyland hunts back through climbing literature and hears tales of the yeti from Sherpas who report that they are seven feet tall and covered with brownish hair. They have toes behind their feet, which make them confusing to track. The males have a long fringe of hair over their eyes and the females have enormous pendulous breasts which they sling over their shoulders when they run after humans.
As in his previous best-selling mountain book Last Hours on Everest (William Collins 2013) Hoyland explores the literary hinterland behind the legend. He also hunts for the Yeti’s American cousin Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and her African relative Mokèlé-Mbèmbé and then asks: what leads mankind to the belief in monsters, and what happens when we are confronted with the brutal creatures of our nightmares?
Read more in Yeti: An Abominable History out in Spring 2018. Click here to pre-order the book on Amazon.