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YETI LEGEND UND WIRKLICHKEIT [YETI: LEGEND AND REALITY] 1998 1st German ed Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by Reinhold Messner
By Messner, Reinhold
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Germany, 1998, 1st German edition. 254 pp, 100+ color photos, maps. In German. New Hardcover with dust jacket.

SIGNED by Reinhold Messner.

Messner has written perhaps the definitive treatise on the Yeti of the Himalaya, and claims to have solved the riddle. He actually saw one himself. 

Universally acknowledged as the greatest living mountain climber, Messner was the first to reach the top of Mount Everest without the use of oxygen, the first to ascend all of the world's 14 highest peaks. Reinhold Messner is without peer in his knowledge of the Himalayas. In 1986, during a solo climb in eastern Tibet, Messner confronted the greatest terror of his career - not a looming rockface or bottomless ice crevasse or murderous blizzard; this terror was alive. A creature had crossed his path, a creature of such proportions and agility that it defied reason and category. For the next few hours Messner saw it repeatedly, disappearing, reappearing, both chilling his marrow and thrilling him with the sudden yet burning conviction that he had found living proof of a legend.

The first human to climb Everest without bottled oxygen, and the first to summit the world's 14 highest peaks, Messner is a legend in mountaineering circles. How appropriate, then, that he should take on another legend associated with mountains - the Yeti, or the Abominable Snowman. Messner's quest to uncover the truth behind the legend begins in July 1986, in Tibet, where, at night, deep in that country's eastern wilderness, he encounters something: 'the creature towered menacingly, its face a gray shadow, its body a black outline. Covered with hair, it stood upright on two short legs and had powerful arms.'
 
On and off for the next 11 years, Messner undertakes expeditions through Tibet and Bhutan in search of that creature. In time, he learns to distinguish between the myth of the yeti ('a collective term for all the monsters of the Himalayas, real or imagined') and the animal on which the myth is based, which he realizes is known throughout the region as the chemo or dremo, and which he concludes is a type of brown bear (Ursus arctus), which he observes several times. That conclusion will disappoint readers looking for evidence of a missing link or humanoid bigfoot, but even so there's plenty of high adventure in the book, as Messner treks across snowy wastelands, gets lost, gets arrested, sleeps in smoky tents and under the stars--and describes both the history of yeti research and the ongoing eradication of Tibetan culture at the hands of Chinese invaders. An engaging blend of travelogue and cryptozoological inquiry, this book will make a great campfire read.

For over 20 years Reinhold Messner has been obsessed with the secret of the Yeti, the Himalayan creature of legend, who in the West became infamously known as the abominable snowman. Rather than fruitless speculation, Messner - the first person to climb Mount Everest without oxygen and the first to climb all 14 of the world's tallest peaks - provides his own first hand account. He begins by recounting his own terrifying run-ins with the Yeti - while hiking alone in remote parts of Nepal - and how they led to his determination to solve their mystery through subsequent expeditions. This is an account of a quest, taking readers on hair-raising climbs through Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, Northern India, and even Tibet - where Messner was a fugitive from Chinese authorities.


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