Like Bigfoot, the Yeti’s existence originally became known to the Western world through the finding of its footprints. As early as 1921, Colonel C. K. Howard-Bury found a series of tracks while on an expedition to climb Mount Everest. The tracks were remarkable because they resembled bare human footprints; but they were found at a height of over 20,000 feet. Howard-Bury’s native guides told him they belonged to the ‘metch-kangmi,’ or ‘disgusting snowman’ – and thus was the legend of the Abominable Snowman born.
A famous photograph of a Yeti print – shown alongside a ice-axe to indicate size – was taken by climber Eric Shipton in 1951, at approximately 22,000 feet. Few actual Yeti sightings have been reported; however, several skull caps, reputedly those of the elusive creature, have been put forward as authentic by the local villagers who hope to profit thereby.