Hunt For The Yeti: Unmasking the Myth

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 27th, 2016


Expedition Unknown: Hunt For The Yeti – “Unmasking the Myth” airs tonight on the Travel Channel at 11:00 PM Central.

Also airs:

Saturday, October 29 @ 10c
Sunday, October 30 @ 9c
Monday, October 31 @ 12c

In the finale of Josh Gates’ hunt for the Yeti, he rafts into the remotest corners of Bhutan to capture some of his best evidence yet of the reclusive creature. Then, Josh returns to the USA, where all of his samples are analyzed to answer the question…is the Yeti real?

Join Josh Gates as he sets off on a quest to find the Yeti, a legendary man-ape living in the high altitude of the Himalayas. During this mother of all hunting expeditions, Josh meets with world-renowned researchers and daring explorers as he follows up on history’s most credible accounts, gains access to ancient artifacts and investigates the most recent sightings of the so-called Abominable Snowman.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

4 Responses to “Hunt For The Yeti: Unmasking the Myth”

  1. KnuckleHead responds:

    Thought that skull cap was proven to be goat hide, and the yeti hand was a bear paw. I remember them being tested in the past or am I thinking of something else. Everything they came across in this series of show adds up to bear prints hope the casts are released and studied and come up unknown. But all in all I like his shows.

  2. thescaly1 responds:

    Indeed, KnuckleHead, the results of previous investigations have not dimmed the excitement of the myth, it still grips people, including new generations.
    The lack of critical thinking skills and the gullibility of so many in this world … it saddens me.

  3. twig responds:

    I read Peter Mathiessen’s autobiographical book ‘The Snow Leopard’ recently. It’s the story of his trek with a zoologist, George Schaller, in 1973, to the most remote parts of Eastern Nepal, on the Tibetan border, to study Blue Himalayan sheep. It’s detail completely periphery to his story, but he talks about how he may have glimpsed a Yeti, that Nepalese in both Western & Eastern Nepal talk about Yeti as just another animal in their world, as fact, not myth. The villagers talk about Yeti being common before widespread poisoned grain campaigns by the villagers 30 yrs earlier to stop Yeti raiding their crops. Peter Mathiessen also talks about seeing tapestries depicting Yeti in a very remote monastery that were centuries old, with 3 other remote Western Nepalese monastries known to have Yeti tapestries. The detail in that book made me rethink Yeti’s existence, yet I don’t think he had any agenda to prove that they do. He was simply presenting a very isolated cultures understanding of the natural world

  4. gigmaster responds:

    DNA testing of hair samples from Bhutan have confirmed that the Yeti is a hybrid of brown bear, and a type of indigenous polar bear thought to have been extinct for around 40,000 years. Apparently, the polar bear has other ideas….. The testing was done at Oxford university by Bryan Sykes, a human genetics professor, and his colleagues, in 2014.

    A more recent study supposedly done at the University of Copenhagen by unnamed researchers have disputed these result, stating that the samples were from a Common Himalayan Brown Bear, however no link to the actual study has been provided. An internet search did pull up an abstract (DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.487.9176 March 2015) written by Elicier Guttierez, University of Brasilia, and Ronald H. Pine, University of Kansas. The University of Copenhagen is not mentioned anywhere in the citation. Upon reading the abstract, neither of the researchers actually analyzed any of the physical hair samples, and simply read Sykes report, and made their own conclusions. So my money is on Sykes study until someone actually has physical evidence that refutes it, or can at least demonstrate an actual error in Sykes study.

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