Hunt For The Abominable Snowman

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 3rd, 2011

National Geographic Channel has begun their “Expedition Week,” and on April 4th, Monday, they broadcast “Hunt For The Abominable Snowman”.

Hunt For The Abominable Snowman

Here is what their promotional material says: “Across the Himalayas are stories of the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Half man, half ape, the Yeti is said to roam only the most remote peaks, where people rarely venture. Now, veteran explorer and climber Gerry Moffatt sets out to find proof in a hunt that will test his stamina. As conventional scientific theories challenge ancient beliefs and credible witnesses, he works to separate fact from fiction and find hard evidence that the legend is real.”

But as you can see from the trailer, this program will be also about the recent reports of Bigfoot/Sasquatch in Colorado and Wyoming.

For more about Moffatt, see here.

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Hunt For The Abominable Snowman”

  1. MrInspector responds:

    Thanks Loren, I would have completely missed this one. I’ll set my DVR now.

  2. Ulysses responds:

    Likewise: Thanks for the HEAD’S UP on this program Loren! It was a good program but not great! I loved the idea of talking to the natives and allowing them an audience on both continents but it fell short again I think due to time constraints. As with some of the other shows about cryptids, too little time is actually spent on location. And why as the show was almost over did the host explain Dr. Meldrum’s theory about the foot prints only being used as a gateway from one spot to another? If that was the case, why scale the mountain when the obvious terrain with sustainability is the spot to be? The track sequence was nicely done but disappointing to the fans I think. It was probably a snow leopard but as do we all, I wish it was more.

    We need another Tom Slick to really explore this.

    Pat Spain? You can do this pal!

  3. Rob008 responds:

    It was a good show, but not a great one. It didn’t really offer anything new to the Yeti legend. I didn’t see anything on this show that I hadn’t see on SyFy’s Destination Truth. It would be nice to see more of the actual expedition than the prep time. the host could have interviewed more witnesses and checked out more than one area, he had the right equipment. I would have went to where Josh Gates found the footprints.

  4. shownuff responds:

    I saw this last night. I had no idea that ape hair and goat hair look so similar. It was not that there was a conspiracy in the DNA genetics department, but back when the hair of the Yeti scalp was analyzed there was not that great of technology.

    I liked how Dr. Meldrum’s and the other guy, I forget his name I apologize, looked at the photographs of the hair. They have seen how easy it was to make a mistake.

    There was a lot I liked about this Documentary. It’s so cool, that I had seen this last night I come on this site and there you guys are, having a thread or post about it.

    Awesome. It’s good.

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    The program was rather simplistic as far as many parts of the Yeti story.

    The 1950s saw British and American expeditions encountering the skullcaps. While the British expeditions of 1952-1954 listened closely and heard that the skullcaps were made “in imitation” of Yetis, this fact was forgotten by some of the late 1950s and early 1960s expeditions.

    The scandal of how the Slick-Johnson Snowman Expedition (1959) switched the Yeti hand with human bones and how the Hillary expedition (1960) treated the skullcap that was clearly serow as that of a Yeti with the media continues to influence modern programs.

    The serows are six species of medium-sized goat-like or antelope-like mammals of the genus Capricornis. They are not goats, per se, and any statements about them must be carefully viewed as television dumbing down.

  6. gridbug responds:

    Watched this earlier today and found it to be a refreshingly “mature” take on this subject matter as opposed to the usual ADD-afflicted quick cuts, cheesy “what’s gonna happen” music cues, cheap manufactured “what was that!?” scares, overly dramatic dramatizations and too-clever-for-their-own-good hosts. Moffatt was down to earth and grounded, which was a nice change of pace (like an older, more world-weary version of Pat Spain) and the aesthetic the production had was excellent, very old school NatGeo. Would definitely welcome more such installments from this team.


  7. rmvass responds:

    Just an observation on the tracks probably being made by a snow leopard by Dr. Meldrum. Where’s the tail? In the brief clip shown of a snow leopard the cat has a long heavy tail, it would seem to me you could see evidence of it dragging in the snow. I realize that’s just stock footage, but in deep snow such as one would find in that location I would think the tail would leave drag marks in the snow.

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