Yeti Talk on August 15th: “I Solved The Mystery.”

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 15th, 2012

A veteran of more than 100 expeditions to the Himalayan Mountains will speak on how he solved the mystery of the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, at the Northeast Harbor Library in Bar Harbor, Maine, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Dr. Daniel Taylor will speak and show slides at 6 p.m.

Some animal has been making mysterious footprints in Himalayan snows for one hundred years. What was making these footprints, regularly photographed and never explained?

Dr. Taylor spent three decades trying to figure out these footprints, then realized that they were always made by an animal going uphill. From that insight, the mystery was solved. As Bill Garrett, former Editor of National Geographic Magazine said, Dr. Taylor’s “on-site research sweeps away much of the ‘smoke and mirrors’ and gives us a believable yeti.”

For his work that extended beyond the Mt. Everest ecosystem, leading to success in protecting an area equal to England, Scotland, and Wales of Himalayan wilderness, he was knighted by the King of Nepal, made Honorary Professor of Quantitative Ecology by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and decorated with the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 207-276-3333.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

9 Responses to “Yeti Talk on August 15th: “I Solved The Mystery.””

  1. Ulysses responds:

    I’m afraid we’ll not get the answer we are looking for here. I believe the “melting and re-freezing tracks” explanation from Sir Edmund Hilary will once again abound along with either the culprit being the snow leopard or Langur monkey leaving the actual tracks. Whatever the explanation is, the reality or suspicion of without empirical evidence just won’t do. We need a real, true to life wild man or woman if it was up to me! Anything else just will not do.

  2. biggus responds:

    interesting. Will the lecture be available afterward for streaming or download?

  3. Goodfoot responds:

    So.. “always walks uphill”, or some such… on a stairway to the stars, I suppose. Interesting choice of a creature walking, much more plausibly, DOWNHILL! Where do all these people come from, anyway?

  4. RandyS responds:

    Ulysses, if we’re looking for a particular answer, then I’d say we’re not looking for the truth.

  5. marcodufour responds:

    Too easy to explain away without any evidence, much harder to prove methinks. I have always thought go into the valleys, forests, valleys etc where the food would be readily available for these creatures, the tracks in the snow would to me only make sense if these creatures are climbing the peaks to go down into the valleys etc to get food as there are not too many calories in ice.

  6. MountDesertIslander responds:

    I just returned from Dr. Taylor’s lecture at the Northeast Harbor Library. The talk was billed as an expose on the Himalayan Yeti. As such the room was absolutely packed to overflowing (50+) by an assortment of the very young and more seasoned individuals alike. This was a remarkable turnout for such a fabulous Maine summer evening.

    The lecture began at 6:03 and by 6:09 Dr. Taylor pronounced that there was absolutely no physical evidence for sasquatch, the Patterson/Gimlin film is an acknowledged hoax, and that the Yeti footprints were nothing more than those of an Asiatic black bear. Lest there be any doubt, this was not going to be a talk on the Yeti.

    The presentation then progressed to a dissertation on how, after 30 years of searching for his own fresh Yeti prints, he found a set of prints and began the process of unravelling the secret by studying the footprints and feet of juvenile black bears that live in the bamboo forests at the base of Everest. Even though his photos bore little resemblance to the original Yeti tracks photographed in 1951, his talk was well crafted, interesting and complete with photos of the wonderful Nepalese landscape. Judging by the unrest exhibited by the younger members of the audience, this, however, was not what they had come to see. They had been had by the classic bait and switch. The poor kids indeed have so much to learn about how the adult world works.

    The summation of the presentation centered on the idea of conservation of the Everest region by means of creating people friendly national parks by the nations of India, Nepal, and China. Dr. Taylor’s creditials in helping guide these efforts culminated in his explaining that using the Yeti as a symbol for this effort was an effective device both locally and internationally. Pressure of public opinion from the outside world was brought to bear on the nations involved. By doing so the greater good was being served even though the Yeti did not exist in any place other than regional folklore.

    Dr. Taylor had his fine agenda to promote, and he did so with a nice talk. As for anything cryptozoological, there was nothing to see. However, it was a nice night to visit scenic Northeast Harbor.

  7. Kopite responds:

    Thanks for the info, MountDesertIslander.

    Taylor sounds like just another cynical grump, all too wiling to try and kill a mystery. I very much doubt his talk will be remembered by next week.

  8. Goodfoot responds:

    Thanks to MDI, the talk made its way to a new day, but if it sounds forgettable, it’s probably because it was. “Grump” is an incredibly kind sobriquet for sobbers like – what was that name again? – DOC Taylor. Professional explainers (or, more likely, “professional” “explainers”) are some of the most vexacious critters walking this Earth, and even when you realize what makes ’em tick, can still churn your stomach…

  9. DWA responds:

    Somehow I missed this one. Guess I was out in California.

    Yet I didn’t miss a thing, huh?

    Wow. Some folks should stick to what they know.

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