Mark Mason

Abominably elusive

Graham Hoyland describes how, when making the ascent with the actor, the sherpas christened him ‘the Abdominal Snowman’

In 1969 the body of an ape-like creature, preserved in ice inside an insulated box, came to light in Minnesota. Its provenance was unclear, but the rumour went round that it was a Bigfoot, the North American equivalent of the Himalayan yeti. After two days peering through the box’s glass cover, the Belgian zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans convinced himself that the rumour was correct.

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