The South Tyrolean extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner, 74, holds the Yeti for a pure mythical figure. In an Interview with Constance “Südkuriers” he says: “This is not a snow man, or Neanderthal man, but a bear that has triggered this fantasy story.” The Yeti-story based on a thousand year old legend from Tibet, which came 100 years ago to Europe.

Messner explains: “The legend figure is not a Head, but it is taken from nature. The Zoological equivalent is a very special bear. Since there is no longer any doubt. And this bear was only on the North side of the Himalayas. From time to time wandered this bears also on the passes, if you were, for example, females search. And from time to time, photographed the footprints have been.”

Reinhold Messner: A bear has a “fantasy story” about the Yeti is triggered

He was looking into the question of ten years, the South Tyrolean. Today, to follow him according to his own statement, “99.9 percent of scientists” in the statement, it was a bear that had triggered this “fantasy story”.

Messner, who returned in early January from a Tour to the summit of Pokalde in the Eastern Nepal, is one of the most well-known mountain climber and adventurer. He climbed all 14 eight-thousanders. As an author, he wrote the books “All my summit”, “My life on the Limit” and “Yeti”.

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