Kang Admi’ or Snow-Mountain Man.

Separating fable from fact in Himalayan narratives can be a challenge, as fraught with uncertainty as crossing a snow-covered glacier full of hidden crevasses. But in a curious way, the lore and legends of these high places tend to erase whatever lines exist between truth and fiction, memory and imagination, or even dictatorial proof and egalitarian invention. Science can sometimes be as enigmatic as poetry, while lyric verses often contain more clear-sighted observations than rational interpolation. There is probably no better example of the ambiguous intersection of reality and perception or logic and make-believe, than various quests for the ‘Abominable Snowman’. Toward the end of their stay in the Valley of Flowers, Frank Smythe and Wangdi Norbu set off to reconnoitre a route to Nilgiri Parbat. While crossing a high[…]

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