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1992, June 12: Freeman-Attwood's Strange Prints

The Legend:

On June 12, 1992, at 4:00 a.m., Julian Freeman-Attwood and two other men camped in a totally isolated spot on a remote glacier in Mongolia. A couple of hours later the men discovered the snow outside their tent disturbed by a trail of heavy footprints that went past them. According to Jenny Randles in Strange & Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century, the prints showed a close resemblance to those photographed by Eric Shipton during an expedition in the Himilayas in 1951, and that the depth of the impressions indicated a creature larger and heavier than a human. She further states that these prints were recorded on film.


Edward R. Webster (author of account)

Lindsay Griffin



Unsettled weather kept us tentbound until June 12 when we started across the glacier as the sun’s first rays illuminated Snow Church’s sharp, icy fang. Quite curiously, Lindsay, who was leading, stopped dead in his tracks. “Did I give either of you permission to go out last night?” he finally shouted. What was he talking about? Then we saw them, a line of unmistakable footprints coming up the glacier for several miles. They passed in front of us, then disappeared over the left of the two cols we had investigated two days before—into China onto the Przhevalski Glacier. “I can’t imagine who, besides ourselves, would want to go there,” quipped Lindsay. Like excited schoolboys, we nearly ran across the glacier to investigate the mysterious footprints.

The prints were approximately eight inches long, slightly curved and primate-looking, showing five toes with evidence of claw or nail marks. They were about two or three inches deep, frozen in the fresh, crisp snow, in excellent condition and less than a day old, we speculated. The odd thing was that they appeared to be made in sets of three: left, right, right, or right, left, left. Had we discovered the world’s first triped, or were we looking at prints left by a primate who walked with one hand on the ground like a chimpanzee?

According to Britain’s Scientific Exploration Society, there are more Yeti sightings in Mongolia than in any other part of Asia. Mongolians believe that the Almas, their word for Yeti or Abominable Snowman, is a primative human rather than an animal. Male Almas are six to eight feet in height. The females, five or six feet tall, have pendulous breasts. Their bodies are covered with reddish-grey fur and their heads are somewhat pointed. They eat almost anything. They don’t appear to speak but emit a high-pitched squeak or a shrill cry. There are countless stories of Almas falling asleep in Mongolian yurts. Another story describes the female Almas’ habit of carrying off male hunters! Had we found the footprints of the Almas? It seemed so.