I just finished a chapter where Messner goes into the mythological aspect of the yeti myth, the sightings of the actual creature and the finding of numerous foot prints, and I have to admit, I´m really enjoying this book so far.
Even though I don´t get why Messner becomes so obsessed with the yeti in the first place (he himself doesn´t give a proper explanation either). And he is slightly obsessed I think, as shown during his first meeting with his girlfriend Sabine after the yeti incident (he thinks she has left him during his treck through Tibet):
Seeing Sabine was more a shock than a relief. I stood, silent and apprehensive. She also just stood there, staring at me. I couldn´t think straight. After all the excitement, the anticipation, the hope and fear, the dread of not finding her, I was too bewildered to embrace her. I was still so obsessed by the thought that she might have left forever that I was incapable of even asking how she was.
"I saw a Yeti", I blurted out suddenly, breaking the silence.