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Travel Channel’s “Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti” Leads to NYC!

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There are more monsters than just vampires, werewolves, and mummies.  For those of us that are also interested in cryptozoology, like artist/sculptor Jean St. Jean of Diamond Select Toys and Creatureplica, the yeti is just as exciting.  The yeti, or sometimes referred as abominable snowmen, have been part of an ongoing question that we’ve had for a long time – is the yeti real?  Travel Channel’s upcoming Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti endeavors to answer the age-old question as adventurer Josh Gates seeks answers in the upcoming four-part special set to premiere tonight at 9 pm ET.

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Ahead of Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti, Travel Channel hosted a New York City event on Tuesday, October 4th that saw “swarms of yetis” take over the streets as they made their way to the Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza and Union Square.  26 yetis to be exact, the abominable snowmen made their New York debut in proper fashion by way of a double decker bus.

In support of the event, the yetis roamed East 23rd Street & 5th Avenue, danced to current music including one of Coldplay’s latest singles, “Hymn for the Weekend,” and offered free iced coffee by Union Square.

It was a great day for Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti event as the morning started out overcast with the sun finally breaking out midday.  The event also saw the creation of a yeti ice sculpture, which was quite impressive, and droves of people from native New Yorkers and tourists coming out to join in on the fun, which was far from abominable.

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Adventurer and real-life Indiana Jones, Josh Gates, will travel to Nepal and Bhutan in search of the truth behind the lore of the yeti.  In regards to what makes this expedition so special, Gates offered the following:

The yeti story is especially personal to me, if it’s even possible to get personal with an elusive hairy monster!  There have been many firsthand accounts of the Yeti, and several years ago, I had my own encounter.  I discovered an unusual set of footprints high in the Himalayas.  It was an incredible and confounding find; we cast the print and donated it to the Yeti museum at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where it’s now on display.  The experience has never left me, and now I’m heading back into the mountains to determine what exactly left those tracks. – Josh Gates, who also serves as an executive producer on Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti

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Photo by Steven Biscotti

Let’s not forget that the yeti do have their ties to the Universal Monsters through 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.  But if football/jock like abominable snowmen aren’t your thing, then be sure to watch the first part of Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti which airs tonight at 9 pm ET.

Steven and Universal Monsters Universe would like to thank Jackie, Lauren, and the good people of FerenComm for coordinating this fun event.


It is a legend as old as the Himalayas – a beast whose name is nervously whispered in high-altitude villages: Yeti. To some, it’s a towering monster; to others, a cryptozoological reality; and to some respected scientists, it may be the missing link, a precursor to modern man. There is a vast litany of credible run-ins with this elusive creature and in 2007, Gates joined the ranks of awestricken explorers when he discovered a series of mysterious footprints in the mountains of Nepal. The finding made international headlines and a casting of the footprint was donated to the Yeti Museum in Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where it remains on display. The question of who or what made that print has fascinated Gates ever since. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to find out the truth. In the four-part special, “Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti,” Gates meets with world-renowned researchers, historians and primatologists as he embarks on the mother of all expeditions through the Himalayas. Armed with the latest technology, he sets off on a multi-national quest through Nepal and Bhutan to follow-up on history’s most credible accounts, access ancient Yeti artifacts and investigate the most recent sightings in an effort to uncover the truth behind this mysterious creature.

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Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti premieres Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 p.m. ET on the Travel Channel.  Check your local listings.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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