Today while visiting a thrift store in my area in search of odd books, I found a copy of The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. The book itself doesn’t focus on the anomalous, instead dealing primarily with the story of Rawicz, who at the time had been a prisoner who escaped with a small group of men from a Soviet prison camp in 1941. In order to make it to freedom, those who survived the ordeal were forced to travel out of Siberia and across China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, finally traversing the Himilayas into British India.

I recognized the book instantly, having heard about it before in various cryptozoological circles. Interestingly, one of the final chapters of the book is called “Strange Creatures”, and deals with a sighting of two Yeti during the men’s trek across the Himilayas. Having initially spotted them from a distance, Rawicz and his company had believed these might be bears or some other animals they might use for food. However, upon nearing their potential prey, they began to realize these weren’t any creatures they had ever seen before. Rawicz’s account of the strange sighting reads as follows:

“Two points struck me immediately. They were enormous and they walked on their hind legs. The picture is clear in my mind, stuck there indelibly by a solid two hours of observation. We just could not believe what we saw at first, so we stayed to watch… I set myself to estimating their height on the basis of my military training for artillery observation. They could not have been much less than eight feet tall. One was a few inches taller than the other, in the relation of the average man to the average woman. They were shuffling quietly round on a flattish shelf

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at