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65 years after Hillary sees yeti tracks on Everest, researchers say they were bears

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U.S. State Dept’s yeti instructions

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reported seeing large footprints while scaling Mount Everest, and determined that they belonged to that legendary beast of the Himalayas, the yeti.

It marked the beginning of an Abominable Snowman craze in the West. The British newspaper, The Daily Mail, established a “Snowman Expedition” led by mountaineer John Angelo Jackson, who made the first trek from Everest to Kanchenjunga. He tracked and photographed a number of large, unidentifiable footprints in the snow, which he pronounced to be yeti tracks.

Subsequent expeditions by British and American mountaineers came home with they suspected were yeti scalps, and even yeti feces. The Abominable Snowman was long part of Nepalese lore, but had become such an obsession in the West that the U.S. State Department announced guidelines for what to do if an American citizen were to encounter a yeti in Nepal:

(1) A royalty of 5,000 Indian rupees was to be paid to the Nepalese government to fund an expedition to search for said yeti.

(2) The yeti may be photographed but not killed, unless in self-defense. All photos or the corpse of the yeti must be surrendered to the Nepalese government immediately.

(3) All accounts of the yeti sighting should be considered property of the Nepalese government, and may not be distributed to the press without the government’s consent.

While the yetis (and their North American cousin, the sasquatch) retain a dedicated following, there may be some bad news for Snowman faithful, popping up in the scientific community, 65 years after Hillary’s historic find.

A team of scientists in Buffalo, NY, recently announced findings of their DNA study of supposed yeti bones, teeth, and hair, and found that they came from various species of local bears.

“Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears, and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other, similar mysteries,” said study lead scientist Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.

Tibetan brown bear

Much of the evidence was found to have belonged to the Himalayan brown bears, Tibetan brown bears and Asian black bears.

Big Foot believers beware.

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Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord reimburses for a canceled Patagonia trekking and climbing tour

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Tour operator says: If you have Ripcord, you’re in luck

The Andes of Patagonia

A Tennessee man and Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was preparing to leave on a flight to Argentina to go trekking and climbing in Patagonia. The itinerary traversed ice fields in the high Andes, with remarkable views of granite towers and cliff faces, and climbing two of the area’s tallest peaks. It was a small group, only four travelers, and promised close instruction from the guides.

Then, two months before departure, the rest of the group dropped out. The tour operator had to cancel the trip, telling him in an email that they would refund his tour cost, and that if he was a comprehensive travel insurance client with Ripcord, he was in luck: His policy would refund the cost of the airlines.

The client filed a claim for the non-refundable airline tickets, $2,428 in all, and Ripcord reimbursed him in full.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord clients off to Greenland to ski ‘the wildest terrain on Earth’

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We wanted an insurance company with a reputation for working off the beaten path’

The Greenland fjords

Tara and Jeff Requist have been to Greenland before, but this time around, it’s going to be different. “It was kind of a touristy thing the last time we were there,” Tara said. “This time, we were looking for something human-powered.”

The couple, from Alaska and Colorado respectively, are no strangers to skis and snow, so they searched around for the kind of wild and frosty adventure they wouldn’t be able to do with children later in life, she said.

Tara Requist

They decided on a nordic-ski tour of the fjords of Greenland: towing at least 50 pounds of gear behind them in a sledge, and camping out in the challenging temperatures. The tour operator, Pirhuk, describes the trip as “175 km through some of the wildest terrain on earth.”

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Cameroon grounds charter planes, a couple misses their flight. Ripcord reimburses

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A two-day drive to the airport

An Arkansas couple was finishing up a safari in Cameroon and about to board their chartered flight to the capital, when the republic’s government grounded private aviation. That meant that the couple had to drive two days to reach the airport in Douala.

Consequently, the couple missed their scheduled flight to Paris, their onward flight to Atlanta, and their third flight to Little Rock. In all, they lost $2,275 in charter airfare, $3,600 for the re-issued commercial flights, and $150 in incidentals. They submitted a claim for $6,025, and Ripcord reimbursed the couple for the full amount.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Rescues vs. Reimbursements: It’s important to know the difference

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Redpoint pays up front for evacuations it organizes

Climbing and trekking season in the Southern Hemisphere is ramping up, and with it, the likelihood that a client is going to need a rescue and/or a reimbursement. A comprehensive policy with Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance offers both, but it’s important to understand the difference.

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