Charles Howard-Bury was a British soldier, explorer, climber, and politician. He is perhaps best known for leading the first expedition to Everest, in 1921; however he also travelled extensively in India, Kashmir, Europe and Russia, even travelling overland from Siberia to western China. During World War I he spent four years on the front, before being captured in 1918 and spending several months as a prisoner of war. In addition, he was ‘a brilliant writer, a fine photographer, a keen and accomplished naturalist’ and fluent in 27 languages. 
On the Everest expedition, near Lhakpa La, at an altitude of about 22,000 feet, he came across tracks in the snow that looked very much like those that would be made by bare human feet. He later reported them as probably belonging to a large wolf, but his porters declared them to be tracks of the Metohkangmi, a creature that came to be known in the Western media as the Abominable Snowman. 
As this recently discovered diary shows, Howard-Bury had a deep interest in cryptozoology. Some of the illustrations in the volume appear to be drawn by others, or based on verbal accounts. There are frequent references to his colleagues and the events of the 1921 Everest expedition, suggesting it dates from this journey. Unfortunately many of the pages have been torn out and much of the text is incomplete.
- Davis, Wade, 2012. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. London: Vintage Books, p. 103.
- Ibid. p. 353.
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