Pilot to return to Nepal with 'yeti hand'mike

Yetis, monks, thieves and Jimmy Stewart. Mike Allsop's tale has all the makings of a Hollywood movie. But there is nothing phony about his mission to help restore the pride of the 1000-year-old Pangboche monastery in Nepal, nestled high in the Himalayan foothills near Mt Everest base camp. Mr Allsop, an Air New Zealand pilot, Everest climber and adventurer, will return to the monastery this month with a special gift from Sir Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop. The replica hand is a copy of the monastery's "original" yeti hand, which was stolen by persons unknown in the 1990s. More at http://www.stuff.co.nz

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