Yamantau is an ominous rocky mountain. There are a lot of hollows in it. It is often shrouded in fog, and even in summer it is very cold there. Many years ago local inhabitants were afraid of climbing it. Evil spirits haunted them in the mist People used to say: "If you go to Yamantau you will never come back." They dreaded the quaint rock face - Saractash, which was like the old leather boot - saryk. On the top of the mountain there was a rock column and a small lake near it where a grass-snake (a huge poisonous snake) lived. He could turn into a thundercloud, people say. That's why people were afraid to ascend Yamantau, foul weather would come; and when the fog lifted one could expect fine weather to set in.