Start by marking “Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident” as Want to Read: In February , a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. The true story of the Dyatlov Pass. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident (Historical Nonfiction Bestseller, True Story Book of Survival). Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The mystery of the bizarre deaths of elite Russian . Dead Mountain is a well-researched, and respectful book about the Dyatlov Pass incident that took the lives of nine young Russian university.

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    New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller! — What happened that night on Dead Mountain? In February , a group of nine experienced hikers in. In Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Pass Incident, by Donnie Eichar, is published by Chronicle Books. The Dyatlov Pass incident (Russian: Гибель тургруппы Дятлова) refers to the deaths of nine skiers/hikers in the northern Ural Mountains, in the former .. Another hypothesis popularised by Donnie Eichar's book Dead Mountain is that.

    In winter , nine Russian hikers, mostly college students, died at Holatchahl Mountain in the Urals under mysterious circumstances. The experienced group, led by Igor Dyatlov, was attempting a demanding winter ascent of Otorten to become Grade III hikers, a meaningful certification of ability. On the night of February 1, the seven male and two female hikers all fled from their shelter into sub-zero temperatures. A search party located the tent, finding that it had been sliced open from the inside. Their bodies were scattered several hundred meters or more from the tent.

    The theory that an avalanche caused the hikers' deaths, while initially popular, has since been questioned. Reviewing the sensationalist "Yeti" hypothesis see below , American skeptic author Benjamin Radford suggests as more plausible:. They were poorly clothed because they had been sleeping, and ran to the safety of the nearby woods where trees would help slow oncoming snow. In the darkness of night they got separated into two or three groups; one group made a fire hence the burned hands while the others tried to return to the tent to recover their clothing, since the danger had apparently passed.

    But it was too cold, and they all froze to death before they could locate their tent in the darkness.

    At some point some of the clothes may have been recovered or swapped from the dead, but at any rate the group of four whose bodies were most severely damaged were caught in an avalanche and buried under 4 metres 13 ft of snow more than enough to account for the 'compelling natural force' the medical examiner described. Dubinina's tongue was likely removed by scavengers and ordinary predation. Evidence contradicting the avalanche theory includes: A review of the investigation evidence completed in by experienced investigators from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation ICRF on request of the families confirmed the avalanche with a number of important details added.

    The harsh weather at the same time played critical role in the events of the tragic night, which has been reconstructed as follows:. According to the ICRF investigators, the factors contributing to the tragedy was extremely bad weather and lack of experience of the group leader in such conditions, which led to selection of a dangerous camping place.

    After the snow slide, another mistake of the group was to split up, rather than building a temporary camping place down in the forest and trying to survive through the night. Negligence of the investigators contributed to their report creating more questions than answers and inspiring numerous conspiracy theories. In , a Swedish-Russian expedition was made to the site, and after investigations they proposed that a violent katabatic wind is a likely explanation for the incident.

    Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    The topography of these locations were noted to be very similar according to the expedition. A sudden katabatic wind would have made it impossible to remain in the tent, and the most rational course of action would be for the hikers would be to cover the tent with snow and seek shelter among the treeline. The expedition proposed that the group of hikers constructed two bivouac shelters, one of which collapsed, leaving four of the hikers buried with the violent injuries observed.

    By the time they were further down the hill, they would have been out of the infrasound's path and would have regained their composure, but in the darkness would be unable to return to their shelter.

    Speculation exists that the campsite fell within the path of a Soviet parachute mine exercise. This theory alleges that the hikers, woken by loud explosions, fled the tent in a shoeless, shell shocked panic and found themselves unable to return for supply retrieval.

    After some members froze to death attempting to endure the bombardment, others commandeered their clothing only to be fatally injured by subsequent parachute mine concussions.

    There are indeed records of parachute mines being tested by the Soviet military in the area around the time the hikers were there. Heavy internal damage with comparably less external trauma.

    The theory coincides with reported sightings of glowing, orange orbs floating or falling in the sky within the general vicinity of the hikers, [ citation needed ] potentially military aircraft or descending parachute mines.

    This theory among others uses scavenging animals to explain Dubinina's injuries. Photographs of the tent allegedly show that it was apparently erected incorrectly, something the experienced hikers were unlikely to have done. A similar theory alleges the testing of radiological weapons , and is partly based on the discovery of radioactivity on some of the clothing as well as the bodies being described by relatives as having orange skin and grey hair.

    Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

    However, radioactive dispersal would have affected all of the hikers and equipment instead of just some of it, and the skin and hair discolouration can be explained by a natural process of mummification after three months of exposure to the cold and winds. Furthermore, the initial suppression of files regarding the group's disappearance by Soviet authorities is sometimes mentioned as evidence of a cover-up, but the concealment of information regarding domestic incidents was standard procedure in the USSR and therefore far from peculiar.

    And by the late s, all Dyatlov files had been released in some manner. International Science Times posited that the hikers' deaths were caused by hypothermia , which can induce a behaviour known as paradoxical undressing in which hypothermic subjects remove their clothes in response to perceived feelings of burning warmth.

    However, others in the group appear to have acquired additional clothing from those who had already died which suggests that they were of a sound enough mind to try to add layers. The Discovery Channel special Russian Yeti: The show begins with the premise that the skiers' injuries were such that only a creature with superhuman strength could have caused them. The documentary also claims that the howling sound they've recorded during their cave and forest expedition does not belong to any known animal species.

    Keith McCloskey, who has researched the incident for many years and has appeared in several TV documentaries on the subject, travelled to the Dyatlov Pass in with Yury Kuntsevich of the Dyatlov Foundation and a group. At the Dyatlov Pass he noted:. Donnie Eichar , who investigated and made a documentary about the incident, evaluated several other theories that are deemed unlikely or have been discredited: In , a regional television company produced the documentary film, with a follow-up novella by Anna Matveyeva.

    Anna Kiryanova wrote a journal-style novel based on a fictionalized account of the incident in In Russian band Kauan released the album Sorni Nai which attempts to reconstruct the events that led up to the incident. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    For the Russian footballer, see Yuri Yudin footballer. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Find sources: The group's tomb at the Mikhajlov Cemetery in Yekaterinburg , Russia.

    Dyatlov Pass. Retrieved 1 November Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Retrieved 27 April The Telegraph. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 26 February Death of Nine: The Dyatlov Pass Mystery.

    Two books on mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident offer compelling information; theories

    Anatoly, Gushchin. The price of state secrets is nine lives , Izdatelstvo "Uralskyi Rabochyi", Sverdlovsk, Yet the hikers left behind just enough evidence for amateur sleuths to pore over, analyze, and extrapolate from. There was also their camera, found intact, with a number of pictures of happy young people unaware of their own looming deaths, of the sand running silently through the glass of their lives. They are old, in black and white, and tinged with foreboding, so that even a relatively normal frame of skiers skiing in a line takes on a haunted aspect.

    It should be noted that Dead Mountain is generously illustrated with photos that are interspersed throughout the book. Investigators at the scene of the Dytalov group's final campsite I will pause here to state an abiding principle of mine: that true-life events are not spoilers. This is something I believe in strongly. People do not live their lives, they do not strive and struggle and sometimes die, in order to fulfill the entertainment needs of voracious, on-demand media consumers.

    To append spoiler tags to the dramas of actual human beings strikes me almost as immoral, dehumanizing. Suffice to say, UFOs are not involved. It is really a rather brilliant intertwining of forensic evidence and educated guesswork, and makes for a powerful denouement.

    There is something that draws us to unexplained death. The Dyatlov Incident is one of the most fascinating mysteries of the 20th century. In , a crew of nine seasoned hikers headed into the Siberian wilderness in late January for an intense but vigorous trek. Instead, it was that the bodies were found on the order of a mile from their tent, none of them was wearing boots or adequate attire.

    The explanations run the gamut from the otherworldly i. Siberian Demon Dwarves to a range of theories that were less provocative but which also lacked explanatory power or were inconsistent with known data e. While life had eased a bit since the demise of Stalin such a trek would have been prohibited under his rule it was still an authoritarian state, plus the memory of Stalin was fresh. This led to the most widely accepted theories involving the hikers being killed because they saw a covert weapons test or stumbled into an area where the KGB was getting up to some shenanigans.

    Of course, that assumes that the poorly fed and clothed prisoners would have survived the freezing temperatures better than the fit and relatively well-equipped college students. As evidence mounted, however, it suggested outsider involvement less-and-less.

    For example, the side of the tent was cut open, but rudimentary forensic investigation readily proved that it must have been cut from the inside and not from the outside by a KGB agent, Gulag prisoner, local tribesman, or a Siberian dwarf claw. The former name predates the Incident and has to do with the fact that the mountain is devoid of vegetation.

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