Miscellaneous November 22, 2013

Dyatlov Pass Incident – the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Sometimes there happen strange, inexplicable things in our world. One of those times was the Dyatlov Pass incident on February 1, 1959 when nine ski hikers from Soviet Union died during the expedition to Ural mountains. The actual causes of the disaster still remain unknown but we have a few creepy and shocking facts that makes this incident one of the most mysterious happenings in the history.

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Everything started when ten experienced Russian skiers started out the expedition to the north Ural in winter, 1959. During the trip one of the expeditors withdrew because of health problems and the other nine continued. The goal was to reach a mountain called Otorten. On February 1 the team started to march through the pass ( after the incident called “Dyatlov’s pass” as one of the hiker’s last name was Dyatlov) but in cause of bad weather conditions the hikers lost their direction and deviated west to the slope of the Kholat Syakhl aka “The Dead Mountain”. The expeditors decided to make a camp near a forest that was around 1,5 kilometers away. The hikers were striked by a snowstorm ( it was around -30°C) and this is where the weird things started to happen. First, there was a gap cut out from inside of the camping tent and barefoot prints of nine people leaving it and heading to the forest. 2 bodies were found on the edge of the forest near a campfire they tried to make. 3 other corpses were found closer to the main camp and it seemed those 3 expeditors were thinking about going back to the tent. All of them were wearing underwear and footprints proved that they were barely wearing any footwear and some of them had only socks put on. After some time the 4 remaining ski hikers were found 75 meters father into the woods under 4 meters of snow, wearing better clothes. After the medical examination no fatal injuries were found and it was determined that the team died of hypothermia. However, those 4 later found teammates were examined and it happened so that three of them had fatal injuries: major skull damage and major chest fractures. According to Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, the force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high. He compared it to the force of a car crash. The only suitable explanation was “a compelling natural force”. There were no any external wounds in this way complexing the research. The last teammate was missing her tongue. There were no signs of struggle, so it keeps a mystery how it all was caused to the ski hikers. Later researches revealed that some of the expeditors’s clothes were highly radioactivated. One of the ski hikers was found strangely brown-skinned. Witnesses living 50 kilometers away from the forest stated they saws strange orange spheres in the middle of the sky at the fatal night.

Photos of camping tent, cut out and torn

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Photo of footprints of nine people leaving the tent

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

That’s not the end. One suspicious thing about the expedition is that the government refused to send the rescue team to search for the expeditors and only after the intervention of family the research was started. The lack of evidences is the main problem with Dyatlov Pass incident. Guess whose fault is it. The Soviet Union government was hiding most of the facts for 30 years and the whole event became publicly available only in 1990 when Anatoly Guschin, a journalist and writer got a permission to the original files of the expedition even though some of the parts were removed from it.

Photo of the apparent mystical “orange spheres” in the sky of the event night

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

There were many versions explaining the situation like UFO’s or “Soviet secret weapon experiment” as there were found cuts of scrap metal in the event area. The true story still remains silent and unknown. There could have been just a simple avalanche that caused everything or there could have been indigenous Mansi people that may have attacked the expeditors. However, there are no evidences stating of an avalanche or a single proof of other people in the forest. The footprints of ski hikers at first were visible and after 500 meters dissapeared. So, as you can see, there are many theories that are possible to clarify the expedition.

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

Dyatlov Pass Incident - the Mysterious Tragical Expedition to Ural, Russia

The expedition team included: Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov, Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova, Ludmila Alexandrovna Dubinina, Alexander Sergeievich Kolevatov, Rustem Vladimirovich Slobodin, Yuri (Georgiy) Alexeievich Krivonischenko, Yuri Nikolaievich Doroshenko, Nicolai Vladimirovich Thibeaux-Brignolles, Semyon (Alexander) Alexandrovich Zolotariov, Yuri Yefimovich Yudin.

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