Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Dyatlov Pass incident:

(Post has recently been updated) 

It was January 27th 1959; a group of nine friends from the nearby Ural Polytechnic institute took off on a hiking trip in the Ural Mountains, across the Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Lead by Igor Dyatlov, they set off along a category 3 climb route, which was a welcome challenge for the group of experienced skiers and hikers, and something that they were looking forward to as they posed smiling in group photos throughout the journey. One of the members of the team, Yuri Yudin, got sick and had to turn back a day before the incident. Unbeknownst to him, he would be the only one to escape the tragic fate that awaited the rest of the expedition.

The group accidentally deviated off course and despite intentions to head up to the Ororten Mountain ended up on Kholat Syakhl, which roughly translates as “mountain of the dead”. The weather was getting progressively worse and they were forced to set up camp with the intention of turning back the following morning- unfortunately they never got the chance.
Search parties, police and military set off in hopes of finding the nine lost hikers. Six days later the Dyatlov camp was discovered.

The group’s tent was torn from the inside out. The search party followed fresh sets of footsteps to the edge of the forest where they discovered a burned out fire and two corpses wearing only underwear and shoes.
The discovery of three more corpses was made nearby, spaced around 150 meters apart.
The authorities concluded that each person appeared as if they were trying to make it back to the campsite, due to the posing of the bodies. The other team members were found further away, under 4 meters of snow near a lake.

It was first suspected that the group had died of hypothermia and exposure  however there was elements contradicting the theory.
The bodies were outside and unclothed, two of which had skull damage, and two with chest fractures. A coroner reported that the force needed to cause the impact of such injuries could be likened to the impact made during a car crash.
 One of the women was missing her tongue and some of the group was missing their eyes.
Strangely they had no external injuries; there was seemingly no evidence of foreign trespassers or signs of a struggle.

The articles of clothing they were found in did not belong to each individual respectively, and it was reported that some of the victims clothing were cut or ripped in strips from the bodies.

According to this description of the effects of Hypothermia from, climbers experiencing hypothermia are said to become disorientated and feel hot, and it's not unusual for them to be found naked with their clothes folded neatly.

"Hypothermia can kill at an amazing pace when cold temperatures and strong winds cause the body to lose heat quickly. Shivering starts first in order to produce body heat from the rapid muscular shaking. When the body’s temperature dropsto or below 35 deg C/95 deg F, dizziness and disorientation kick in, then the shivering stops. The body now only maintains heat around the vital organs – brain, heart and lungs, and shuts down blood circulation to the arms and legs. Heart rate becomes slow, intermittent and weak, and the blood vessels widen. This makes a person feel hot and want to remove all their clothes before they finally slip into unconsciousness. Ultimately, the heart stops. Stories are told of climbers being found naked and dead up on a mountain, with their clothes folded neatly a short distance away. This is because the person becomes confused and hot. Their brain tries to bring order to the scary and unfamiliar situation, although this can be potentially lethal."

Radiation was found on the bodies, on the clothing and also at the camp site and most curiously of all, people had reported seeing “orange spheres” in the sky the night of the incident.
One of the more rational explanations was that the group was caught in an avalanche and that animals had picked at the bodies or that they had been face down in the snow or source of water. However the theory doesn’t seem to explain the supposed sightings of orange spheres etc.
The “orange hue of the skin of the victims” that the families of the deceased observed at the funeral homes could have been due to the condition of that the bodies were found in.

Some say the incident could have been a Bear attack, however there were no external wounds to the bodies.
Some have even suggested they may have been killed by local Mansi tribes for trespassing, or by extraterrestrials, or were even the victims of secret military testing.

Despite diaries and cameras found at the scene, there was no indication or clue to what happened to the group of friends that night.

They were said to have died due to a “Compelling unknown force”.

This was the last photo found on their camera:

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