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The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Гибель тургруппы Дятлова

The story begins thus, it's February 1st, 1959, and nine Russian hikers are travelling through the northern Ural Mountains. They're all experienced hikers of course, each of them hailing from the Ural Polytechnical Institute. The hiking team is lead by Igor Dyatlov, the man for whom the ominous pass is now named.

Dyatlov and his group are all seeking their Tier 3 hiking certification, the highest certification to be attained in Russia.


They begin their journey on the 27th of January, and are expected to return either by the 12th of February or soon after. So, when no telegram is received by the 12th, no one is concerned. Perhaps it's a telegram delay, or perhaps the trip just took a little longer than planned.


However, on February the 20th, still without a word, the relatives of the hikers began to demand a rescue mission. 

The first search and rescue team was issued by the Polytechnical Institute, and consisted of volunteer students and teachers from the school. Later both the Russian Army and Police Force became part of the search.


On February the 26th, the first of the remains were found...


A lone tent that had been shared by the hiker's was found on Kholat Syakhl. Otherwise known as "The Dead Mountain"


"The tent was half torn down, and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and shoes had been left behind." 

- Mikhail Sharavin (member of the search and rescue team)

After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the tent had been cut open from the inside. Nine sets of footprints were also found leading away from the tent, left by people who were either barefoot, or only wearing socks. 


It appears as though the hikers fled the tent in a state of panic. They cut through their only haven against the weather and walked barefoot into the night, leaving all of their belongings behind.

The footprints unequivocally show however, that everyone leaving the tent, did so in a calm and orderly fashion. 

The tracks led across a mountain pass, and to a small forest almost a mile away from the tent. There, beneath a large pine tree, the remains of a small campfire were found. Next to it they found the frozen remains of Krivonischenko, and Doroshenko. They wore only underwear in stormy -13(F) degree weather.

It should also be noted, that the pine tree they were found under, had branches that had been cracked or broken up to 16 feet high, suggesting that perhaps one of the men tried to climb the tree. What they were looking for up there remains a mystery.

Between the small campfire, and the original campsite, searchers found the bodies of Dyatlov, Kolmogorova, and Slobodin. They were all found at various distances away from the tree, reportedly in poses that implied they were making a return to their tent, however never made it.

It took two months to find the remaining four hikers. They were found almost 250 feet into the woods past the large pine tree and small fire. They were buried under 13 feet of snow. 

Three of the four buried bodies were found to be better dressed than the others who had been found. However, the ones who were clothed, were wearing articles belonging to the other hikers.

After the first five bodies had been found, a medical examiner discovered no physical trauma that might have led to their death. It was concluded that they all died of hypothermia. 

The four bodies found in the woods however, told a different story. Thibeaux-Brignolle had massive skull damage, and both Dubinina and Zolotaryov were found to have large chest fractures. According to the medical examiner the force required to deal such a blow must have been incredibly strong, comparable to that of a car crash. 

And yet... none of the bodies had external signs of the internal damage. 

Of the four found in the woods, Dubinina and Zolotaryov were found missing their eyeballs, with Dubinina also missing her tongue and part of her lips, while Kolevatov was missing only his eyebrows. 

Despite an extensive investigation no true cause of death was found. It was theorized that an avalanche had caused the hikers to flee their tent, and yet, no evidence of any nearby avalanche was found. 

It was also thought that perhaps some of the indigenous Mansi people attacked and killed the hikers, however no signs of any struggle were found (whether from the Mansi or the hikers themselves) and the force of the blows to the deceased was far greater than a human could generate. 


Above: damaged camera footage captured by one of the hikers depicting strange light.

This, dear Reader, is where the story gets interesting. Without a guilty party, the verdict was that the hikers had died due to a "Compelling Natural Force." With the conclusion of the investigation, all of the files regarding the dead hikers were then sent to a secret archive, and the investigation was deemed classified.

During the investigation, another group of hikers who were 30 miles south of Dyatlov's location reported seeing "strange orange spheres in the sky" on the very night of the incident. These same orange lights were noted multiple times from February to March of 1959 by a variety of witness including the meteorology service and the military. 

Lev Ivanov

"I suspected at the time and am almost sure now, that these bright flying spheres

had a direct connection to the group's death."

Even one of the original rescue team members, claimed that he had seen the orange spheres during his search for Dyatlov's group, and had been commanded by high ranking officials to dismiss what he had seen. 

It was also noted in the investigation, that "some of the hiker's clothing, were found to be highly radioactive."

In 2019 Russian authorities opened the case once more, hoping to find more clues as to the possible cause of the tragedy that happened in Dyatlov's Pass. However, no new information was discovered. What they were searching for over half a century later is an intriguing question.

The mystery of what happened to the nine hikers on "The Dead Mountain" is one that has baffled scientists and skeptics alike. Those seeking truth find it more elusive than ever. These were experienced hikers, who knew what they were doing, and yet it seems like in a state of panic they fled the tent, only to then calmly walk to their death.

However at the end of a frozen day we know this. That there is a world where strange things happen, and there is a veil between us and that world that all too often prevents us from seeing what is really out there. 

I assure you Reader. Once you cross that line there is no turning back. I warn you, however, do not lose yourself. Stay of sound mind, and challenge all things.

Oh, and watch out for those "compelling natural forces".


Above: Photo of the hikers as they cross the veil. Never to be seen alive again.

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