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Cicada 3301

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 

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achieved in Russia.