The Dyatlov Pass incident is a macabre mountaineering mystery

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Pat Donahue

Dyatlov Pass is located in the Russian Ural Mountains. The Dylatov Pass Incident refers to an “incident” in 1959 when a group of nine Soviet mountaineers died under extremely bizarre circumstances.

According to All That’s Interesting, the nine-person expedition led by Igor Dyatlov embarked on a mountaineering mission in late January 1959. On February 20, their bodies were discovered by a rescue team. Yes, it’s quite simple, but the story lies in the state in which the bodies were found.

The bodies of the hikers were discovered in extremely bizarre conditions. It quickly became clear that this was not an avalanche fatality or a trivial hypothermia situation. Instead, the hikers were found in two groups with severe trauma and mutilation.

A group of hikers was found in the snow near a tent. The tent had been cut from the inside as if the tenants were trying to escape something. The climbers were found barefoot and wearing minimal clothing. Although this indicates hypothermia, one of the hikers was brown/purple in color and had foam coming out of his mouth. Other members of the group suffered severe trauma, as if bludgeoned by something more powerful than a human.

The other group of hikers was an even scarier sight. Three men and a woman were found there. The woman had lost her eyes, her tongue and part of her face. The woman also tested positive for radiation exposure. Two of the men had major bone fractures that would have required “car crash” levels of force. This second group is believed to have died after the first group as they were found wearing clothing belonging to the first group.

At the time of the incident, the Soviet government quickly swept the story under the rug claiming it was just inexperienced hikers. They were actually quite accomplished and experienced mountaineers. The mystery has never been solved.

The most common explanation is the idea that it was a case of hypothermia. Irrational thinking and erratic behavior are hypothermia’s calling cards. Before succumbing to hypothermia, many people think they are too hot and start to lose their clothes. This, of course, does not explain the radiation or the immense impacts that shattered the bones of some hikers.

A group of hikers camping about 30 miles away saw strange orange orbs in the distance where Party Dyatlov was camping. These strange colors combined with traces of lore suggest that the group might have stumbled upon some sort of Soviet weapons testing site or secret base.

Another possible explanation is UFOs. The radiation associated with the inhuman forces that caused some of the injuries make this a somewhat plausible explanation. A menk, Russia’s version of the Yeti, is another suspect that could be large and powerful enough to cause such injuries.

There has been speculation that some party members have been romantically involved. There is a theory that things went wrong and there were conflicts between hikers. This explanation is a bit thin as the band used to get along and the trauma suffered by some members is unlikely to be administered by a jealous lover.

Whatever the truth, it sure is scary. This underrated and lesser known incident is really what nightmares are made of.

Images taken from the Dyatlov Pass Facebook page