How did nine young and fit hikers disappear from the Ural Mountains never to be seen again? The Ural Mountains (called the Urals) are mountains that divide Europe and Asia. They begin in the north from the Arctic Ocean to south of Western Russia and end up at Kazakhstan. Hiking and skiing are popular in the mountains even today.
January 25, 1959 ten fit and experienced trekkers set off from Sverdlovsk, in the Soviet Union, a town 1,200 miles east of Moscow. The group was led by 23-year-old Igor Dyatlov (Dyatlov Pass’s namesake). The goal was to make it to Ortorten mountain. The hike was rated a category 3, the most difficult, and the members of the expedition were graduate students from the Soviet Union’s Ural Polytechnic Institute. There were 8 men and 2 women, but one hiker, Yuri Yudin was forced to go back because of illness. (1)
Diaries were later found on the students and revealed the group reached river Auspia on January 31, 1959. They got food supplies and equipment that would allow them to continue on. As they tried to get through the pass and cross over the mountain to make camp, the weather got bad. They began to go off course. When the team discovered it, they stopped to make camp at Kholat Syakhl (dead mountain) at about 3600 feet. It was now February 2nd and from the same journals all were in good spirit.
In the middle of the night something spooked the hikers so they tore out of their tents in to the cold dark night. When they were found, investigator determined the 6 died from hypothermia, but others had some type of trauma to their bodies. One had a fractured skull, one had brain damage-but showed no signs of trauma and one had her tongue missing. The investigation said that an “unknown compelling force” had caused their deaths.
February 11, the group was to have arrived at Vizhai, by the 12th no one had heard from them. By February 20th their families knew something was horribly wrong. The school (Ural Polytechnic Institute) sent out rescuers to search for the missing alumni. Next the Russian army using planes and helicopters went to search for the hikers. February 25th the tent was found it was cut open from the inside as if the students were frantically trying to escape from something. (2)
The bodies were in various stages of dress some barefoot, and one with one shoe. Whey Igor Dyatlov was found he was covering his face with one arm as if to protect his face from something. After the first burst from the tent, some of the them gathered about 900 feet from the tent and built a tent to keep from freezing to death. It appears from the way the bodies were position there was a second attack or event because some of the hikers were attempted to go back to the tent. 5 people were found in a few days, the last 4 were not found until spring when the mountain started to thaw.
Some other bits of information that seemed odd was some of their clothes were radioactive. At the funerals, their families said the bodies had some odd characteristics; their skin was an orange color and many had grey hair. At first they blamed a local tribe, the Mansi Tribesman for the murders. They after researching it realized they could not have done it. Avalanche was also blamed for a period of time, along with a Russian military exercise, or nuclear device. However, there wasn’t sufficient evidence for a nuclear device.
Many believe UFO’s abducted these hikers. Strange Orange Orbs were reported by others that night in the area. One independent witness said, “We saw a shining circular body fly over the village from the south-west to the north-east. The shining disc was surrounded by a blue halo. The halo brightly flashed like the flashes of distant lightening.” (3)
The victims of the hiking tragedy on Dyaltov Pass (named after Igor Dyaltov the leader of the group) are as follows:
- Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov (Игорь Алексеевич Дятлов), the group’s leader, born January 13, 1936
- Yuri Nikolaievich Doroshenko (Юрий Николаевич Дорошенко), born January 29, 1938
- Lyudmila Alexandrovna Dubinina (Людмила Александровна Дубинина), born May 12, 1938
- Yuri (Georgiy) Alexeievich Krivonischenko (Юрий (Георгий) Алексеевич Кривонищенко), born February 7, 1935
- Alexander Sergeievich Kolevatov (Александр Сергеевич Колеватов), born November 16, 1934
- Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova (Зинаида Алексеевна Колмогорова), born January 12, 1937
- Rustem Vladimirovich Slobodin (Рустем Владимирович Слободин), born January 11, 1936
- Nicolai Vladimirovich Thibeaux-Brignolles (Николай Владимирович Тибо-Бриньоль), born July 8, 1935
- Semyon (Alexander) Alekseevich Zolotariov (Семён (Александр) Алексеевич Золотарёв), born February 2, 1921
- Yuri Yefimovich Yudin (Юрий Ефимович Юдин), born July 19, 1937, died April 27, 2013 (4)
This year, visitors discovered another body on “Death Mountain”, but because the hiker died in winter, they had to for weather to change to investigate. 9 hikers went on the mountain. Just what happened on the mountain will forever remain a mystery as there are no survivors.
1.The Dyatlov Pass Russia Incident, https://www.reddit.com/r/Paranormal/comments/4m27uu/the_dylatov_pass_russia_incident_opinions/
- Osadchuk, Svetlana (February 19, 2008).“Mysterious Deaths of 9 Skiers Still Unresolved”. St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 28
- The Dyatlov Pass Russia Incident, https://www.reddit.com/r/Paranormal/comments/4m27uu/the_dylatov_pass_russia_incident_opinions/
- Дарья Кезина (27 April 2013).“Умер последний дятловец”.Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Retrieved 27 April 2013
- Dead Mountain: The Untold Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident.” Publishers Weekly 260.32 (2013): 46. Business Source Elite. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.