The Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident: 9 Skiers Found Dead in Unexplained Circumstances

  In January 1959, 22-year-old Dyatlov, a fifth-year student in the Radio Technology Department of the Sverdlovsk State Technical Institute in the Soviet Union, initiated a voluntary skiing activity in the North Ural Mountains. Soon nine like-minded people signed up, the youngest of whom was a 21-year-old girl from the Department of Architecture, and the eldest was a 38-year-old graduate of the Institute of Physical Education.
  Soon, the Dyatlov College Alpine Ski Team was established, and Dyatlov appointed himself as captain. Before setting off, the college students underwent rigorous skiing, long-distance weight-bearing treks, and training in dealing with natural disasters and climates. On January 23, they set off from Sverdlovsk, the capital of Sverdlov Region, and then took a train to the small town of Serov.
  In the early morning of the 25th, college students arrived in the remote village of Vizai and rested in a simple inn. On the morning of the 26th, they arrived at the forest farm in an open truck and stayed at the workers’ dormitory. On the 27th, they rented a large carriage. Ten people and their luggage got on the carriage and came to an abandoned farmhouse in the mine to rest. In the early morning of the 28th, Eugene, a fourth-year student in the Department of Physics, suffered from severe knee pain and was unable to move. Dyatlov asked the coachman to take Eugene back to the forest farm to rest.
  On the 28th, the college students went skiing along the Rozva River and its tributary Osbia River as planned, and camped in the river valley for the night. On the 29th and 30th, college students walked into the Manxi ethnic area along the tributaries of the Osbia River. After a night’s rest, they arrived at Mount Horatchahr with an altitude of 1,079 meters on the 31st.
  Horat Chahr means death in the Mansi language. They originally wanted to climb the mountain of death, but the mountain was too steep. The college students failed to climb it many times and had to retreat to the valley to camp.
  On February 1, after discussion, the college students decided to forcibly climb Mount Horatchahr, the “Mountain of Death”, and tried to establish a camp on the eastern slope of the Mountain of Death. On February 2, the college student alpine skiing team set up a large tent that could accommodate more than ten people on the east slope. Everyone unloaded their loads, lit up a bonfire, and started making food. According to the pre-departure agreement, the college student alpine skiing team was supposed to evacuate around February 5th. They returned to the small village of Vezay on the 12th, reported to the Sverdlovsk State Technical Institute that the alpine skiing was successfully completed, and returned on February 15th. school. At midnight on the 12th, the agreed time had passed, and the college leaders did not receive any news from the college students. The dean and teachers felt uneasy, and parents of college students also came to inquire about the news. The college kept calling Vizai Village for the next three or four days, but there was still no news.
  On February 18, the local government organized three rescue teams composed of experienced athletes, military police, geologists, Mansi hunters, and volunteers to search and rescue along the ski routes of college students. The rescue team carries radios, search and rescue dogs, medicines, food, etc. with them. Soviet Air Force helicopters also joined the search for the area where the college students disappeared.
  On the 26th, a rescue team found a tent on the slopes of Mount Horatchahr. It had been buried under heavy snow, only a corner was exposed, and one side of the tent had been torn open inexplicably. Rescuers found items carried by the college students in the tents, including clothing, food, climbing tools, cameras and film, notepads, maps and ski route maps. From the night of the 26th to the early morning of the 27th, the rescue team successively discovered the bodies of several members of the college alpine ski team. The fatal injuries of the deceased varied, mainly burns and blunt force trauma. The wounds are mostly concentrated on the head, chest and limbs. The place where they died was on the right bank of the fourth tributary of the Rozva River, only about 1.5 kilometers away from the tent in the camp. Due to the steep mountains and heavy snow cover, the rescue team did not find the last body until May.
  64 years have passed, and the mystery surrounding the death of the collegiate alpine ski team remains unsolved. Some people said they died from natural disasters, others said they were attacked by wild beasts, and still others believed they encountered extraterrestrial bodies hitting the earth. Some even asserted that they may have mistakenly entered the Soviet military’s neutron bomb testing area and become victims of super weapons.

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