The Dyatlov Pass Incident
Why did the group decide to hike up the mountain on February 1st and 2nd, 1959?
- These experienced hikers already had their Grade II certifications and were about to qualify for the next level up.
What is the official cause of death for the hikers?
- There are many other theories including paranormal activity, cryptozoological creatures, or secret military tests.
What was odd about the tent the hikers left behind when rescuers finally found the scene?
- One of the most unsettling parts of this case includes the tent being cut from the inside as the hikers scrambled to escape, instead of unzipping it.
Many of the hikers were found without proper clothing and shoes on their bodies. But what else was found on the clothes that one person was wearing?
- One of the reasons for the theory of covert military testing causing the hikers' deaths were the levels of radiation that were found on one body.
The hikers' injuries were very strange. What body parts were missing from several of the victims?
- Though animals or natural decomposition can wreak havoc on a body, many people believe these injuries are strangely brutal and specific.
What are some of the top theories that some people believe explain the deaths of the hikers?
- Theories range from nuclear testing to a Bigfoot attack, depending on who you ask.
How many hikers were part of the Dyatlov group?
- There were originally 10 people in the hiking party, but one member named Yuri Yudin was feeling ill and left the group before ascending— saving his life.
The name "Dyatlov Pass" was given to the area after the hikers' deaths to commemorate them. What is the original name of the mountain area where they lost their lives?
- Kholat Syakhl is a fairly remote mountain peak in the Urals, in the north of Russia.
What is the English translation of the mountain name that claimed the hikers' lives?
- Other translations include "silent peak", which refers to the lack of game found there by the native Mansi people.
What is the name of the natural phenomenon that some people think caused the hikers to burst out of their tents in a panic?
- Along with a slab avalanche, many people believe these powerful winds could have terrified the hikers and sent them into the elements.