The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Real Life Incidents, March 19th, 2021
illustration by Manish

The newspaper, dailies are always filled with accidents, murders, Kidnappings, etc. One such incident that created headlines in Russia was occurred at Dyatlov Pass. The weird things that were accounted and investigated at the sight were stranger than the reports. The mystery of the horrifying incident has so far been unable to collect a convincing reason that explains the cause of the murders.

On February 2nd, 1959, during the cold winter on kholat Syakhl in Russia, nine intrepid ski hikers decided to do ski hike (what they referred as). On February 26th the sight of their bodies turned up. But it was the discovery of the campgrounds that added more fuel to the creepy fire. The ski hikers’ tent was shredded. The skiers were scattered around the grounds wearing either very sparse clothing or just their underwear. Three of them were sighted with crushed ribs and fractured skulls but there were no visible defense marks or any other signs of struggle. In fact, one of the bodies was, missing a tongue.

Some level of radiation could be traced on their bodies. The official statement on what happened was as vague as possible, saying it was caused by an “unknown compelling force”. The story became an internet sensation over the years with many people blaming aliens, then, ghosts and then the yeti, or possibly all of them working in tandem.

There are six things that freak people out about this unnerving news: the woman without a tongue, a mysterious orange tan on the bodies, the torn tens, the half-naked hikers, the severely crushed hikers and some traces of radioactivity. What is more bang is that the bodies weren’t found until weeks later.

Some people have an explanation for the missing tongue and that is, a scavenging animal would mostly go for al soft tissue of an open mouth, especially if it smelled like the burrito (the hiker just ate). As far as the tan is concerned, it can be justified that they were laying out in the sun surrounded by white snow for days. The trauma and the effect of the crushed tents can be regarded to an avalanche. Their state of undress can be explained by paradoxical undressing (a known behavior of hypothermia victims when their brains start to freeze resulting in malfunction).

The radioactivity is still unsolved and no one had a clue as to what caused it. The researchers have been clueless about it. However, none of the details that have been mentioned above can be counted as straight facts as these are more of less build up on illusions and people normally perceive it as nothing more than a tragic hiking accident.

References: Dyatlov Pass, Dyatlov Pass incident – Wikipedia

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