WTF-Dyatlov Pass incident

I love mysteries, here is one I find fascinating.

Dyatlov Pass incident what we know.


It is located in the Ural mountains, specifically, Kholat Syakhl whose name means “Dead Mountian” due to lack of game. SO named by the native Mansi.  The incident happened in 1959. There were eight students and one professor/group leader who lost their lives….


  • 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


Their goal was to reach Otorten who’s name means “Don’t go there.” using a catagory 3 route. (The most diffecult?) Their climb began in the city of  Ivdel in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia on January 25. They drove to Vizhai, the last town befor the clumb were the incredibly lucky  Yuri Yudin dropped out due to illness.

February 1 the team became stranded in the pass due to weather.

Families of the climbers and Mr Yudin demanded a search after the climbers  were eight days late in checking on back at Vizhai.

The search part found more than expected.

What rescuers found was a massacre.

Six days after the search started the search party found the team’s tent, cut from the inside, with no one in it.  Footprints leading to the treeline showed the missing hikers left in their socks, one shoe, or barefoot.  It was here rescuers became a recovery team when they found the first two bodies, Krivonischenko and Doroshenko.

The two were laying under a cedar tree with recently broken branches.  They  were barefoot and in their underwear laying near the remains of a small fire. Their deaths appeared to me caused by hypothermia. (It’s not uncommon for people to strip before death from cold)

Dyatlov, Kolmogorova and Slobodin were found after, their positions indicated they may have been trying to return to camp.Their deaths seemed normal.

The rest weren’t found till May, in their hiding place of a nearby ravine.

Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolles had a depressed skull fracture. Dubinina and Zolotarev chests were crushed and their  eyes were missing. Dubinina’s tongue was missing.  The internal injuries have no explanation other  “great pressure”.that something stronger than a human did it as the injuries were similar to being hit by a car. Unusually the soft tissues around the broken bones were undamaged.

Official cause of death is “a compelling force.”

Other stuff

Some witnesses say that the last three found had ohysical changes such as oringish skin and white hair. It’s said thay wer also radioactive. No idea how accurate this is.

There are many theories like..

The military



Kompolen(a protective forest spitit honored by the Mansi)

Yeti or more accurately Almasty


The Mansi(pretty sure this has been disproven)


a crap load of others.


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