Dyatlov Pass

Claire Matheny


You (Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov), a Russian skier, take nine other friends on the ski trip of a lifetime, and you couldn't be more excited. On your way up one of your friends, by the name of Yuri Yefimovich Yudin, falls ill and turns back, but nothing will stop you from an amazing ski trip. Five days later on the night of February 1, 1959, for you and your companions, the word terror is redefined.

Twenty-Five days later your body is found with four other skiers' corpses.

Nobody may ever know what happened to you.


The public will probably never know what truly happened to the 9 Russian skiers on that cold night, but we do know that what these people experienced was absolute horror.

February 1, 1959 at approximately 7:00 PM the team decided to put up their tent on the side of a mountain and enjoy a meal. Nearly an hour after that most of the crew decided to sleep due to the exhausting trek of the day. At around 11:00 at -1 degrees Celsius the tent was shredded from the inside out and everyone fled. Twenty-Five days later five of the victims are found dead and spread out (Krivonischenko, Doroshenko, Dyatlov, Slobodin and Kolmogorov). All four were reported to have died from hypothermia. On May 4, 1960 four more bodies were found and identified (Thibeaux-Brignollel, Dubinina, Zolotarev, and Kolevatov) all of which exept Kolevatov died of fatal injuries. This injuries include many broken ribs, skull fractures and even a missing tongue. Two of the victims had trace levels of radiation found on them which is the cause of many conspiracies as well as the orange tint, and the lack of clothes found on the bodies.

So as Paul St. Claire questions in his article Dyatlov Pass Incident, "Why did nine people flee from their tent in conditions that were almost certain to result in their death?"



Tucked away in the Northern Ural Mountains (called the Arctic section of the Urals) is Death Mountain, the very mountain in which nine friends tragically died. The Arctic section of the mountains are wider and taller than the south section (Sub-Arctic) with the highest elevation being 6,217 ft. The Arctic Urals can be found in Western Russia stretching all the way to the Arctic Ocean.

Why So Strange?

At first glance this incident may just seem like a hiking trip gone wrong, but when you look into the details many things aren't quite right...

  • Research found that humans couldn't inflict the injuries that three of the skiers sustained
  • Many people were found barely clothed
  • The bodies were found in different places (why did they split up?)
  • One person's tongue was cut out
  • The area was sealed for at least three years following the incident
  • There was no sign of struggle found
  • The tent was shredded from the inside out
  • Trace levels of radiation were found (this may or may not be true)
  • An orange tint was found on all the bodies

Modern Evidence and Research

Recent research has brought up some very compelling evidence that we previously didn't know about the tragic night of February 1, 1959. One piece of evidence pointing to a Russian Yeti or Aliens are photos found on one of the campers camera's (found below). Although scientists are skeptical on whether these photos are real or not, they were a very interesting and important part of my research. Another fact that modern research has dug up is a snowstorm that occurred the night the hikers died which is a very plausible explanation. Shortly after the incident the files were sealed causing high levels suspicion, but when they were finally opened, parts were missing. Doesn't that make you wonder, What is Russia covering up?


As you can imagine, the Dyatlov Pass Incident has many theories which range from wind pitches to a Russian Yeti. Nonetheless all of them are quite interesting, but none of them can quite explain ALL of what truly happened that night.

  1. Avalanche- A snowstorm was occurring that night which could have triggered an avalanche
  2. Hypothermia- Hypothermia can have side effects that mess with your mind, including one called paradoxical undressing that causes the victim to want to undress (this could explain why some of them were found barely clothed)
  3. Animal Attack- The fist thing an animal looks for when scrounging for food is the soft mouth tissues which would explain why one of the females was found without a tongue
  4. Mansi Natives- Mansi Natives are harsh natives that could have attacked the four victims found in May; this points to why they had fatal injuries
  5. Russian Yeti- Do I need to explain?
  6. Secret Weapon Testing- It has been thought that Russia was testing military weapons near the campers without knowledge of them, this explains the fatal injuries and the trace levels of radiation
  7. UFO/Aliens- People suspect aliens are the ones responsible for the orange/tan tint and the damage done to the bodies
  8. Infrasonic- A specific sound range that may or may to be heard, but causes anxiety, sorrow and chills and could have caused irrational thoughts (to learn more about infrasonic realating to Dylatov Pass see http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/01/infrasonic-intrusion-a-new-theory-behind-the-dyatlov-pass-incident/)


Claire Matheny

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