I actually first came across the Dyatlov Pass mystery in 2013 when I sat down to watch a Found Footage horror film ( The Dyatlov Pass Incident ). It wasn’t until a few days after the viewing that I realized the film was based on real events…
The Ural Mountains have had their fair share of folklore and mysteries over the centuries but nothing close to the incident that took place February 2, 1959.
On that fateful night nine highly experienced cross country skiers met their end in extremely baffling circumstances.
Hypothermia was listed as only one of the reasons behind the group’s demise – the other cause was simply reported as an ‘unknown force’. The case was then strangely put into a top secret file and the area was blocked off to the public for the next three years.
All nine of the skiers attended the nearby Ural Polytechnic Institute. They were in the process of completing an expedition on Otorten Mountain in the northern Urals.
They failed to return home at their set destination date ( February 12, 1959 ) so their families quickly reported them missing to the local authorities.
A search group was put together and on February 26th they stumbled upon the skier’s abandoned campsite. As soon as they saw the state of the site they knew something terrible had happened.
For some reason all of the student’s belongings were still at the camp and the tents seemed to be ripped apart from the inside. There were various snippets of film rolls and journals spread all over the camp area.
When they checked the surrounding snowfall they discovered that many of the group had fled the campsite in just their socks – some had even left barefoot!
The first two bodies to be discovered were Yuri Krivonischenko and Yuri Doroshenko, by a set of pine trees on the outskirts of a nearby forest. They were completely barefoot and had no clothes on other than their underwear.
They had at some point attempted to create a fire in this forest spot and even constructed a small monument out of wood logs. Investigators came to the conclusion that this pile of wood was being used as some sort of lookout by the two skiers.
Igor Dyatloff, Zinaida Kolmogorova and Rustem Slobodin were the next bodies to be found. These three had made some attempt to move location from the forest and head back towards their campsite.
It was later revealed that Rustem Slobodin’s body had a fractured skull but it was hypothermia that eventually ended up killing him.
The final four bodies were found two months later in a forest ravine. One of the deceased, Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolle, was found with his head completely caved in.
Examinations of Lyudmila Dubinina and Alexander Zolotarev revealed that they both had several broken ribs – Dubinina was even missing her tongue!
Doctors had no real idea what had caused such horrific injuries to the exploring party. They claimed that the force used to traumatize their bodies was equal to that of a car crash.
They also later revealed that the group members who had died first had actually been stripped of their clothing by the surviving students. Zolotaryov wore Dubinina’s fur coat and Dubinina had a piece of cloth wrapped around her foot that belonged to Krivonishenko.
Each of the bodies also displayed large amounts of radiation poisoning with a very strange orange color to their exposed skin.
The case was eventually closed as unexplained and not much was heard about it until the files were declassified many years later.
The files contained a report from a fellow skier that was camped approximately 50 kilometers away from the group. He claimed that he had witnessed strange sphere shaped UFO’s over the camp area that very same night!
The Dyatlov Pass Mystery
Many theories have emerged surrounding the Dyatlov Pass mystery – top secret military testing grounds, some strange sort of avalanche and alien activity…
What do you think happened to this unfortunate group of skiers?