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The Dyatlov Pass Accident refers to an incident that resulted in the death of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains. The incident happened on the night of February 2, 1959 on the east shoulder of the mountain Kholat Syakhl(a Mansi name, meaning Mountain of the Dead). The mountain pass where the accident occurred has been named Dyatlov Pass after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov.

The mysterious circumstances of the hikers’ deaths have inspired much speculation. Investigations of the deaths suggest that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot in heavy snow; while the corpses show no signs of struggle, one victim had a fractured skull, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. The victims’ clothing contained high levels of radiation. Soviet investigators determined only that “a compelling unknown force” had caused the deaths, barring entry to the area for years thereafter. The causes of the accident remain unclear.

It had been agreed beforehand that Dyatlov would send a telegraph to their sports club as soon as the group returned to Vizhai. It was expected that this would happen no later than February 12, but when this date had passed and no messages had been received, there was no reaction, delays of a few days were common in such expeditions. Only after the relatives of the travelers demanded a rescue operation did the head of the institute send the first rescue groups, consisting of volunteer students and teachers, on February 20. Later, the army and police forces became involved, with planes and helicopters being ordered to join the rescue operation.

On February 26, the searchers found the abandoned camp on Kholat Syakhl. The tent was badly damaged. A chain of footsteps could be followed, leading down towards the edge of nearby woods (on the opposite side of the pass, 1.5km north-east), but after 500 meters they were covered with snow. At the forest edge, under a large old pine, the searchers found the remains of a fire, along with the first two dead bodies, those of Krivonischenko and Doroshenko, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. Between the pine and the camp the searchers found three more corpses – Dyatlov, Kolmogorova and Slobodin – who seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the camp. They were found separately at distances of 300, 480 and 630 meters from the pine tree.

Searching for the remaining four travelers took more than two months. They were finally found on May 4, under four meters of snow, in a stream valley further into the wood from the pine tree.

An examination of the four bodies which were found in May changed the picture. Three of them had fatal injuries; the body of Thibeaux-Brignollel had major skull damage, and both Dubunina and Zolotarev had major chest fractures. The force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high, with one expert comparing it to the force of a car crash. Notably, the bodies had no external wounds, as if they were crippled by a high level of pressure. One woman was found to be missing her tongue. There had initially been some speculation that the indigenous Mansi people may have attacked and murdered the group, for encroaching upon their lands, but investigation indicated that the nature of their deaths did not support this thesis; the hikers’ footprints alone were visible, and they showed no sign of hand-to-hand struggle.

There was evidence that the team was forced to leave the camp during the night, as they were sleeping. Though the temperature was very low (around -25° to -30°C) with a storm blowing, the dead were dressed only partially, and certainly inadequately for the conditions. Some of them had only one shoe, while others had no shoes or wore only socks. Some were found wrapped in snips of ripped clothes which seemed to be cut from those who were already dead.

Journalists reporting on the available parts of the inquest files claim that it states:

Six of the group members died of hypothermia and three of fatal injuries.

There were no indications of other people nearby apart from the nine travellers on Kholat Syakhl, nor anyone in the surrounding areas.

The tent had been ripped open from within.

The victims had died 6 to 8 hours after their last meal.

Traces from the camp showed that all group members (including those who were found injured) left the camp of their own accord, by foot.

One doctor investigating the case suggested that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, owing to the extreme force to which they had been subjected.
Forensic radiation tests had shown high doses of radioactive contamination on the clothes of a few victims.
The final verdict was that the group members all died because of an “unknown compelling force”. The inquest ceased officially in May 1959 due to the “absence of a guilty party”. The files were sent to a secret archive, and the photocopies of the case became available only in the 1990s, with some parts missing

Some researchers point out the following facts which were missed, perhaps ignored, by officials:

After the funerals, relatives of the deceased claimed that the skin of the victims had a strange orange tan.

A former investigating officer said, in a private interview, that his dosimeter had shown a high radiation level on Kholat Syakhl, and that this was the reason for the radiation found on the bodies. However, the source of the contamination was not found.

Another group of hikers (about 50 kilometers south of the accident) reported that they saw strange orange spheres in the night sky to the north (likely the direction of in Kholat Syakhl) at the same date as the accident happened. Similar “spheres” were observed in Ivdel and adjacent areas continually during the period of February to March 1959, by various independent witnesses (including the meteorology service and the military).

Some reconstructions of the victims’ behavior suggest that they were blinded. The rescue team had seen that the victims broke damp and thick pine branches for the fire, even though there was good dry brushwood around.

Some reports suggested that much scrap metal was located in the area, leading to speculation that the military had utilized the area secretly and might be engaged in a cover-up.

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  • Skwirral

    radioactive alien yeti?

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  • Radioactive Alien Yeti

    Nah, wasn’t me, man.
    I’d remember.

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  • r

    but.. THEN WHO WAS SPHERE?

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    • I AM SPHERE

      Well ….. this is akward

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  • meowmixkid

    I was phone! bwahahahahaha…no not really =D

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    • YOU CANT HANDLE THE USERNAME

      COOL USERNAME. TOO BAD MINES SO AWESOME NOBODY CAN HANDLE IT

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      • pika

        *Triest handleusername,fails*

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  • meowmixkid

    darn, typo in last comment >.<

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  • VitriolicV

    Weird, the name filled into the name field by default was meowmixkid.

    Anyway, I find the “forensic” conclusions here to be so iffy. The tent was ripped open from the inside? Who says? The tear pattern of the fibers? That’s all loose stuff. It won’t maintain any signs of which direction it was ripped. It’s not like glass, following the momentum of the bullet that hit it, falling outside. It’s cloth. Tethered at the top and bottom of the tent. Flapping in the wind. The fact that it’s used to draw what is re-iterated two or three times in the story as an important conclusion is so FABRICATED looking.

    Can we get some Russian speakers to verify that these are real Russian names? I mean, not all names are standard, but if NONE of them are, or if all of them are names taken from famous Russians, that’s iffy.

    The whole “this couldn’t have been done by humans” thing is stupid. We’re tool users. We have things like sledgehammers to cave chests in with.

    And the people went for a snowy walk “of their own volition?” Who says they weren’t taken at gunpoint by someone who covered his footprints somehow?

    How did we get from “scrap metal” to “obviously scrap metal means government cover-up?” And if there were a government cover-up, why would volunteer students be the first search party? That wouldn’t happen. It would have been a military operation immediately.

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    • Johnny

      Stupid comment to say the least. Observations as well are just as far fetched and made up as the story.

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      • Alexander

        The Dyatlov Pass incident is real. You can wiki the title.

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      • Hmmm man

        http://skeptoid.com/mobile/4108

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  • anony-mouse

    Vitriolic V, the plot’s supposed to have holes, no explination is supposed to be logical, and the characters have to be idiots. That’s what makes it a creepasta.

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  • Sphere

    I wanted to say high, but I emit a light bright enough to burn out the human cornea. Sorry =/

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  • anon

    you spelled the name wrong its dyatlov

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  • MooMOo

    lol at Yeti

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  • Sphere

    @r

    I am sphere.

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    • I AM SPHERE

      No I am Sphere

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      • NO I AM SPHERE

        That^

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  • Shuriken

    I like this one. Does it come from a book or what? I’d read something or watch something with this premise. It reminds me of the x-files. The only qualm I have is that it gets a tad repetative.

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  • Myou-chan

    wow…pretty interesting

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  • Comment Leaver

    @ Radioactive Alien Yeti: XD

    @ everyone else: This really did happen. I saw this story before it was posted. Go google it for more info.

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    • Anonymous

      Im not saying this was paranormal, but it is based on a true story. It happened in Russia in 1959. There has always been alot of speculation as to what actually happened, but the people and place are definately factual. In fact there was a documentary created about it in 2000 called Dyatlov Pass.

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  • Sara

    I read this somewhere before, but I can’t remember where. I could’ve sworn it was on here… It’s spelled Dyatlov though.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_pass_accident

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  • Comment Leaver

    Ugh let me explain it further if I can…

    Ok, the people were all cozy in their tent, on a hiking expedition over the mountains, they were all experienced. Anyways, late in the night something scared them, still in their bed clothes out of the tent into the open and freezing wilderness and away from the tent. Some ran to the river, some to a tree. The were supposedly blinded and ripped their way out of the tent in a desperate attempt to escape. The were hit with the force of what was said to be comparable to an automobile accident.

    They also left out the part where one of the chicks tongues was missing. -_-

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  • r

    @sphere

    OH SHI

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  • Thge Person Formerly known as ‘Noneya’

    I lol’d at almost all of the comments.

    Oh, Vitrolic V, the name thing alwayts defaults to someone else. Right now I was defaulted as ‘r’, so I think its just the way the forum is set up.

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  • Foolish

    So they got an orange tan… because the spheres were orange? I didn’t know radioactive light could emit orange. And why the tongue?

    Ookay. Well, It’s unnerving. However, it’s weird, in that it’s very detailed, yet vague and plot-holey. Melikes it, though.

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  • Icecry0

    I was so bored by this story I failed to even be slightly scared.

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  • r

    i just got defaulted to icecry0. i thought it was a glitch through the mobile phone browser i use, as it happens often to me.

    it never bothered me to begin with.

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  • life

    @sara i read this on /x/ (my favorite part of 4chan). it creeped me out at first but i got over it! but still enticing jolly good.

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  • Sara

    @life It wasn’t 4chan. I was so sure it was on here. I even went looking in the categories, but no. Idk, but the fact that I’ve read it before and don’t remember where creeps me out far more than the story did.

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com WHO WAS PHONE?

    @Sara

    Thanks for catching the spelling error.

    If I wasn’t so tired and was feeling more creative, I’d try and say something spooky about the fact that you felt like you’d seen this before, but all I could come up with was “I’M BLOGGING IN YOUR BRAIN” and that’s really, really awful, so…no…

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  • wheat

    This is just a wikipedia article. I’ll accept it that this is creepypasta, just because it appears in a lot of creepythreads but I hope we don’t end up just looking for articles of junk.

    Anyway, why did they even search for radiation? I mean, is that standard protocol? “Gee these guys died in the woods, I wonder if they are eradiated?”

    pretty much everything except the missing tongue and the radiation could be explained by a bear.

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    • Anonymous

      It is spelled irradiated, but good try.

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