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Friday, 3 July 2015

FREAKY FRIDAY | THE DYALTOV PASS INCIDENT

The Dyaltov incident surrounds the case of the in-explainable death of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains, back in February 1959. Although the final verdict was that the hikers all died of a natural force, as always, there are many facts and theories surrounding this case suggesting that their death could have been caused by something different altogether.

In February 1959, a group of ten people hiked across the northern Urals in Sverdlovsk Oblast, one member of which had to turn back due to illness. One evening, the group decided to set up camp on the slope of a mountain after realizing they had lost their sense of direction, and not wanting to lose the altitude they had gained, chose to camp there instead of somewhere safer and more sheltered.

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Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolle, Luda Dubrinina, Semyon Zolotarvev and Zina Kolmogorova
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After being declared missing, on February 26th, searchers found the group's empty and damaged tent. Nearby, bodies were found in odd circumstances and the final four bodies of the hikers took a further two months to be discovered. It was concluded that the bodies of the hikers first found had died of hypothermia. The final four bodies, however, had major and fatal injuries, notability from chest fractures so severe they could be compared to those gained from the force of a car crash (but no external wounds, almost as if the bodies had been subjected to a high level of pressure). One of the hikers, Dubinina, was missing her tongue, eyes and part of her lips.

Additionally, all the bodies had been found in almost near naked states. The footprints leading away from the tent (which was badly damaged and ripped open from the inside) - along with the groups belongings and shoes being left behind - suggested that they had all fled from their tent wearing simply socks, a single shoe or nothing at all. The first bodies found were dressed only in their underwear, but the last four bodies found were dressed in more, suggesting that they had taken clothes from the others.

The most common theory is that there was an avalanche - the group would have had to have cut their way out of their tent after being 'snowed in', and that their items of clothing and shoes would have been ruined by the cold and wet snow, making the items dangerous to wear. But it was obvious the group had left in a hurry, with one hiker taking his camera but leaving the rest of his equipment behind.

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The tent as it was found
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Others believe it could have been a military accident, due to reports of parachute mines being tested in that particular area around the time that they were there. People also believe that the bodies had been moved and that photos of the tent show that it was put up incorrectly, an odd fact considering how experienced the hikers were.

Bizarrely, some of the clothing were found to be highly radioactive and around about the same time, other hikers and independent witnesses claim to have spotted strange orange spheres in the night sky, suggesting perhaps another much more disturbing theory to this strange case.

So what was it that contributed to the strange death of these nine hikers? Although an avalanche seems like the most plausible answer, it doesn't explain their odd injuries, their state of undress, their radioactive clothing or even the fact that one of them was missing a TONGUE.

Hopefully one day we'll get answers, but considering there were no survivors in this story, I very much doubt it.

What do you think? Do you think the official avalanche theory is correct? Or perhaps the truth is something much more sinister? Let me know with a comment!

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