The unexplained intrigues me. We are a world full of people who insist on answers. So when something happens that no single person, scientist, or specialist can explain, I tend to get a little obsessed. Not in a bad way, but I like the draw of amazing unanswerable questions, and when I think about them, it only presents more unanswerable questions, and I end stacking questions on top of questions with little help of having any of them answered, and in an odd way, I enjoy that mystery. The beauty of having my own site is that I can bring these questions up, and hopefully, incite some conversations about some of these things, because there has to be somebody out there who knows something, and maybe by discussing it, we will come one step closer to finding some answers. Though part of me fears what we would find if we did, indeed, get all the answers about the Dyatlov Pass incident, when nine experienced hikers died in some strange ways and under some very creepy circumstances, and yet still, no one can explain what happened.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident happened in the Ural mountains in Russia on February second of 1959. Nine (or ten depending on what you read) experienced skiers and hikers set out to ski across the Northern Urels. The party consisted of all males, and two females. They setup camp in the basin of a mountain their first night with the intent of setting out the next day, but from all accounts, the next day never came. Something happened that night, and none of the campers would ever be seen alive again.
Something happened that night, and no one knows what it is. Something insane and horrifying and inexplicable. Cracked can pretend they do, but when thousands of scientists and specialists don’t, either do Cracked. Something caused those people to cut and slash their way out of the tent from the inside, and flee to the surrounding, snowy mountains, either stripping, or already half-naked. There was a nearby tree that had tree branches broken off, five meters up, implying one of them have tried to scurry up a tree. Four of the people found a few meters from the camp site had broken ribs and fractured bones, but no sign at all of any physical injuries. One person checking the victims compared the injuries to those that would be sustained if someone came to a dead stop in car going fifty-five miles an hour. Take a moment to think about that for a second. Something scared these people so badly, they cut their way out of their tents, and whatever it was, still ended up killing them, brutally.
So what was it? What really happened at Dyatlov Pass?
And while there are many theories on why they may have been naked (weren’t found for weeks, animal scavengers, or even paradoxical undressing, when the mind mistakes freezing as being hot and can cause the person to hallucinate and strip their clothing) there are elements that DON’T make sense. Why did nine experienced hikers and campers all fall victim to whatever happened that night? They say they found two sets of bodies, the bodies with the impact injuries, and bodies further away that died of hypothermia. What caused the group to separate? What caused them to feel the need to pretty much claw their way out of the insides of the tent (don’t tell me an avalanche, because the tents would not have been found, and the bodies would have shown signs of that). Why was one of the nearby tree’s branches broken up to five meters high, and also, and I haven’t even touched on this one yet, why were high amounts of radiation found in the clothing they found scattered around the scene? I am not asking you all this with it leading to some cool conclusion or home-spun theory. I honestly have no idea. I asking you all because I want to know.
Like, really, what happened up there at Dyatlov Pass? Maybe if I keep asking, I will eventually get an answer. But again, I am not sure I want it.
There are theories, and they number in the high dozens, but most of them are fairly easy to disprove with common sense. Even the more sound ideas like a potential indigenous tribe that was threatened by these people coming onto their land so they came and murdered them in the night makes no sense because why did they force themselves OUT OF the tent, and why were there no other foot prints? Even the idea of an avalanche would be supported by some topographic proof, and there is nothing here. Nothing but nine dead bodies, nearly naked and half of them physically broken, and here we are, over 5o years later, and no closer to knowing what happened to those nine people that fateful night in the cold, Russian wilderness.
The Wikipedia about it is rather robust, so feel free to go kill a few hours over there and see if you can come up with some theories of your own. But for now, I feel like you will walk away from this the same exact way I do, every time I think about. Dumbfounded, a little creeped out, and no closer to any answers that make sense.