On January 23, 1959, nine hikers set off on a hike through the Ural Mountains. One hiker of the ten had remained behind. The students were led by Igor Dyatlov, who the pass was named after succeeding the incident. After the hikers failed to return home at their set date, authorities led by the hiker who remained behind searched where they thought the hiker’s path was. After a while, they found the tent of the hikers. The tent had been ripped open, from the inside, with all their supplies still inside. Miles away from the campsite, a couple of the bodies were found. It was assumed that these hikers had died form hypothermia, as they were not dressed for the arctic temperatures. Farther along, the rest of the bodies were discovered. They had received extreme external damage and died from it. The wounds on the hikers with external damage were not wounds from any animal, experts say.
Many theories surround the Dyatlov Pass incident, many containing the abnormal. Some think that a Yeti stalks the Ural Mountains, and the hikers stumbled upon it. Some think that aliens had killed them. Some of the theories, however, say an avalanche or a hurricane, though this does not cover all of the evidence. Why would the hikers have fled the relative safety of the tent with no clothes, why didn’t they return?
Another popular theory is the infrasound panic theory. Donnie Eichar said in his 2013 book, “Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident,” that a combination of the curve of the mountains around the campsite and high winds had caused a strange sound, causing the hikers to flee. They had then gone too far, some dying of hypothermia, others dying after falling into the ravines where they were found.
People are stumped by the hiker’s evidence. All of the hikers had journals and cameras. The last photograph they took was of a bright beam of light. The journal entries stopped the same day the photograph was taken.
Some theories say that this bright beam of light had caused the hikers to flee their tent, and eventually lead them to their deaths. This theory has holes, though. Why would the hikers run away from a light, why didn’t they dress warmer, why didn’t they return?
I think the most likely theory is Donnie Eichar’s, even though it also has some fractures in the logic. Why didn’t the hikers turn around sooner to go back to the tent, why did they forget to dress for the sub-zero temperatures, and why was their external damage so severe?
Yours in writing,