Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

photo taken by soviet authorities at the abandoned camp
The Dyatlov Pass Incident is the creepy and true mystery of nine experienced Russian cross-country skiers, led by Igor Dyatlov, in 1959.

All that is known is during the night all nine suddenly fled their tent, cutting it open from the inside, and raced out into the sub-zero temps without coats or boots, most in their underwear, some even barefoot or with a single sock or boot. They ran downhill toward a wooded area some 1.5 kilometers away. Most died of hypothermia; though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. Oh, and there were traces of radiation on their clothing.

Don't get too creeped out though. You can find many excellent, and logical theories online (just google it, if you are interested) but one I just do not buy is paradoxical undressing, or shedding your clothes when suffering from hypothermia. They built a fire in the woods, and as they died, the survivors took clothing from the dead, which isn't exactly 'paradoxical undressing' behavior.

Not that I think it was aliens; it was probably just a radioactive yeti.

18 comments:

ed said...

obviously drugs, i do this all the time

Jay.CA said...

interesting, never heard of this incident before.

Zombie said...

They should have watched man vs wild!! lol.

Astronomy Pirate said...

I've heard of this before. I think the answer is a combination of radiation (this was during the height of the cold war), drugs, and hypothermia. There could have been fallout in the area, undetected and the people could have been given experimental drugs, as was standard procedure in those days. I think I also read that there was evidence of an avalanche, so perhaps the avalanche stirred up the radioactive fallout. In any case, the reports of the amount of law enforcement involved were more then necessary for this sort of case.

A Hermit said...

That's a very odd incident

Anita Johnson said...

Mant hats creepy. Check out my new blog, puzzledyet.blogspot.com if you haven't already!

Anette said...

Nothing explains that missing tongue, though... Creepy.

husar said...

nice post

+ follower:)

Alphabeta said...

I'm with Astronomy Pirate on this one.
I don't find it too 'chilling' a story. ; ]

Devon Davidson said...

The missing tongue isn't all that mysterious.

Think about it, soft, warm piece of meat that's relatively exposed. Perfect food for a wandering scavenger.

Shelby Fox said...

It needs aliens to be more chilling!

I've heard of paradoxical freezing though. Never got to that point, but I guess I've never been sleeping in a tent in the Russian winter before.

Matt Neumann said...

wow, great blog! Looking forward to more posts! im following!

Rachel Neilson said...

IS that a real story?

Moob said...

man this is pretty creepy

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

totally creepy

Alexis said...

Hmm, well, consider me creeped.

Kevings said...

"Not that I think it was aliens; it was probably just a radioactive yeti."

That sentence made me sit and nod IRL lol :) Good article

Nemo said...

radioactive yeti seems like the resonable explination

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