The Mysterious Death of Nine Campers in Russia’s Dyatlov Pass

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“If I had a chance to ask God just one question, it would be, ‘What really happened to my friends that night?’” Yury Yudin, expedition survivor.

You may think horror films are creepy, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. In 1959, ten normal, healthy cross-country skiers set off on a camping trip in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Nine never returned. When their bodies were finally found, many elements of eerie mystery hung heavily in the air. Three of the individuals had fallen victim to inexplicable crushing injuries. The tongue of one of the others was missing.


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According to some reports, the radiation levels of the victims’ clothing were also abnormally high. Why? Nobody knows. And what was it that made the skiers slash their tent from the inside to trudge, practically naked, through deep snow, in temperatures as low as –30°C (-22°F)? Further deepening the mystery, why did the government seal all the files relating to the incident? Join us as we journey back in time to trace the steps of those who died in Dyatlov Pass (which was named after the leader of the expedition). Pictures of the dead follow.

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The skiers set out on their expedition on January 27, 1959. One of the original members of the party, Yuri Yudin, had to turn back due to illness before the first night’s camping. He was the only one of the trekkers to survive. As for the rest, they were headed towards a peak named Kholat Syakhl, which means “Mountain of the Dead” in the language of the native Mansi people.

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