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On the night of February 2, 1959, a group of nine Russian ski hikers mysteriously died on Kholat Syakh (Mountain of the Dead) in the northern Ural mountains. It wasn't until February 26 that a search party located the shredded tent. The bodies of the deceased ski hikers were found scattered around with very little clothing on them.
Three of the bodies had crushed ribs and fractured skulls and they showed no signs of a struggle. There was also an orange tan on all the bodies and one woman from the group was missing a tongue. To add to this, the victims' clothes were radioactive!
Needless to say, investigators in Soviet Russia had their hands full with this case. After a lot of scrutiny, they deemed this incident an act of a "compelling unknown force!" And as is the case with all things unknown and compelling, this incident soon became ideal fodder for conspiracy theorists.
However, the most logical explanation to this conundrum seems to be surprisingly bland. The fact that ten ski hikers (one dropped out early on) set out on an expedition to a small settlement called Vizah to the Otorten mountain on a Category III route--one that is "very difficult" to scale--in the dead of winter meant their chances of survival were slim.
Secondly, they all were found dead with very little clothing on. This can be explained by a phenomenon called paradoxical undressing, which is a symptom of hypothermia. This compels victims to remove their clothes as the cold sets in and their brains malfunction.
As for the missing tongue of the woman in the party, many believe a scavenging animal may have devoured it. Given that the tongue has soft tissue, it could be the first thing a hungry scavenger would go for, especially if it's sticking out of a otherwise frozen body!
The orange color of the victims' skins can be attributed to the regular exposure to sunlight for over 24 days. And finally, the mysterious radiation can be attributed to the Soviet military! According to some reports, the area in question had a lot of scrap metal laying around, which could have been used for testing low-grade nuclear weapons.
Of course, all this sounds a lot less interesting than perhaps an attack by mysterious creatures or an evil spirit! And that is exactly what many people still believe--or at least are trying to prove--years after the case was closed under shady circumstances.
Either way, the leader of the unlucky group, Igor Dyatlov, was immortalized as the macabre incident came to be known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
-Pictures courtesy Wikimedia-
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