The Dyatlov Pass Incident

“Siberia,” historically, has been less a geographical designation than a state of mind, a looming threat—the frozen hell on earth to which czarist and Communist Russias sent their political undesirables. By this definition, Siberia is not so much a place as it is a hardship to endure, and perhaps that’s what Vladimir means when he says that we are in Siberia. I trudge on.” – Donny Eichar, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

In February 1959, nine hikers died mysteriously in the northern Ural Mountains in the Soviet Union. In our first episode, we discuss the state the hikers were found in, along with the theories that attempt to explain the strange injuries. According to record, an “unknown compelling force” was to blame for the deaths, however, that’s not enough for many people.

(06:15) “…at least one eyeball was missing amongst the group.”

Some of the injuries from the group include hypothermia, skull fractures, chest fractures, abrasions on the face and arms, missing eyeballs and tongue, and traces of radiation. Many of the group members were found partially clothed, which was strange given that they were expert hikers. The severe injuries were similar to those found in a car accident, suggesting that it is improbable they were caused by human force.

Major theories are discussed including the possibility of an avalanche, involvement with the KGB, the group doing drugs, and rare weather occurrences.

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