EPISODE 203: WHAT HAPPENED AT DYATLOV PASS?

On January 23, 1959- a group of young Soviet hikers set out on a 16-day skiing expedition to the peak of Mt. Otorten in the Ural Mountains of Russia.

When the group never returned home, search groups were dispatched and came across the remains of the group’s tent which was sliced open from the inside; in it, were all of the hikers’ gear and belongings (including their shoes), but no sign of life.

The day they found the tent, investigators also found five of the hikers’ bodies scattered throughout the snowy landscape nearby, but it would take FOUR MONTHS before they found the remaining four hikers… and when the autospies on those last bodies were conducted, the BIGGEST mystery in all of Russian history was born.

EPISODE 203: WHAT HAPPENED AT DYATLOV PASS? CRACKPOP

Episode Contents:

MAP OF THE HIKERS’ TRIP TO MT. OTORTEN 

PHOTOS FROM THE HIKERS’ CAMERAS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER FROM BEFORE THEIR HIKE TO THE DAY BEFORE THEY DIED)

THEORY 1: A YETI ATTACK

This photo was caught on one of the hikers’ cameras and many believe it to be of a Yeti. This theory proposes that after the hikers ran into and angered the Yeti, it came back for them in the middle of the night and brutally murdered all nine hikers.

THEORY 2: ALIENS

This was the very last photograph captured by the hikers’ cameras. Paired with the glowing orange orbs seen in the night sky by others that night, some believe one of the hikers caught a UFO in the left corner of this photograph (the moon would be the circle in the middle). Then to keep their existence a secret, aliens killed every member of the group.

THEORY 3: SOVIET MILITARY

This massacre occurred during the Cold War; the Soviet Military were reported to be testing new weapons like these parachute mines in the Ural Mountains at the time of the hikers’ deaths. This theory believes that the military accidentally murdered the hikers with these bombs, and then covered it up to make it look like an accident.

THEORY 4: SLAB AVALANCHE

The diagram above attempts to illustrate how a slab avalanche could have destroyed the groups’ tent, although no avalanches have ever been recorded in this part of the Ural Mountains. This story goes that the avalanche came fast down the slope towards the tent, covering the hikers in their sleep; while some of them survived, they never made it back to their tent and, thus, died of hypothermia.

THEORY 5: INFRASOUND

In his book “Dead Mountain,” Donnie Eichar proposes a theory that an extremely low vibrational sound caused by the wind induced panic attacks in all of the hikers, causing them to flee their tent in a panic; the hikers then died of hypothermia as they were never able to make their way back to their tent.

THEORY 6: THE MANSI PEOPLE

Though the local indigenous people are known to be peaceful, some believe that the hikers had entered sacred Mansi territory which angered the tribesmen so much that they killed all of the hikers.

THEORY 7: ONE OF THE HIKERS

37-year-old Sasha (third from the left) was the last to join the expedition and was met with some hesitancy. Some believe that he might have had some disagreements with the group’s young leader Igor Dyatlov. There are many who believe Sasha never quite fit in with the group, and he might’ve gotten into a physical altercation with Dyatlov or another member of the group which escalated quickly and caused the others to flee for safety.

THEORY 8: KATABATIC WINDS

This diagram explains how a heavy wind might have made the tent uninhabitable and caused the hikers to flee to the forest, where they become incapacitated and never make their way back to the safety of their tent.

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