Creepy stories surface pretty frequently almost everywhere in this world but there are only a few that manage to grab attention and stay fresh through time. The Dyatlov Pass Incident is one such story. What truly sets apart this incident is that the deaths were very real but no one could figure out what really happened. Even today, 56 years later, the mystery remains unsolved. So, what really happened? Let us find out through this list of 36 interesting Dyatlov Pass Incident facts.
Interesting Dyatlov Pass Incident Facts: 1-10
1. The Dyatlov Pass Incident refers to the event in which 9 out of 10 mountain hikers lost their lives on February 2, 1959. The incident happened at night on Kholat Syakhl’s eastern side.
2. Ever since the event, the mountain pass where this tragedy happened has been called as Dyatlov Pass after the name of Igor Dyatlov who was the leader of the group during the hiking expedition.
3. The group wanted to reach the Otorten Mountain which is located 10 kilometers to the north of Dyatlov Pass.
4. The route taken by the hikers was categorized as Class III during February. Class III means ‘MOST DIFFICULT’.
5. The 10 members who embarked on this journey were highly experienced hikers with long ski tour experiences. The group consisted of the following members:
- Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov
- Yuri Nikolaievich Doroshenko
- Lyudmila Alexandrovna Dubinina
- Yuri Alexeievich Krivonischenko
- Alexander Sergeievich Kolevatov
- Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova
- Rustem Vladimirovich Slobodin
- Nicolai Vladimirovich Thibeaux-Brignolles
- Semyon Alexandrovich Zolotariov
- Yuri Yefimovich Yudin
6. Two out of these 10 members were females and most of them were from Ural Polytechnical Institute.
7. The group started their journey in January and reached Ivdel city by train on January 25. From there they reached Vizhai by a truck on January 27. Vizhai was the last inhabited area to the north of the province Sverdlovsk Oblast.
8. On January 28, Yuri Yefimovich Yudin had to return back because he was feeling sick. The rest of the 9 members continued with their journey.
9. The group arrived at a highland area’s edge on January 31. They prepped up for climbing and in a wooden valley, they stashed some surplus equipment and food with the intention of using the same during their return journey.
10. On February 1st, the group started moving through the pass. They possibly had the intentions of making over to the other side of the pass and camp for the night. However, they ended up losing direction and moved west because terrible weather conditions and near-zero visibility. As they lost direction, they moved up towards Kholat Syakhl (which translates into ‘Dead Mountain’).