February 1, 2014 — Fifty-five years ago today nine young Russian hikers pitched a tent on the eastern slope of Holatchahl mountain (a.k.a. Dead Mountain), deep within a remote wilderness area that could be described as the gateway to Siberia. Sometime that night or the next day all nine perished, most from hypothermia, but some from difficult-to-explain injuries. Despite a protracted investigation, authorities were unable to reconstruct what happened, eventually attributing the deaths to “an unknown compelling force.” Even today, the incident—now commonly known as the Dyatlov Pass incident, in memory of the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov—remains as infamous and conspiracy theory-clingy in Russia as the JFK assassination is in the United States.
The Israelis were rescued Tuesday along with two Russian hikers trapped alongside them, and were flown to Russia via helicopter from the Shumakskie Istochniki trail where they had been stranded.
This incident refers to the mysterious deaths of nine Russian ski hikers that were found in the Kholat Syakhl Mountains (aka Mountain of Death). The bodies were found with skull damages, major chest fractures, missing tongues, unnatural orange skin, white hair and hardly any clothes on. One investigator had described there injuries as if they had been in a car accident. What ever had attacked them had applied an extreme amount of force on the hiker’s bodies. What makes this incident even more unusual is that there had been high levels of radio activity around the bodies, on their clothes and at their campsite.
Along with the Israelis, two Russian hikers were also caught out in the storm, which hit the group Tuesday morning on a trail about 2200 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level.