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What Happened At Dyatlov Pass? – My Thoughts

History's Mysteries Revealed: The Dyatlov Pass Incident — Museum Center at  5ive Points

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This post talks about death, theories and might contain content that can make some people uncomfortable.
This post was made with no ill intentions to those who lost their lives. 

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Solving the Dyatlov Pass Mystery

What happened?

In 1959, a group of students left to hike the Ural Mountains. They never returned.
Their frozen bodies were discovered with horrific injuries. 

Where the bodies of the victims were found also baffled investigators.
They were found a mile away from their campsite, partially clothed, some not even wearing shoes.
To add to the mystery, these were experienced hikers, they had cut their tent from the inside to escape before their death.
What could have caused them to react this way?
What killed them?

The Mystery of The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Inquest Rulings

The inquest that was opened after the first bodies were found ruled the deaths as hypothermia, which makes sense, Russia has treacherously cold winters, so this is expected.
Those who were found without clothes had more than likely fell victim to paradoxical undressing. This happens during the late stages of hypothermia.
Their injuries can also be explained due to the terrain they were in, animals might’ve eaten parts of the survivors, some were found by a ravine, that could explain the trauma-related injuries.
The majority of people do not accept this ruling, however.

I’ll be writing a more in depth post about the conspiracy theories surrounding the incident soon.

My Thoughts

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that 9 experienced hikers would just get up and flee their campsite into the cold night without a reason.
One theory mentions they were caught up in an avalanche, but according to reports, the area they ran into did not show any signs of that.
Why would experienced hikers stay in an area if the possibility of an avalanche was present?
The most plausible theory to me involves low frequency sounds inaudible to humans, a post on the subject by explains this better than I can.

The theory put forward by the American researcher Donnie Eichar, as well as by some Russian scientists, is that severe winds blowing over the dome of the mountain created a “Kármán vortex street” of whirlwinds, which produced a low-frequency sound that is not entirely audible but vibrates hair cells in the ear, causing nausea and intense psychological discomfort. Under that onslaught in the pitch dark, the students could have been overcome by feelings of fear and panic.

The Atlantic

This makes much more sense to me, in this type of situation, I can imagine any logic would have been thrown out of the window.
While not to the same extent, as someone who has reacted out of psychological discomfort, I have hidden in public places and even run out of places because the feeling of dread and panic that I had felt was overwhelming.
Imagine being in their situation, I’d probably flee too.

What do you think?

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I'm Stacey and I'm 30 years old. I write about life, mental health, video games & everything in between!

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