Dead Mountain : The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Hardback Book

Dead Mountain : The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident Hardback

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In February 1959, a group of nine hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died in a mysterious fashion on the eastern side of an elevation known as Dead Mountain.

Eerie aspects of the incident - unsettling and unexplained causes of death, a strange final photograph by one of the hikers and signs of radioactivity - have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs (many translated and reproduced in the book); unseen government records; and dozens of interviews, including with the only surviving hiker; and the author's retracing the hikers' fateful journey.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, Approx. 60 b/w photographs
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
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  • Category: History: specific events & topics
  • ISBN: 9781452112749

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Maybe this was not the best choice for a long winter but I found this book fascinating. the chapters alternate between past and present, providing details about the hikers, the investigation into their deaths and the modern scientific explanations for what happens. There is a horror film based on this story that utilizes a lot of urban legends but if you want the truth you'll get it only from this book.

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The author wrote this book as an exploration into why and how a group of hardy, experienced, young hikers mysteriously lost their life in January of 1959. Students of the Ural Polytechnic Institute, they leave for a challenging hike in the Ural Mountains to qualify for their Level 3 hiker's certificate. When they didn't return search parties went out and found their bodies in various locations, all without shoes and leathally underdressed for the sub-zero temperatures.Eichar studied all the available reports and then went to Russia to meet with the sole survivor (who abandoned the hike because of health issues) and actually experience the same type of conditions they did by following in their footsteps. Many theories abounded - from armed escaped prisoners to wild animals to aliens - but the truth is less than fantastical and can be explained by science. It is no less impressive, however.I really didn't need to be reminded why I have never attempted such rugged and uncomfortable hiking experiences. It's a nice tribute that this book was written to honor those students.

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