Dead Mountain

Dead Mountain

The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

eBook - 2013
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In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident--unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes--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, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.
Publisher: San Francisco, California :, Chronicle Books LLC,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781452129563
1452129568
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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mlharr
Jan 22, 2017

This book was spooky good! It's about a group of college students who went hiking in northern Russia in the 1950s and never returned. Their bodies were found many yards away from their tent, in odd positions and only half dressed. The tent was found with a large slash cut from the inside out, as though the hikers cut a "back door" into their own tent in sub-zero temps before walking away in nothing but their socks.

What the hell happened?

That's what the author sets out to discover. Along the way he meets a few very interesting Russians and learns some pretty cool science.

You might not think there was much to write about. A group of kids decides to go hiking in northern Russia in January and dies. Of course. But it turns out that there really is quite a few different reasons for everything that happened! You'll need to read the book to find out. There's some science near the end that I hadn't ever heard of!

Book includes photographs taken by the group and by the search-and-rescue teams.

bibliotechnocrat Jun 12, 2016

An American documentary film maker becomes obsessed with the 1959 deaths of nine Soviet hikers who mysteriously fled the shelter of their tent without proper clothing, only to die of hypothermia. Speculation ranging from aliens to secret Soviet weapons tests has swirled around this case for decades. Eichar painstakingly pieces together the events as they occurred and - taking a cue from Sherlock Holmes - tries to eliminate all the possible causes in order to leave the one explanation (however improbable) that addresses all the strange pieces of evidence. A well-written page turner.

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SuzeParker
Dec 15, 2015

Donnie Eichar's exhaustive research and fine storytelling made this book an excellent read. I'd never heard of the Dyatlov Pass incident, but it's one of those riveting, "can't look away" stories. Eichar's theory about what happened to the hikers on the fateful night of their deaths is certainly not an obvious one, but it's plausible.

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weedfish999
Oct 26, 2015

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys non-fiction adventure books, with a heavy dose of mystery. I had a hard time putting it down.

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MabelParker
Aug 30, 2015

Creepy! I couldn't sleep and couldn't put it down. Conclusion makes sense and didn't disappoint.

whydoIhavetodothis Apr 15, 2014

The information about the Soviet Era and the hikers is very interesting, however, I found the author didn't ask a lot obvious questions. Of the 88 exposures on the film, were any of them bad? This would help the readers to better judge the last exposure on the film, if it's a picture of something we can't explain or simply bad photography. Can the radiation on some pieces of clothing come from the river? I found the book half interesting and half frustrating and the ending - tornado's? 9 seasoned hikers, who had talked to countless other hikers throughout their lifetime were overcome by a series of tornado's coming down from the mountain top? Why was their tent found still together and everything inside in order?

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librarianatlarge
Jan 15, 2014

Excellent book. A non-fiction book that I found difficult to put down. It reads like a fiction murder mystery. Intriguing glimpse into Soviet life in the late 1950's. Highly recommended.

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