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.
This great unsolved incident took place deep in Soviet Russia in 1959 is told in a three stranded story: the author's investigation; the rescue operation and the hikers tale.
This was a fascinating and interesting read; not just because of incident itself but of coverage of the culture and ordinary life in Russia during the Soviet era. Full marks for extensive research and portraying so vividly the young hikers who lost their lives.
The incident at Dyaltov Pass has many theories ranging from the wildly improbable to the almost plausible and this author's conclusion is the best I have come across.