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

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Chronicle Books
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Dem The wonderful thing about Donnie Eichar's book is that he explores all theories and gives reasonable explanations for some of the unexplained…moreThe wonderful thing about Donnie Eichar's book is that he explores all theories and gives reasonable explanations for some of the unexplained happenings. His theory and explanations at the end of the book left me satisfied that this was probably what did happen on the night.(less)

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Dem
An Excellent Read.

Thank you to Mr Donnie Eichar for finally satisfying my curiosity on the Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. I had come across this story on a couple of occasions but had very little information on it and was so glad to have located this book while searching for a completely different book on the internet

" 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 i
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Trudi

This is one creepy-ass unsolved mystery, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The true story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident and the inexplicable deaths of nine experienced hikers is one of those strange but true tales that leaves a person shuddering from the heebie-jeebies.

Remote and inhospitable Ural Mountains, Russia. February 1959.

A group of nine university students -- 7 men, 2 women -- set up their tent for the evening.

The experienced hikers begin the ritual of settling in for
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Noeleen
I had never heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident before and it was only through another Goodreads friend that I even came across this book, thanks Dem! What a great first read of 2015 to get the New Year off to a fabulous reading start, a five star read!

I decided not to buy the kindle version of the book as I knew it contained a lot of photographs, so I ended up buying it for my Ipad which displayed the photographs excellently. I would suggest that if you are considering reading this book you buy
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Carol
The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In this riveting and informative non-fiction read, Documentary Filmmaker and Author, Donnie Eichar, pieces together the mystery of WHY nine young experienced Russian hikers left their tent after dark without shoes or proper clothing in sub-zero temperatures back in 1956. It was determined that six died of hypothermia, the remaining three of brutal injuries......one even missing a tongue, but.......WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

Eichar does a great job of investigating and succinct

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Jen
In 1959, 9 experienced hikers disappear in the Ural Mountains. What becomes a search and rescue mission, unfortunately becomes a recovery one. It takes months before all of the bodies are located. Speculation and theories surround the mystery of what happened to make them leave the security of their tent, in subarctic temps, scantily clad, and bring them to their death. It was well researched and fascinating. This is Eichar's take of what he suspects happened to them. We may never know exactly b ...more
Ruth Turner

Trying to write about, and solve, a 50-year-old mystery that occurred in a foreign country must have been a daunting task, but the author has done a brilliant job.

The book is well written, and the subject well researched, which makes it a compelling read.

Included are photographs taken by the hikers themselves, and also the rescuers which made the story so much more real.

I wasn’t particularly interested in the author’s 2012 journey to retrace the steps of the hikers, and I skimmed parts of it.

I a
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MountainShelby
Received through GR First Reads. I haven't been this wrapped up in a survival story since reading Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster years ago. I knew a little about the 1959 tragedy of the 9 "hikers" (translation aside, "expeditioners" is more accurate), mostly through the online videos and websites touting various theories, many of which are steeped in Cold War-era conspiracy theories and even alien intervention. This book retraces their fateful journey, interwoven w ...more
Markus
Nice to start a year with 5 star book.

'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.'

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jeremy
donnie eichar's dead mountain, the true story of the mysterious and compelling dyatlov pass incident, is as riveting a tale as they come. for over a half-century, this infamous tragedy has remained inexplicable yet endlessly intriguing. eichar's impressively-researched book may well become the definitive account of this fateful event.

in january 1959, ten russian hikers - led by engineering student igor dyatlov - set out on a trek into the ural mountains while on winter break. nine of these exper
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Reeda
I first heard about this mystery sometime last year when someone posted something about it on Facebook. I was fascinated with this mystery and read what I could find online and have watched several documentaries about it. With that in mind:

The author did an outstanding job with the research for this book, going so far as to hiking the trail taken by the fateful group so long ago. Besides all of the information gathered, he also did a phenomenal job in bringing the lives of the 9 hikers (original
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Jill
Probably the most emotionally exhausting thing I've read all year, but worth it for anyone who's read about the mysterious Dyatlov Pass incident on the Internet and wanted to learn more. Eichar, having exhausted every conspiracy website about the tragedy, makes it clear that he's not interested in entertaining tales about aliens or government assassinations or anything of the sort. His prosaic approach seems uninspired and unimaginative at times, but in retrospect, he took the most respectful ap ...more
Amanda
I started this book (I received an ARC at the NCIBA meeting Friday) today.
As you can see, I also finished this book today.

I have made excellent choices about what to do with my life.

When I started this book, all I had was a book rep's recommendation that I would, due to my interest in scientific phenomenon, find it interesting, and that was correct. I also found it interesting due to my own experiences with foreign travel, back packing, snow camping, irrational fear, and the pain of unexplain
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Edee Fallon
I've had a secret fascination with unsolved mysteries and unexplainable events for most of my life. The first time I'd ever heard of the tragedy of the nine lives lost in the Ural Mountains was a few short years ago, and Dead Mountain is the first book I've read that has enlightened me to what more than likely took place that first night in February in 1959. Most accounts I've read place blame on a secret military experiment taking place or some otherworldly encounter. Dead Mountain explores the ...more
Thomas Strömquist
This started off very captivating as the true story of the Dyatlov group of hiker's fate was revealed and it was a quick and recommended read. A couple of things made me settle for a three-star rating though. First, while the narrative and disposition of the story (the alternating telling of 1959 and the present 2012-13) works well, the author cannot avoid the just as common as irritating technique of telling us something that happened in the past using present tense. This never fails to annoy m ...more
Melissa Sohayda
The Iron Curtain was still drawn in 1959, but Russian society was emerging. While international travel was still forbidden, university students formed hiking clubs for experience and exploration within their borders and ten students from Ural Polytechnic Institute embarked on a challenging winter expedition to Otorten Mountain. Under the leadership of Igor Dyatlov they hoped to earn a coveted designation as Grade III Hikers. This novel weaves together three narratives as author, Donnie Eichar, t ...more
T.M. Williams
I first heard about this book while listening to Eichar's interview on Coast to Coast AM and immediately purchased the kindle and dove into the book as the interview was happening. It was worth everything just to get to the end to see his take on what happened. Though we'll never know for sure what exactly happened that devastating and deadly night, Eichar's conclusion is not only probable and heart wrenching, but also an incredible lesson.
Such a sad and tragic story but it's wonderful to see t
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Bruce Baugh
An altogether fascinating and thoroughly humane work. Eichar investigates a 1959 hiking disaster famous in the Soviet Union, but in America mostly known through a variety of fringe and crank explanations. He works meticulously through the evidence, reconstructing both the progress of 9 university students who died one night in the Ural Mountains and the ensuing effort to find them and explain their deaths. Eichar comes to the subject without any extensive prior experience with either mountaineer ...more
Nadine
Im Jahr 1959, mitten im kalten Krieg, werden die 9 Mitglieder einer Gebirgswandergruppe tot aufgefunden. Unerklärliche Zeichen von Gewalteinwirkung, Anzeichen dafür, dass sie in Panik nur halb bekleidet aus dem Zelt in die schneebedeckte Wildnis geflohen sind und ein erhöhter Pegel von radioaktiver Strahlung in den Körpern der Toten führten über Jahrzehnte hinweg zu wilden Hypothesen und Verschwörungstheorien.
Der Autor begibt sich mehr als ein halbes Jahrhundert nach den Ereignissen auf Spurens
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Megan
Grim and gripping; I stayed up late to finish it. What would cause a group of experienced mountaineers, in the midst of qualifying for the highest hiking certification, to flee from their tent--with inexplicably sudden urgency, without even shoes for protection--into the frozen, hypothermia-inducing night?

There is still no answer, but Eichar's theory is based in science and well-presented, and I was also compelled by his explanation as to why this phenomenon wasn't well-known until recently. No
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Kirsten
If you're like me and you have spent insomniatic nights going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy sites, you've probably heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. In February 1959, nine Russian hikers perished under strange circumstances in Russia's Ural Mountains. Their bodies were found scattered from their tent, most having died of either blunt trauma or hypothermia. The incident's been dogged with rumors of KGB hits, infighting, attacks from outsiders, and even UFOs or secret weapons testing. Donni ...more
Becky
Found this book while browsing the non fiction shelves at one of my favorite bookstores. I had never heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident and to me that alone was amazing. Although I was a young child when this incident occurred, I've been reading non fiction adventure for decades. How did I miss hearing, or reading about this? Perhaps because it happened in Russia in 1959, and we weren't over saturated with media then as we are now. This has to be the best book of the 20 I have read as of Feb., 2 ...more
Kelly
In a word - fascinating. I've never heard if this before, and it grabbed me. A mystery? No one knows what really happened? A group of bright young things who mysteriously disappear then found frozen dead in the wilds? Uh...yeah I will. It was well written and I enjoyed reading about the author's journey along with the hiking party's journey and the subsequent investigation. And the theory the author (along with a bunch of boffins) agrees with seems legit although in true super mystery form, we'l ...more
Rachel
Amazing. Dropped everything to finish this book. Author (doc filmmaker) lays out the journey of the 10 student hikers ( one dropped out due to illness, 9 made their final journey together) beautifully. The book is a well researched page-turner. Solves mystery of the 1959 deaths of the hikers--found outside their tent in outer Siberia, half-clothed, bootless and dead from hypothermia or trauma. Was it a coverup? Was there a killer? Something more sinister? Don't start this book unless you have a ...more
Maryellen
From the inside cover: "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 injuries, signs the hikers cut open and fled their tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of them, and radiation readings on some of their clothes--have led to decades of speculation over what really happened." If that doesn't grab your attention, I ...more
wanderaven
(I'm displaying the majority of the review without spoiler masking primarily because some of the theories are pretty much already hinted at in the synopsis or addressed early in the narrative, even if you know nothing when you pick up the book, as I did.... but if you don't even want to know these things, don't read further...)

So I went in knowing almost nothing; just the synopsis for the book and a couple of very brief glances at reviews. But the honest truth is that I was rooting for a theory
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Matt
This is one creepy, excellent story. The structure of alternating between the story of the original hikers and the author's attempt to reenact their hike can be a little confusing and tiresome. Still, this book not only relates a fascinating, mysterious story, but it also conveys a sense of the era and the importance of adventuring in the Soviet psyche of that time. And the author's suggested solution to the mystery of how and why these young people died that day on the mountain is as convincing ...more
Rebecca Huston
A very compelling tale of mystery involving nine Russian hikers who perished in a remote part of the Ural Mountains. Donnie Eichar uses survivor's stories, official documents, interviews, and his own experiences at the mountain to give an answer to a riddle that has spawned plenty of conspiracy theories -- such as aliens, angry gnomes, irate tribesmen, escaped prisoners, secret military experiments and the like. What I really liked was that the author took the time to really explore the nine hik ...more
Neida
I first heard of the Dyatlov Incident on a show from the History Channel. I found this incident extremely disturbing. For some reason I can't quite explain, I became fascinated with this mystery that more than 53 years later still defies all conventional explanations. I decided to find out more about it, and came across 4 books dedicated to the subject. Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar is the first and wow! what a first. The background work, attention to detail and thorough research is amazing. Th ...more
Joseph DiFrancesco
I found this book, as well as the topic in general, to be fascinating. I may read more on it. The author did an outstanding job in gathering and doling out the information in ways that gave the book a certain dynamic all it's own. *Spoiler* In the end, I found the analyzation and deductions regarding the hikers' last moments to be riveting and intelligently assessed. However, in my humble opinion, I still remain unconvinced as to the theory of why the hikers left the tent in the first place, and ...more
Christina
I had never heard of this event until I saw the book at barnes. I did some research on google to see what it was all about. So many theories exist on what happened to this kids, mostly around the supernatural, extraterrestrial, or government secrets. I was intrigued, so I decided to see what his take on it was. I promise you the authors take on what happened is nothing you will find on google. He personally travels to russia and follows the path of the hikers (despite having no mountaineering ex ...more
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