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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 happenin…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)
Natalie I believe that she was found lying face down in melted snow and the others found near her were decomposed in other areas of their body (I think at one…moreI believe that she was found lying face down in melted snow and the others found near her were decomposed in other areas of their body (I think at one point it mentions that they couldn't be identified by photos and needed someone who knew them to check). The others who were found separately hadnt fallen in the ravine and were just frozen.(less)

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Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
How’s this for a mystery?

In February 1959, nine Russian hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains and never returned. When searchers went looking for them, they discovered a distressing scene. The hikers’ tent had been cut open. Despite ample supplies, the hikers’ bodies were found outside the tent only partially dressed. Six of the hikers had succumbed to hypothermia, but others showed signs of head trauma. One of the corpses had a missing tongue. Of course, since this was the Soviet Union – lan
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Why would nine experienced outdoorsmen and women rush out of their tent, insufficiently clothed, in twenty-five degrees-below-zero conditions and walk a mile toward certain death? One or two might have made the unfathomable mistake of leaving the safety of camp, but all nine?"

That really is the question in this book. In 1959 a group of nine experienced (7 men/ 2 women) hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously in an area known as Dead Mountain. Their deaths have remained a mystery.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
A couple months ago I came across this article from Atlas Obscura titled the 10 Must-Visit Spots for Mystery Lovers which immediately piqued my interest:

I was completely unfamiliar with what has become to be known as The Dyatlov Pass Incident and I immediately wanted to find out what I could about this chilling unsolved mystery so I began to Google any and all information and that search brought me to this book which just happened to be available at my lo

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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, adventure
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
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
It was interesting, but I didn‘t really care about research. Theories were intriguing and his explanation was fascinating and easily understandable.
Kayla Dawn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
3,5* - overall this was a really interesting read. I enjoyed the writing style and the way Eichar covered his story, the one of the investigators and the one of the hikers (as far as that was possible). That made it easy to understand and kept up the suspense.

But I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with the conclusion of his theory. And I'm a little disappointed that he spent all that time laying out the timelines but his actual theory on what happened was only discussed in the last 20 pages or so. H
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4.5 relieved STARS ★★★★✬
This book is for you if… a significant amount of your brainpower has been used to analyse and over-think what happened to the 9 experienced hikers in that night that connected February 1st and 2nd of 1959 in the Ural Mountains. You will not find wild and unscientific speculations, but facts and science. Mystery and true crime fans will devour this - and if you're one of them, you've probably heard of this incident already anyways.

I am very happy about th
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, high-five

We are fragile beings. The camaraderie of a group, their emotions, their smiles only last so long: Through photographs, the eternal message of latter days.

When a book stays on your mind continuously for several days, you have to then try to reason why. Why am I still thinking about this? Why does it seem to affect me more in the long run than when I initially read it?

Humans, as a whole, are curious; the search for knowledge is innate and a troublesome curmudgeon, never letting go. When there is
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 even missing a tongue, but.......WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

Eichar does a great job of investigating and succinct

Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russia, nonfiction

"In savage winter conditions, and over a vast stretch of ground, all nine fought for their own and one another's lives with the bravery and endurance worthy of Grade III hikers. It was a distinction they would never earn, but one that each of them so rightly deserved."

In January 1959, ten young but seasoned hikers set off from Yekaterinburg, Russia, where most of them were engineering students at a local college, on a trek through the treacherous Ural mountains. One came home early due to heath
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Found myself skimming a lot of the boring stuff coz i just wanted to know what happened!!!
Rori Rockman
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I zipped through this book because I found the subject matter fascinating, but the presentation of the material definitely disappointed me. I had two major problems with the book:
1. A LARGE chunk of the book was devoted to the author telling his own story about traveling to Russia, preparing to hike the Ural Mountains, and other stuff not too related to the mystery surrounding the Dyatlov Pass incident. The reason I read this book, and probably the reason a lot of other people read this book, is
Renee Godding
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Rating: 4 stars

In February of 1959, a group of young but experienced hikers embarked on a track through the Ural mountains in Russia, never to return. Over the months that follow, their bodies are located one by one, painting a confusing and horrifying picture of the events that affected the group. A frenzied escape from the safety of their camp wearing little more than underwear, curious evidence like clothes emitting radiation and injuries that seem to defy explanation… All of this has made
Leslie Ray
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In February of 1959, a group of 9 Russian experienced hikers, attempt the trek to the top of what the local Mansi tribe refers to as "Dead Mountain". They never make it and were all found dead around a mile away from their tent, in various stages of dress, and mostly all missing their shoes. Their tent was forensically evaluated with the conclusion that it was cut from inside and seemingly in panic.
This story pops up periodically on shows about seemingly paranormal events, mysterious deaths, et
Paquita Maria Sanchez
For a while now, this incident has been on my list of very important questions a basic bitch like me would ask if I died and found myself in some kind of afterlife in front of an omniscient puppet master. I don't need to know what it all meant, or where I'm going, or why. I do, however, need some answers on a handful of topics that have been driving me particularly mad, such as:

-What really happened to Johnny Gosch?
-What really happened to Amy Lynn Bradley?
-What really happened to Jeffrey Epstei
Deborah Rogers
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dead mountain was awesome. I really loved this spellbinding tale and mystery. Set against the backdrop of Siberia, an American journalist travels there to find out what happened to a group of young mountaineers in the 1950s. It's a gripping read and extremely well written. I would recommend it for fans of Miracle in the Andes, and Shackleton's diaries.
Beatrice Apetrei
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've first heard of the Dyatlov Incident years back, after boringly searching for horror movies. I found the one entitled The Dyatlov Pass Incident, which was released in 2013, and I actually enjoyed it *i'm a sucker for horror movies, no matter their imdb rating*. I saw the "based on real events" marker and found myself curious of what had really happened.
A few hours later, I was googling non-fiction books about the incident and found this one. Dead Mountain written by the american author Donn
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent nonfiction. I think this is as close to a true crime book I've read - due to the mystery surrounding the deceased Dyatlov hikers - and I enjoyed myself so much I think I'll have to start reading true crime! Eichar is foremost concerned with humanizing the nine hikers who died at the foot of Dead Mountain in 1959. This is not only humane, but very effective for storytelling as soon I was as invested in learning what happened to Igor and Zina and Georgy and the rest of the hi ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I do hate writing reviews anymore! Sometimes though the book, author or subject matter almost grabs me by the ears and demands a review. Well, shit fuzzy, crikey, and dang goes! Mr. Eichar had me worried from the start, and it all started with his winter footwear! Sure, he's sunshine, I'm clouds and snow. I don't know anyone up here in Montana who doesn't break in their boots before actually using the bastard things! We so crazy....we go around in shorts, tees and our new boots fo ...more
Zuky the BookBum
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, non-fiction, 2017
I’d been wanting to read this nonfiction for ages but never really felt in the mood for it. Just before Christmas I picked it up, and it did take me a couple of weeks to read, but it was worth it! An emotional and insightful look at the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident.

I’ve always been interested in mysterious happenings, at the ripe old age of 10 I was receiving books about poltergeists, spontaneous combustion, missing people cases and so on, so when I first heard about the Dyatlov Pass Inciden
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm learning that people either know about the Dyatlov Pass incident and are obsessed with how creepy and inexplicable it is, or they have never heard about it. This is going to be a spoiler free review, since the author presents what I think is the most plausible explanation for the occurrence, but I'm not going to give that away. So if you are one of those people who have never heard about this strange case, feel free to read on. I'm going to bet you will want to know more after you do.

In Febr
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book over a weekend and found it impossible to put down! Since then, I have been devouring any piece of information I can find on the Dyatlov Pass Incident. That alone is testament to the passion and infectious enthusiasm for the case that Donnie Eichar has put into this book. Trying to solve the mystery behind “an unknown compelling force” kept me gripped throughout!

One of the first things you notice is the respectful tone of the book. Each chapter follows the story of the hikers, t
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020
I actually didn't know much about the case before reading the book (I started out the book thinking it was about something very different) so I went in with no preconceived theories or ideas. What ended up playing out was extremely fascinating, and I did get an idea that it had to be radiation based, though I changed my mind later on when the author explained why that likely wasn't what happened. The author did a good job of explaining the big popular theories and coming up with the plausible ex ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In January 1959, a group of 10 experienced Russian hikers took a trek together in the northern Ural Mountains. The route they were traveling was the highest difficulty -- a Grade III -- because they wanted to be certified to lead expeditions. They were to document their journey in photographs and journals for the certification. All were quite bright -- engineering and economics students. They were all fit and loved trekking through the mountains. But this trip would be different. This time, only ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this incident a while back, through a youtube video and it intrigued me ever sense.
I researched the story on the internet, but unfortunately all I got were crackpot theories about UFOs and Yetis. The lack of hard facts annoyed me and that's why I was so eager to read this book.
And I have to say, this was a rare case for me when a book did meet my expectations.

So here it goes....

Nine experienced hikers die in the Ural Mountains. What's really unusual though, is that they cut their
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I don't normally bust through non-fiction so quickly, but I liked this so much I ended up reading it in less than 24 hours. I did have some trouble keeping the Russian names straight, but this problem was minor overall. The topic was really interesting to me, and I was super satisfied with the theory the author presented at the end after eliminating the other possibilities. Recommended!
Ellen Gail
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminder to self: self, write a proper review for this. Twas a damn good book.
Wow. Wow. I have read some GREAT books as part of my 2015-2016 adventure themed read (which, btw is going on much longer than it was intended to because books just keep falling into my lap), but this book definitely stands among the best.

If you are familiar with alpining and rock climbing stories, then you’ve most likely heard about Dyatlov Pass. It’s a damn modern ghost story that backpackers and alpiners alike spook themselves with sitting at a campfire. In almost any backwoods or alpining sur
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