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

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,855 ratings  ·  1,315 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Chronicle Books LLC
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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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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

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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, 5-star
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
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.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
leslie hamod
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing true story of ten college hikers who head to the Ural mountains. When their bodies are found, speculation abounds. All of this occurred in 1959. An American citizen went to investigate fifty years later, obsessed by the case. He meets with resistance, questioning and some assistance. When the bodies are discovered, he also investigates. The results will astound readers of real life adventures. Loved this book! So intriguing, insightful and believe it or not, physics! Astounding read! Wel ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
leslie hamod
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story about nine college students who hiked into the Ural mountains and disappeared. The story is true, 1959, over fifty years ago. Many theories were investigated, such as they were blown off the mountain, the prisoners of nearby gulags for them, a meteor! At that time the Soviet Union was testing missiles in that area.
If course, also, it was the arms race and feelings towards an investigation by an American citizen might not be well accepted. The bodies were eventually found but in
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Found myself skimming a lot of the boring stuff coz i just wanted to know what happened!!!
Renee Godding
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Zuky the BookBum
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017, 4-stars
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
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rori Rischak
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
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
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
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!
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Soviet hikers, obsessed American journalists, conspiracy theorists
The Dyatlov Pass Incident has all the ingredients necessary for a creepy, enduring mystery: back in 1959, nine Russian college students went for a hike in the Urals, an inhospitable, avalanche-prone region, and never returned. Search parties eventually found their bodies, scattered, unclothed, with body parts missing, their tent mysteriously torn open. Add in the predictable Soviet cover-up, unnatural radiation levels found in the bodies, and UFO sightings, and it's a virtual buffet for conspira ...more
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.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
I picked this book up without reading the title properly. I thought I was going to read about the Donner Party but no it was about a different tragedy, the Dyatlov Pass Incident. I've never heard of this catastrophe - nine Russian skiers died in terrible and strange circumstances in 1959. Needles to say, there are countless of conspiracy theories out there and the author, Eichar, did address quite a few. In Eichar’s investigation, he used diaries, interviews, government reports, and photos to de ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, well written (and it read like a novel), and ultimately satisfying (as in I got the answers I wanted!!!).
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio
Super creepy story. I admit that I learned about this incidence first from the rather wonderfully horrible movie called Devil's Pass on Netfix.

After that movie, I went through the dark places of the internet to explore the topic. The pictures you can find on there are not for the faint of heart. There are many images available of the dead hikers after they were found and their autopsies. It's fascinating and disquieting.

I then found this book, and decided to give it a try. I went with the 3 sta
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting story. I was engaged in all the characters. This was a smooth and very informative read. I loved learning about the ways of the times in Russia in 1959. This author's writing was very detailed and made me feel as though I was there with them. It was clear that he had done extensive research and actually took the very steps of the 9 students. An excellent writer and great book.
Nick T. Borrelli
You want something really awesome to read that is nonfiction? Run, run, run, to wherever your preferred place of purchasing books is and buy this immediately. It's a short read (only about 288 pages) and you'll probably gobble it up in a couple of sittings like I did. Just an amazing investigation of the legendary Dyatlov incident where nine very experienced Russian skiers/hikers were found dead almost a mile from their camp, some with extremely brutal wounds that have yet to be explained to thi ...more
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Author Donne Eichar is an acclaimed director, producer and writer of film and television.
“only a few hours and was now struggling to stay alert on this first day of our trip. I left my companions for a moment to explore the station. Fifty-three winters ago, the Dyatlov hikers had nearly missed their evening train leaving” 4 likes
“Siberia,” historically, has been less a geographical designation than a state of mind, a looming threat—the frozen hell on earth to which czarist and Communist Russias sent their political undesirables. By this definition, Siberia is not so much a place as it is a hardship to endure, and perhaps that’s what Vladimir means when he says that we are in Siberia. I trudge on.” 3 likes
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