Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Mystery in the Urals

Kithra has a new post at her Krystal Kave site, which is an excellent overview of a notorious mystery.
Here' the opening words...
"Many people have written about this incident as it's not only a real mystery but remains, to this day, unsolved.
"It happened during the night of 2nd February, 1959, in the northern Ural Mountains on a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl. The mountain's name comes from the language of the endangered indigenous Mansi people of Russia. And it's a language that is, in many ways, very similar to Hungarian. A translation of the mountain's name means Mountain of the Dead, so it's somewhat chilling that the incident should have occurred there. Because it happened the event has come to be known as the Dyatlov Pass incident after the name of the leader of the group to which it happened.
The group was made up of 8 men and 2 women, most of them students or graduates of the Ural Polytechnic Institute, and it was led by Igor Dyatlov. They had got together in order to ski and walk across the northern Ural Mountains, finally reaching Otorten Mountain, which was just over 6 miles from where the event took place. During February it was a route that was classed as being the most difficult of all, but they were highly experienced skiers and trekkers. The idea behind the expedition was to use it as preparation for a journey into more difficult Arctic districts at a later date."

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