By Donnie Eichar
In February 1959, a bunch of 9 skilled hikers within the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation referred to as lifeless Mountain. Eerie elements of the incident—unexplained violent accidents, indicators that they minimize open and fled the tent with out right garments or sneakers, an odd ultimate photo taken via one of many hikers, and increased degrees of radiation chanced on on a few of their clothes—have resulted in many years of hypothesis over what fairly occurred. This gripping paintings of literary nonfiction delves into the secret via unparalleled entry to the hikers' personal journals and images, hardly noticeable govt documents, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful trip within the Russian wintry weather. a desirable portrait of the younger hikers within the Soviet period, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, right here for the 1st time is the true tale of what occurred that evening on useless Mountain.
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Extra info for Dead Mountain: The True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
Perhaps this spontaneous excursion had been a kind of Russian endurance test, and our host had been assessing our stamina as outdoorsmen, and possibly as friends. on t h e mor n i ng of ou r s e c o n d day i n y e k at e r i n b u rg, Kuntsevich summoned Jason and me into the downstairs apartment that he and his wife also owned. As we entered, he sat down at a small desk in the main room, surrounded by a giant heap of artifacts and documents on the Dyatlov case. Kuntsevich was wearing the same outfit as the previous day: a pinstriped jacket, mismatched pants, black socks and Russian sandals resembling Crocs.
Ov er t he nex t t wo days, k u n tse v ic h a r r a nged for me to talk with various writers, armchair experts and other characters connected to the Dyatlov case, such as search volunteers and friends of the hikers. Though there was a translator present at each of these interviews, and I had arrived with lists of questions, I often left these meetings more confused than I’d gone in. I was learning that everyone had his or her own ideas as to what happened to the hikers, and none seemed to match the others.
Before we said good-bye, Tatiana left me with a final thought: “My mother’s intuition was right. ” On the train ride back to Kuntsevich’s place, I couldn’t get Dyatlov’s mother out of my head. I wondered how many fretful mothers throughout history had been ignored by their obstinate 63 DONNIE EICHAR children, only to see their nightmares realized. As if the loss weren’t enough, these mothers were sentenced to a life of regret and of hearing the same refrain repeating uselessly in their heads: I told you so.