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Dead Mountain

The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

Eichar, Donnie

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dead Mountain
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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 some of their clothes-have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that nighton Dead Mountain.
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2013]
ISBN: 1452112746
9781452112749
Branch Call Number: 914.743 E341d 2013
Characteristics: 288 pages ;,24 cm

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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 pho... Read More »


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Apr 15, 2014
  • whydoIhavetodothis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The information about the Soviet Era and the hikers is very interesting, however, I found the author didn't ask a lot obvious questions. Of the 88 exposures on the film, were any of them bad? This would help the readers to better judge the last exposure on the film, if it's a picture of something we can't explain or simply bad photography. Can the radiation on some pieces of clothing come from the river? I found the book half interesting and half frustrating and the ending - tornado's? 9 seasoned hikers, who had talked to countless other hikers throughout their lifetime were overcome by a series of tornado's coming down from the mountain top? Why was their tent found still together and everything inside in order?

Jan 15, 2014
  • librarianatlarge rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. A non-fiction book that I found difficult to put down. It reads like a fiction murder mystery. Intriguing glimpse into Soviet life in the late 1950's. Highly recommended.

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