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

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

by Donnie Eichar

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New York Times bestseller! — What happened that night on Dead Mountain?

The mystery of Dead Mountain: 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.

As gripping and bizarre as Hunt for the Skin Walker: This New York Times bestseller, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the mystery of Dead Mountain 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.

You'll love this real-life tale: Dead Mountain is a fascinating portrait of young adventurers 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 night on Dead Mountain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452129563
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 37,112
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Donnie Eichar is a Florida native brought up among a family of storytellers. He's an acclaimed director and producer of film and television who recently produced MTV's groundbreaking documentary series The Buried Life. He lives in Malibu, California.

Table of Contents

Map 14

Author's Note 15

Prologue: February 1959 17

1 2012 21

2 January 23, 1959 29

3 February 1959 39

4 2010 51

5 January 24, 1959 65

6 February 1959 71

7 2012 78

8 2012 85

9 January 25, 1959 90

10 February 1959 97

11 2012 103

12 January 25-26, 1959 109

13 February 1959 115

14 2012 124

15 January 26-28, 1959 133

16 February - March 1959 147

17 2012 157

18 January 28 - February 1, 1959 165

19 March 1959 177

20 2012 184

21 March 1959 191

22 2012 198

23 March-May 1959 203

24 2012 210

25 May 1959 218

26 2013 226

27 2013 239

28 February 1-2, 1959 254

Cast of Characters 265

The Hikers' Timeline 270

The Investigation Timeline 272

Acknowledgments 280

Index 282

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Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this event until I saw the book at barnes.  I did some research on google to see what it was all about.  So many theories exist on what happened to this kids, mostly around the supernatural, extraterrestrial, or government secrets. I was intrigued, so I decided to see what his take on it was. I promise you the authors take on what happened is nothing you will find on google.  He personally travels to russia and follows the path of the hikers (despite having no mountaineering experience)  He debunks all the myths and puts a realistic ending to a story we will never truly know.  Reads like a narrative whether back in the setting of 1959 or his personal 2012 hike.  If you like "into thin air" or other books about mountaineering, this is worth the time
mjamer06 More than 1 year ago
Story was well researched, and written. I purchased the Nook version and it was well worth it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives great tribute to the victims of the Dyatlov Pass incident. The book is very captivating and goes into thorough detail of the lives and last hike of the victims. This was the first book I have read on my newly purchased nook simple touch and the nook version is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intersperses a gripping tale of tragic adventure with the author's heroic struggle to understand what happened without learning Russian. Finds a likely explanation for the mysteries of the first.
Jski8 More than 1 year ago
Well written and engaging. Good choice for non fiction readers.
HeidiU More than 1 year ago
I have heard this story on various television shows (usually about aliens) so I was immediately intrigued by this book. The author wrote a very approachable and easy to understand book about this event, avoiding the extreme theories of aliens etc. It was very interesting and pulled me in immediately. Definitely a fun and fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never heard of this story until now. Good story line with the breakdown of possibilities with a scientific logical ending
Buddez99 More than 1 year ago
A great deal of research went into this book. It was a tremendous undertaking to attempt to uncover, and discover what really happened to the cross country skiers. The story is very sad, and heartbreaking, but the theories surrounding the historical facts are very enlightening. It was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never heard of this event so purchased and was not disappointed. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a very fascinating book, though I got the sense that the author had to stretch his content to make an entire book of it. Still, I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous 1 days ago
This book is very well down to earth, no Big Foot, ghost and goblins stories, or UFO's. Why did nine people fled the tent in such cold freezing weather with barely any cloths on know the weather conditions, and the mystery does not tell how some of the crew of the expedition got high dose of radiation. That part is always over looked. Why does this particular search them need person with a Geiger counter in the first place? Something is not right in this case of investigation. I have never heard of a missing person investigation need a Geiger counter from the start with. This here is your missing link oh the mysterious deaths of the expedition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard of the deaths at the Pass, how the hikers had cut their way out of the tent to escape ....’something.’ This is an amazing effort to find a scientific solution that does not involve Yetis or UFOs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heard about this happening and wanted to understand what truly happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. What really happened to these young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book, and I really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, as this is not in my usual genre of books that I usually read. I was reading this along with a Booktube bookclub, #onthebooktubeshelf. I learned so much from this book, things like Soviet rules and customs, along with, hopefully learning how to say some of their names! I also learned things about geography, climate, and weather, that I didn't know before reading this. Of course, as many know by reading an overview of the book, it's about The Dyatlov nine, who tried to climb Dead Mountain in 1959, and whose bodies were discovered later and the mystery surrounding their deaths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this is not my usual genre, I really enjoyed this! Very interesting and I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conclusion unconvincing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, the author delves into the mystery of what happened to 9 college student hikers in the Ural mountains in 1959. This book is an interesting and exciting read. I couldn't put it down as I tried to figure out what happened to the hikers. Highly recommend.
Louiser2 More than 1 year ago
Very interesting! In 1959, a group of nine young Communist Russian hikers hike out to the Ural Mountains, set up a tent, and then all nine leave the tent in the middle of the night to disperse to their deaths. But why?? Until now, no one has been able to figure it out. That's the mystery that captured the author's imagination and wouldn't let go until he had undertaken two trips to Russia at his own expense to find out. An easy, captivating read, the author leads us through the event and keeps us guessing the outcome until the end. In the hands of an investigative reporter such as Vincent Bugliosi (Helter Skelter), this story had the potential to be twice as long, and filled with all kinds of information about Russians, the USSR, the KGB, Gulags, native-peoples, forensic science, hiking, physics, etc., but in this author's hands it reads somewhat like a research project report. But it's still a good read, don't get me wrong. I definitely recommend it. I also give the author credit for all the time and effort he put into investigating and then writing about this very interesting cold-case. I think the story would benefit from a diagram of the tent and topography with the location and names of the hikers as they were found in the surrounding area, relative to each other and the tent.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulled along by the mystery I learned a lot about Russia. Russian youth at that time were made of a tougher material. They had to work hard to entertain themselves and share sport. I am glad to have known them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely sad story, definitely…but the authors efforts to learn the CAUSE of the TRAGEDY is truly commendable. Definitely a worthwhile read. And educational, to boot.