In January 1959, nine Soviet college students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk (now called Yekaterinburg) set out on a skiing expedition to reach Mount Otorten. After being caught in an escalating blizzard on February 2, the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov, made the call to pitch their tent on the eastern slope of a mountain called Kholat Syakhl, or Mountain of the Dead. In the middle of the night, the students inexplicably sliced open the tent from the inside and fled into the snowstorm, many of them leaving behind their boots and warm clothes. They all died within hours, the reason for their bizarre behavior and deaths remaining a mystery to this day.
It has become known as the Dyatlov Incident.
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