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. 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 night on Dead Mountain

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  • Gina
    Nov 14, 2016


    This was a very interesting story. I was engaged in all the characters. This was a smooth and very informative read. I loved learning about the ways of the times in Russia in 1959. This author's writing was very detailed and made me feel as though I was there with them. It was clear th...

  • Matt
    Aug 31, 2016


    How’s this for a mystery? In February 1959, nine Russian hikers ventured into the Ural Mountains and never returned. When searchers went looking for them, they discovered a distressing scene. The hikers’ tent had been cut open. Despite ample supplies, the hikers’ bodies ...

  • Becky
    Jun 1, 2016


    Wow. Wow. I have read some GREAT books as part of my 2015-2016 adventure themed read (which, btw is going on much longer than it was intended to because books just keep falling into my lap), but this book definitely stands among the best.If you are familiar with alpining and rock climb...

  • Ellen Gail
    Apr 28, 2016

    Ellen Gail

    Reminder to self: self, write a proper review for this. Twas a damn good book. ...

  • Veronica
    Apr 4, 2016


    I wanna give this book a million stars because (let's get real sappy and real a propos for the events in the story itself) it felt like it opened up the skies of reading for me. THE SKIES. (yes i'm aware that there are more than a million stars). So why did I give it only 4 stars? Firs...

  • Petra
    Mar 25, 2016


    I heard about this incident a while back, through a youtube video and it intrigued me ever sense.I researched the story on the internet, but unfortunately all I got were crackpot theories about UFOs and Yetis. The lack of hard facts annoyed me and that's why I was so eager to read this...

  • Jen
    Mar 7, 2016


    In 1959, 9 experienced hikers disappear in the Ural Mountains. What becomes a search and rescue mission, unfortunately becomes a recovery one. It takes months before all of the bodies are located. Speculation and theories surround the mystery of what happened to make them leave the sec...

  • Dawn
    Feb 3, 2016


    In 1959, in the remote Ural Mountains of Russia, near Siberia, ten college students set out on their winter break to earn their Grade III hiking level, the most difficult. Ten days into their trip (and minus one hiker who turned back to head home a few days earlier because of the pain ...

  • Grumpus
    Jan 22, 2016


    Do you hear that? This book offers a plausible solution to a 50-year old mystery involving the death of nine very experienced Russian hikers found in sub-zero conditions in various stages of undress all scattered in different directions from their tent. C’mon, quit messing aroun...

  • Christopher
    Jan 6, 2016


    Here the basic points about the Dyatlov Pass incident: on the night of February 2, 1959 a group of ten Russian hikers in the frozen Ural mountains left their tents (or cut there way out, in one case) without cold weather gear or even shoes. None of them survived the night. Their bodies...