Dyatlov Pass Den is one of the
key issues in the whole Dyatlov Pass Incident. On one hand it
clearly shows that member of the party were sane enough to do
anything in their power to survive. On the other hand it is still
unclear on why their attempts didn't work.
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The den was made by surviving four members of the Dyatlov group 70- 75 meters from the cedar in a ravine that was hidden from cold winds.
It was discovered in May of 1959, shortly after snow began
to melt in the region. Several items were discovered, which
showed the correct direction for the search team. A trail of
plucked pine branches and scraps of clothing led the search
to the hollow stream. Excavation in a valley allowed to find
remains of the den that Dyatlov group have constructed at a
depth of 2.5 meters. They laid the floor of the Den with 14
peacks of small firs and one of birch. A total area of the
floor was about 3 m² . On the floor lay a few pieces of
clothing. The position of objects on the floor showed four
spots made as "seats" for four people.
Ortyukov is in military uniform and radio man is pictured here on the right in a stripped hat. Removal of the bodies from a ravine at Dyatlov Pass.
Upon further searching the ravine,
about six meters downstream of the creek flow several bodies
were discovered under a layer of 2.5 meters of snow. Body of
Ludmila Dubinina, was standing on her knees, with a chest on
the ledge, forming a stream's waterfall, head upstream.
Almost immediately next to her head search team found the
bodies of three men. Thibault-Brignoles was lying separately
and Kolevatov and Zolotarev lying "chest-to-back." At the
time of the discovery all the bodies were in the water and
were described as partially decomposed. The text of the
Criminal Investigation noted the need for removing them from
the stream, as the body can further decompose even more in a
Dubinina and Thibeaux-Brignolle at Dyatlov Pass
Zolotarev and Kolevatov at Dyatlov Pass. Notice a photo camera around the neck of Zolotarev. Man abandoned his tent, but doesn't forget his camera. The film was damaged by water the question remains: "What was so important that he had capture on the slope of the mountain that day?"
Digging of the Den was probably an idea of Zolotarev. It was a common way to survive winters at the front and given the circumstances it offered the best chance for survival for those who remained behind waiting in hope that their three friends will make it to the top of the mountain. It further undermines the theory of
"paradox undressing". The group clearly realized their threats and did everything they could to preserve themselves.
Fir and birch branches were brought here and laid out to minimize contact of human bodies and cold snow underneath. Furthermore Ludmila Dubinina had sweater and pants of Krivonischenko
rapped around her legs. Both as it turned out had
radiation present on them.
However the strangeness of the case was not resolved. In fact it became more weird. All, but three members had
significant damage to their bones. They were crushed with immense force. Doctors compared the extend of the damage to being hit by a car. A second thing that is striking about the den is that bodies were actually found few feet from their improvised shelter in the deep part of the ravine on the area of only
4 square meters. Some of the clothes that were taken from bodies left underneath the cedar tree were placed on the cedar branches, but apparently they were not used.
The corpses were found few meters away from the
discovered clothes of Krivonischenko and Doroshenko - pants,
sweater. All clothes had traces of flat cuts, as they were
taken from the dead corpses of Doroshenko and
Krivonischenko. Corpses of Thibault-Brignoles and Zolotarev
were found well dressed, Dubinina was dressed worse than
other members- her jacket of faux fur and hat were on
Zolotarev, her leg was wrapped in a woolen trousers of
Krivonischenko. Krivonischenko knife was found next to
corpses, it was used to cut off branches of young
- Decision to dismiss criminal case, Official criminal