The Dyatlov Pass Incident
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Okay, I'm rolling.
My name is Holly King.
I'm a psychology student
at the University of Oregon.
In 2008, I saw a news report
about 30 elite scientists
that had gotten together
in a remote area of the
Ural Mountains in Russia.
They were trying to solve a mystery
that had baffled the world
for almost 50 years.
It had become known
as the Dyatlov Pass Incident
after a leader of an expedition
there in 1959 named Igor Dyatlov.
but I was riveted by the story.
So when my favorite professor,
Dr. Kittles, assigned the class
a project on that very same incident,
I couldn't believe it.
I mentioned it to a buddy of mine,
Jensen, a film student here,
and he said that we should make a film.
So we applied for a grant, and...
we got it.
So tell us what happened.
Uh, I first heard about the incident
when a Russian journalist
named Yuri Yarovoi published a
fictionalized account of it in a book.
Of course, they had him killed.
I mean, it didn't matter
that he fictionalized it.
They didn't want anybody
talking about Dyatlov.
And I began using the facts of the incident
as a teaching exercise in psychology
because there's so much that
we know about what happened
at Dyatlov's Pass, so many details,
and yet the whole thing
remains shrouded in mystery.
What are some of the explanations
that you tend to get?
The most common, cold,
scientific explanation I get
is a condition called
Yup, that is literally
what everybody says.
But, um, my favorite is, um,
That does actually happen, though,
to people suffering with severe hypothermia.
They get disoriented,
think that they're overheating,
and then start taking off their clothes.
Holly, these were nine
You're telling me that
they all got severe hypothermia
at the same time, on the same night?
They'd been out there
for three days already.
An avalanche is another frequent answer.
That is even stupider
than paradoxical undressing.
If they could hear an avalanche, then
why did they stay away from the camp
for three hours with no shoes?
But in truth, there are innumerable
answers to the question.
Most of my students will
project their own fears onto it.
The Russian military.
I really expect my students to do more than
to come up with a believable explanation.
I want them to put themselves
so that they can try to understand
why the victims did what they did.
That is the answer I'm looking for.
We're gonna find out the truth.
Even though they'll never find it.
What do you mean?
There is no truth.
The first leg of our journey will take us
from Eugene, Oregon, to Chelyabinsk, Russia.
You're not gonna use that stupid dotted red
line thing to show us traveling, right?
Our ultimate destination is the Kholat Syakhl,
"the Mountain of the Dead,"
A name the Mansi tribe gave it
due to many accounts
of mysterious deaths and disappearances
So we found ourselves
an audio engineer, Denise Evers.
She was the only
audio person on campus
A lot of skinny dudes in audio.
Hey, what's wrong with skinny dudes?
Oh. Uh, sorry, my bad.
And then we found two capable guides.
I'm Andy Thatcher,
president of the
Northwest Trail Association.
I've climbed just about every mountain
worth climbing in the U.S.
I've also hiked the A.T.
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