The night of the snow slab
‘Dyatlov Pass Incident’ remained one of the Soviet Union’s great mysteries
In January 1959, 10 young but experienced hikers set off on a skiing expedition through Russia’s Ural Mountains. They had mapped out a 300-km route that ended at a small village called Vizhai. One hiker had health problems and returned after five days. The rest pressed on. Their plan was to reach Vizhai on 12 February. They never did.