Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

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 real...

Details Dead Mountain

TitleDead Mountain
Release DateOct 22nd, 2013
PublisherChronicle Books
Number of pages288 pages
GenreNonfiction, History, Mystery, Cultural, Russia, Adventure

Reviews Dead Mountain

  • Matt
    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 were found outside the tent only partially dressed. Six of the hikers had succumbed to hypothermia, but others showed signs of head trauma. One of the corpses had a missing ...
  • Trudi
    This is one creepy-ass unsolved mystery, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The true story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident and the inexplicable deaths of nine experienced hikers is one of those strange but true tales that leaves a person shuddering from the heebie-jeebies. Remote and inhospitable Ural Mountains, Russia. February 1959.A group of nine university students -- 7 men, 2 women -- set up their tent for the evening. The exper...
  • Dem
    An Excellent Read. Thank you to Mr Donnie Eichar for finally satisfying my curiosity on the Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. I had come across this story on a couple of occasions but had very little information on it and was so glad to have located this book while searching for a completely different book on the internet" In February 1959 a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known...
  • Carol
    The Dyatlov Pass IncidentIn this riveting and informative non-fiction read, Documentary Filmmaker and Author, Donnie Eichar, pieces together the mystery of WHY nine young experienced Russian hikers left their tent after dark without shoes or proper clothing in sub-zero temperatures back in 1956. It was determined that six died of hypothermia, the remaining three of brutal even missing a tongue, but.......WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?Eic...
  • Josh
    We are fragile beings. The camaraderie of a group, their emotions, their smiles only last so long: Through photographs, the eternal message of latter days.When a book stays on your mind continuously for several days, you have to then try to reason why. Why am I still thinking about this? Why does it seem to affect me more in the long run than when I initially read it?Humans, as a whole, are curious; the search for knowledge is innate and a troubl...
  • Abby *Hates Dust Jackets*
    "In savage winter conditions, and over a vast stretch of ground, all nine fought for their own and one another's lives with the bravery and endurance worthy of Grade III hikers. It was a distinction they would never earn, but one that each of them so rightly deserved."In January 1959, ten young but seasoned hikers set off from Yekaterinburg, Russia, where most of them were engineering students at a local college, on a trek through the treacherous...
  • Jen
    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 security of their tent, in subarctic temps, scantily clad, and bring them to their death. It was well researched and fascinating. This is Eichar's take of what he susp...
  • Amanda
    This was an excellent nonfiction. I think this is as close to a true crime book I've read - due to the mystery surrounding the deceased Dyatlov hikers - and I enjoyed myself so much I think I'll have to start reading true crime! Eichar is foremost concerned with humanizing the nine hikers who died at the foot of Dead Mountain in 1959. This is not only humane, but very effective for storytelling as soon I was as invested in learning what happened ...
  • Petra
    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 book.And I have to say, this was a rare case for me when a book did meet my expectations. So here it goes....Nine experienced hikers die in the Ural Mountains. Wha...
  • Noeleen
    I had never heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident before and it was only through another Goodreads friend that I even came across this book, thanks Dem! What a great first read of 2015 to get the New Year off to a fabulous reading start, a five star read!I decided not to buy the kindle version of the book as I knew it contained a lot of photographs, so I ended up buying it for my Ipad which displayed the photographs excellently. I would suggest that...
  • Ellen Gail
    Reminder to self: self, write a proper review for this. Twas a damn good book.
  • Myrna
    I picked this book up without reading the title properly. I thought I was going to read about the Donner Party but no it was about a different tragedy, the Dyatlov Pass Incident. I've never heard of this catastrophe - nine Russian skiers died in terrible and strange circumstances in 1959. Needles to say, there are countless of conspiracy theories out there and the author, Eichar, did address quite a few. In Eichar’s investigation, he used diari...
  • MountainShelby
    Received through GR First Reads. I haven't been this wrapped up in a survival story since reading Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster years ago. I knew a little about the 1959 tragedy of the 9 "hikers" (translation aside, "expeditioners" is more accurate), mostly through the online videos and websites touting various theories, many of which are steeped in Cold War-era conspiracy theories and even alien intervention. This...
  • Becky
    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 climbing stories, then you’ve most likely heard about Dyatlov Pass. It’s a damn modern ghost story that backpackers and alpiners alike spook themselves with sitting ...
  • Gina
    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 that he had done extensive research and actually took the very steps of the 9 students. An excellent writer and great book.
  • Markus
    Nice to start a year with 5 star book. '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 ...
  • Christopher
    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 were found weeks later, buried in snow, showing signs of struggle and physical trauma. One body missed a tongue. Tests showed that their bodies and belongings cont...
  • Ruth Turner
    Trying to write about, and solve, a 50-year-old mystery that occurred in a foreign country must have been a daunting task, but the author has done a brilliant job.The book is well written, and the subject well researched, which makes it a compelling read.Included are photographs taken by the hikers themselves, and also the rescuers which made the story so much more real.I wasn’t particularly interested in the author’s 2012 journey to retrace ...
  • Lucille
    Thank you, Donnie Eichar, for not writing a kooky book. Or, more precisely, a book with a kooky theory proffered in "solving" the mystery (truly!!!) of the nine Dyatlov Pass hikers, who perished under bizarre circumstances. The story of these hikers and their demise was so inexplicable, compelling and disquieting, that it's no surprise that the theories surrounding the manner of their deaths to date have been disputable, unlikely, implausible, or...
  • David
    The Dyatlov Pass Incident has all the ingredients necessary for a creepy, enduring mystery: back in 1959, nine Russian college students went for a hike in the Urals, an inhospitable, avalanche-prone region, and never returned. Search parties eventually found their bodies, scattered, unclothed, with body parts missing, their tent mysteriously torn open. Add in the predictable Soviet cover-up, unnatural radiation levels found in the bodies, and UFO...
  • Daphne
    Super creepy story. I admit that I learned about this incidence first from the rather wonderfully horrible movie called Devil's Pass on Netfix.After that movie, I went through the dark places of the internet to explore the topic. The pictures you can find on there are not for the faint of heart. There are many images available of the dead hikers after they were found and their autopsies. It's fascinating and disquieting. I then found this book, a...
  • Dawn
    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 from his chronic rheumatism), the hikers set up camp on Holatchahl Mountain (which is native Mansi tribe for Dead Mountain). That night, an unknown event sent the n...
  • jeremy
    donnie eichar's dead mountain, the true story of the mysterious and compelling dyatlov pass incident, is as riveting a tale as they come. for over a half-century, this infamous tragedy has remained inexplicable yet endlessly intriguing. eichar's impressively-researched book may well become the definitive account of this fateful january 1959, ten russian hikers - led by engineering student igor dyatlov - set out on a trek into the ural mo...
  • Jill
    Probably the most emotionally exhausting thing I've read all year, but worth it for anyone who's read about the mysterious Dyatlov Pass incident on the Internet and wanted to learn more. Eichar, having exhausted every conspiracy website about the tragedy, makes it clear that he's not interested in entertaining tales about aliens or government assassinations or anything of the sort. His prosaic approach seems uninspired and unimaginative at times,...
  • Veronica
    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? First of all, I would like to say that am such a sucker for journalists writing books. I feel as though because they have just learned about this expansive subject matt...
  • Grumpus
    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 around. There’s something out there. All died from hypothermia and many did not bother to put on shoes or jackets before running from the tent to escape. Something. There...
  • Reeda
    I first heard about this mystery sometime last year when someone posted something about it on Facebook. I was fascinated with this mystery and read what I could find online and have watched several documentaries about it. With that in mind:The author did an outstanding job with the research for this book, going so far as to hiking the trail taken by the fateful group so long ago. Besides all of the information gathered, he also did a phenomenal j...
  • Kirsten
    If you're like me and you have spent insomniatic nights going down the rabbit hole of conspiracy sites, you've probably heard of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. In February 1959, nine Russian hikers perished under strange circumstances in Russia's Ural Mountains. Their bodies were found scattered from their tent, most having died of either blunt trauma or hypothermia. The incident's been dogged with rumors of KGB hits, infighting, attacks from outside...
  • Elizabeth☮
    My husband and I saw a movie called Devil's Pass that (like most horror films) said it was based on actual events. Until I saw a friend here reading this book, I thought the entire movie script was made up. It wasn't. What happened in 1959 is nine friends set out to climb a mountain in the Ural range during winter. And those nine friends were found dead without explanation.Eicher pieces together interviews, journal entries, and photographs to det...
  • Eric
    In the early winter months of 1959, a group of students and recent graduates from the Ural Polytechnic Institute departed from the city of of Sverdlovsk on an expedition to [the] Otorten Mountain in the northern Urals. All members of the group were experienced in lengthy ski tours and mountain expeditions, but, given the time of the year, their route was estimated to be of the highest difficulty - a designation of Grade III. [...] Their bodies we...