Soviet Union 1959: The Dyatlov Pass Hiking Incident

Ural Mountains February 1959

Dyatlov Pass Hikers

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a true story about nine Soviet students, who disappeared during a hiking expedition in the Ural Mountains in February 1959. The search and recovery mission found a perplexing and horrific scene at the camp site. It took up to four months to recover the remains. There were no witnesses. Dyatlov Pass is an enduring narrative about a very sad episode involving seven men and two women. Eight of the hikers were in their early twenties, while the ninth was 38 years old. The information listed in the next section, discusses several theories about how they died.

More Information About The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dyatlov Pass Finally Solved After 61 Years – But Have They Really Uncovered The Truth?

Night of horror: Russia closes case on Dyatlov mystery, By Dave Makichuk

Russia reopens investigation into 60-year-old Dyatlov Pass mystery, By Mary Ilyushina and Lianne Kolirin

There were nine…., By Lucy Ash – A website that covers the story of the Dyatlov Incident. Videos and articles, some in Russian.

www. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, By Donnie Eichar. Illustrated paperback.

YouTube The Dyatlov Pass Case

Official cause of death of the Dyatlov group revealed, By Victoria Ryabikova

Has science solved one of history’s greatest adventure mysteries? By Robin George Andrews

Brooklyn Man Dies Hiking Alone in Mexico

Fatal hiking fall.

Exercise shouldn’t kill you.  Most people would agree with that. But the reality is that exercise does kill, when you’re not prepared, don’t understand the risks, or your fitness level isn’t up to the task.


If you’re out in the wilderness, on a rocky hillside, riding the rapids, or up on a mountain, you need a plan, and know what you’re doing, because the mountains don’t care, and hikes can turn deadly.

Get a grip. Wear appropriate footwear. Obey trail signs and don’t wander off.

Hiking alone in Mexico, 25 year-old Hari Simran Singh Khalsa of Brooklyn, New York, was found dead on January 2.  Missing since December 30, his body was found in a ravine near the town of Tepoztlan.

Khalsa told his wife that he planned to go on a short hike, and in a later message told her he walked further than intended, and also told friends that he climbed too high onto another mountain by mistake.

His family said he died of head injuries from a fall over rough terrain, in the Tepozteco Mountains.

In his last text message to a friend, he said that he was on top of a very high mountain, and not sure how to get down.  He had a liter (about 4 cups) of water and a bag of trail mix.

Study maps. Know where you’re going, and what to expect.


  1. Get in shape.  Strengthen your core.
  2. Learn about the terrain.
  3. Check the weather forecast before you set out.
  4. Wear proper clothing, and footwear for the anticipated weather conditions, and terrain..
  5. Carry enough water and food for your trip.
  6. Don’t hike alone.
  7. As you ascend, make note of your ability to descend.  If you think you won’t be able to navigate the terrain safely on the way down, turn around and go back.
  8. Study maps of the hiking trails before setting out on your trip.
  9. Keep in mind that in remote areas, your cell phone is useless.
  10. Know what type of wildlife you may encounter.


A strong core prevents falls, by stabilizing your spinal muscles.  Instead of landing on your head, back, or knees, you’ll remain upright, whether you’re walking on icy pavement in a city street, or engaged in wilderness sports and recreation activities.

Here’s a list of related articles about outdoor recreation safety.

How To Exercise Your Core

Strong Core Muscles Can Save Your Life

How To Kill Yourself In A Kayak,

How To Prevent Hiking Accidents.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training


Fox News Producer In Fatal Hiking Accident

Martin Burns, a Fox KTTV investigative producer and writer, died on August 25 in a hiking accident in the foothills above Altadena, California.  He was 56 years old.

Hiking alone in the Los Angeles National Forest, his body was discovered by another hiker, at the bottom of a steep ravine, below the trail that leads to Inspiration Point.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training  

Disappearing On The Hiking Trail


When you set out on a hike, one of the most important rules, is not to go alone. If you bring a child, at least one other adult should also go along. 

Here are two recent stories about disappearing hikers. One has a happy ending, while the other doesn’t look too good.


Hiking without cell phones, or flashlights, a 51 year-old man, and his 11 year-old son went missing in Maui, Hawaii.

Starting out on the afternoon of Friday, August 9, they were reported missing 5 hours later by a family member.

A helicopter and fire personnel searched the area hit by heavy rains. The man and his son were airlifted to safety on August 10. They were very lucky to be found.


As of August 5, the search for 66 year-old hiker, Geraldine Largay was called off. Starting out in April, alone on the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia, she covered 950 miles, and disappeared near Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Largay was reported missing on July 24, by her husband. Among the 115 search and rescue volunteers, were dog teams, wardens, and searchers on foot and horseback.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training