Envelope Generator wrote:What's the clear explanation of the Dyatlov Pass incident?
Recklessness of the group, exacerbated by Dyatlov's poor leadership skills.
The central mystery to me is, why did nine adults leave a tent in the middle of the night with hardly any clothes on, run a mile away, actually succeed in starting a fire, and then abandon the fire? The rest could be explained as injuries after all this, but mere recklessness doesn't seem sufficient.
The avalanche theory doesn't seem to fit, because the naked footprints of the party were found at the site, including near the tent, which didn't seem to have collapsed due to avalanche. There just doesn't seem to be enough snow, there's been no reports of other avalanches there, there were no signs of avalanche such as displaced rocks and sticks, etc.
Even if some members of the party flipped out, if the situation wasn't urgent it would have only taken one sane person to take the time to get fully dressed before leaving the site for the picture to look different. The fact is then all nine must have seen whatever was happening as immediately life threatening, even more so than leaving the tent with little clothes on at -20F.
The explanation of paradoxical undressing doesn't work because hypothermia doesn't affect all people the same way at the same time. Also after leaving the tent they were at least capable enough to start a fire, an accomplishment in the circumstances and not what you would expect from people in a paradoxical undressing state.