Dyatlov Pass Incident

Photos of Chilling Mysteries From Centuries Past

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We love old, creepy photos. And there is nothing more creepy than old photos of unsolved mysteries, or the final photos taken of people before their mysterious disappearance. For some reason, snow makes the experience of the photos more visceral; one gets the feeling that the quiet, muzzled landscape, muted by layers of frozen precipitation, heard and saw things we can’t imagine, human terror at its most raw.

Final Photo from Antarctica

This photographic negative was discovered in an expedition base at Cape Evans, Antarctica. It is one of 22 images documenting the final moments of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 quest to the South Pole. When their ship, the Aurora, blew out to sea, the company of 10 men were forced to take refuge in the hut, where three of the men died before rescue.

Scott finally completed his mission to the South Pole in January 1912 to find that his rival, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, had outpaced him and reached the spot a month earlier.

antarctic final photo

Dyatlov Pass Incident

In 1959, one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century took place at the Dyatlov Pass in Russia. Nine ski hikers set out into the mountains–all nine died. The focus of numerous books, movies, and articles, the Dyatlov Pass Incident still has not been fully explained. Investigators at the scene determined the following chilling facts:

~The hikers’ tent was ripped open from the inside; several members of the group fled barefoot and barely dressed into the snow in the middle of the night.
~The corpses showed no sign of a struggle, but sustained skull fractures, broken ribs, and a torn out tongue.
~The victims’ clothes contained high levels of radiation.

While an avalanche is still the go-to explanation, it should be noted that orange spheres were sighted in the area, which, combined with the radiation, could be evidence of Soviet military tests or UFO activity. Below are two before and after pictures.



The 2013 found footage horror movie Devil’s Pass is based on the haunting events from 1959.

The Devil’s Footprints

In February of 1855, South Devon, England experienced a night of heavy snowfall. When the townspeople awoke the next day they found mysterious footprints left by what looked like cloven hooves. The footprints covered a distance of over forty miles and were found on high walls and rooftops; they seemed to continue unabated by rivers, haystacks, and houses.

devil's footprints

Ghost Ship

On October 1, 1931, the Baychimo, a 1,322 ton steam ship, became stuck in the ocean ice near Alaska. The crew, led by Captain John Cornwell, eventually fled the ship and built shelter on the ice. They woke up the next day to find the ship gone. Sightings of it persisted for days, months and even years afterward, but the Baychimo has never been found.

ghost ship

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  • J.Griffin

    That was all mixed up about the Aurora.

    The picture looked more like the Endurance.

    The Aurora was Shackleton’s supply vessel-
    There were not ten men stranded-
    There were 6.

    3 died laying out supplies for Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition…
    who never came,
    after being stranded then shipwrecked after the Endurance eventually sank.

    At any rate,
    Scott never used the Aurora although Mawson did.

    As for Dyatlov,
    the avalanche explanation is unlikely since the ground there was nearly flat.

    There is no logical explanation for Dyatlov.

    • Mere

      I actually heard a pretty good yet far too simple explanation for Dyatlov that made me think. The guy said that hypothermia causes people to think they are actually hot. Which could have caused them to shed they’re clothes. It also makes one delerious and that’s why they fled. The tongue being gone is that soft tissue decomposes first. This does not explain the head injuries however. It made me wonder though.

      • J.Griffin

        ALL of them…

        the tongue does not decompose that quickly…
        especially when it’s THAT cold.

        Only one tongue?

        Eyes go first anyway-
        they are mostly water.

        As for the clothing,
        that is called
        “paradoxical undressing”,

        The thing is,
        it is HIGHLY unlikely that it affected a tent full of experienced,prepared skiers SIMULTANEOUSLY.

        Enough for them to cut their way out of a tent and run away?

        Some of the survivors then used some of the clothing from those who died first-
        they knew they needed more clothing but they were not willing to go back and get it.

        It wasn’t just “head wounds”-
        there were major internal chest wounds with no external injuries.

        Even pulse wave weaponry today injures the outside as well as the inside.

        Ultra-sound and microwaves cause other traces and damages.

        Dyatlov doesn’t have any nice,simple answers…
        except for those who are ready to serve or gobble them up.

        “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true”.
        -Sir Francis Bacon

        “People also prefer to NOT believe what they prefer to NOT be true”.