The famously eerie tale of nine dead Russian hikers…

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/02/27/notes022708.DTL&nl=fix

“In 1959, nine experienced Russian cross-country skiers, seven men and two women… headed to the Ural Mountains, to a slope called Kholat Syakhl [“Mountain of the Dead”] for a rugged, wintry trek…

In the middle of the night all nine suddenly leap out of their tents as fast as possible, ripping them open from the inside… and race out into the sub-zero temps, without coats or boots or skis, most in their underwear, some even barefoot… It is 30 degrees below zero, Celsius… All nine, as you might expect, quickly die…

The three-month investigation revealed that five of the trekkers died from simple hypothermia… However, two of the other four apparently suffered massive internal traumas to the chest, like you would if you were hit by a car. One’s skull was crushed… [and] one of the women was missing her tongue.

Oh, it gets better. And weirder…”

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