Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident Book by Keith McCloskey

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Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident Book

Published: 2013-07-01

ISBN: 9780752491486


In January 1959, ten experienced young skiers set out for Mount Otorten in the far north of Russia. While one of the skiers fell ill and returned, the remaining nine lost their way and ended up on another mountain slope known as Kholat Syakhl (or 'Mountain of the Dead').

On the night of 1st February 1959 something or someone caused the skiers to flee their tent in such terror that they used knives to slash their way out. Search parties were sent out and their bodies were found, some with massive internal injuries but with no external marks on them. The autopsy stated the violent injuries were caused by 'an unknown compelling force'. The area was sealed off for years by the authorities and the full events of that night remained unexplained.

Using original research carried out in Russia and photographs from the skier's cameras, Keith McCloskey attempts to explain what happened to the nine young people who lost their lives in the mysterious 'Dyatlov Pass Incident'.

The Dyatlov Pass Mystery: NOT A Cold Case Book

The Dyatlov Pass Mystery Not a Cold Case Book - Keith McCloskey

There have been a number of new books on the Dyatlov Incident recently. I wanted to mention in particular "The Dyatlov Pass Mystery: NOT A Cold Case" by Henning Kuersten.

It came out a short while ago, but Henning has been carrying out further research and has just republished the book with 60% more material and has widened the scope of his research. He has also kindly asked me to write the introductory chapter. I was most impressed by the depth of research that he has put into it and surprisingly, as an experienced climber himself, he has not gone for the "it is obviously an avalanche" route as I find many climbers do.

I won’t give any other spoilers, but I highly recommend this book to all Dyatlov aficionados.

The Dyatlov Pass Mystery: NOT A Cold Case Book on Amazon

Keith McCloskey's Visit to the Dyatlov Pass, Russia

Interviews and Features

Death at Dyatlov Pass - Science Channel TV Interview

On December 20th 2015, The second part of the interview with George Knapp
is an update regarding my trip to the Dyatlov Pass.

Second Appearance on Coast to Coast AM Website

On November 17th 2013, I appeared on the Coast to Coast AM Radio Station in America.

Coast to Coast AM airs on more than 560 stations in the US as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam and is heard by nearly three million weekly listeners. It is the most listened to overnight radio program in North America.

In just 4 days my 2 websites received over 10,000 new visitors.

Appearance on Coast to Coast AM Website

I was contacted by a medium in California who very kindly went to the trouble of carrying out a session using the pictures from the book and the map of the route. Her report (11 pages long including the map and pages she used) is here:

Medium View on Dyatlov Pass Incident

National Geographic Channel - Russia's Mystery Files - Dyatlov Pass Incident

Keith was on Russia's Mystery Files - Dyatlov Pass Incident
broadcasting on the National Geographic Channel from November 2014.

Interviewed by a journalist and editor who runs an editing service for self-publishers
Interview - Mysterious deaths and government cover-ups:
Keith McCloskey on how he turned his fascination for history into a writing career

Interviews on YouTube

1) & 2) & 5) Where Did the Road Go - 3) KLAV1230AM - 4) Open Your Mind (OYM) Radio
6) Truth Sentinel with Scott episode 88