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This rare once in a lifetime expedition is something that I think exists outside of the events of the day and will hopefully advance the knowledge of this fascinating incident for people the world over. It is a milestone in our efforts to uncover all existing details and mysteries about the Dyatlov case. I will upload photos until we start the trek on 30 July. Then, I will have eyes and ears for the mountain only but you can download FREE Kindle "1079" book in three languages: English, German and Spanish from July 31 to August 4. Will have more information from the expedition after I fly back to Europe on August 19, 2022. Godspeed to the entire group going to the Dyatlov Pass!
August 19, 2022. I re-entered civilization today. The 13th expedition of the Dyatlov Foundation was by all accounts the most resourceful one. We paid our respects but we also found tangible artifacts and located places. The participants in the expedition will report about their findings when ready. I will be dreaming about the Northern Ural. I slept near the cedar and got these pine cones to breathe the taiga for a little longer. Need to make the clarification that the cedar and creek where the bodies were found are off limits for camping. No one does it, there is a strong convention among researchers about this. I don't have to spell out how much damage the traffic can do. The kern on the photo is from a huge dead cedar near the live cedar. It was there the whole time, just no one was looking for it. There is more, I will tell you in time when I wrap my mind around the significance of the finding. I need to examine it first to be sure. And last but not least I found friends for life. I don't remember ever being with such a bright bunch of explorers. Wonderful people, all of them. This includes some of them who blew themselves last year. This year the mountain was friendly and people were happier. Their words.
Since I wasn't able to post from Russia I will start dumping photos per batch hoping that till I reach the day of discovery I will have some more information to share with you. The artifact we found (per my idea so I have it) could be nothing or could turn this case upside down literally and prove at least the first part of my theory. That is that the tent was in the area of the cedar tree when the incident happened. I ask for patience.
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No one knew until now where the labaz (or the last but one campsite) of the Dyatlov group was. Aleksandr (Sasha) Konstantinov claims to have found it.He was hoping to confirm a fire or cans. We carried two metal detectors for this purpose. Although no metal artifacts were found on this site, these metal detectors will make history on the next day. On the alleged labaz Sasha K. found partially sawed branches 3.5m high because the snow was ~ 2m judging by the photos and how much of the tree trunks were covered. He also dug up 2 pieces of birch bark 3 cm underground and said that this must be the bottom of the labaz. They did look like insulation, maybe it was under the tent and then it was used for the bottom of the labaz.
Sasha Kuntsevich and his son Vanya joined the 13th expedition for the hanging of the memorial plaque of their (grand)father and then turned back to Moscow.
The two Teddy Bears bring tangerines to the Dyatlov group whenever they can. The Dyatlov group shared a tangerine on January 30 according to the diary entry. On this oarticular ocasion the tangerines were gone one hour after they were gifted.
Today we were having the tour with Shura Aleeksenkov pointing out the locations where the events and findings took place. I was hoping to see something that confirmed my theory but in no way did I suspect what I am in for. Aleksey Komanyov, who is an advocate for the paranormal, explained that the aberrations always appear in the peripheral sight and they disappear when you turn to look at them. In my case when I caught sight of what I was hoping to find and went for a closer look, it stayed there with the colossal certainty of death itself. It was there, Shura Aleeksenkov knew about it, and yet, somehow no one saw its significance. Can you guess what it is? It appears on two consecutive photos. I took mental note and didn't insist on agitating people, but decided to return to investigate. That is when I found something everyone was looking for. I found it right there where no one believed it was possible. I know I am a tease, but I am getting scientific confirmation of what it means as we speak. I wouldn't waste your time if it turned out to be nothing. "Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the Earth" (Matthew 5:5)
On August 5-6 Oleg and Olga Taymen, the leader of the expedition Aleksandr Komanyov and I headed for an overnight stay in the area of the cedar. Oleg and Olga are video bloggers with previous track in the Dyatlov case. In 2021, 46 meters from the cedar, next to the den, they found pieces of skis and bindings of the Red Army, a military model of 1920-1946. Aleksandr Komanyov brought thermal imager so we can hunt if something is lurking in the dark. Both parties had metal detectors to search the creek. I just wanted to investigate the fallen tree I had seen the day before and take advantage of the metal detectors to search around it. Sasha Konstantinov, who found the labaz, and is an expert in forestry, promised to join us on August 6 and take a kernel from the fallen tree.
Tin can found with metal detector 28 cm deep in the ground under mesh of thick roots 10.8 m from the cedar tree azimuth 45° on August 6, 2022. The microscopic analysis by expert Yoan Donev shows characters M278. After a joined investigation with Dyatlov case researcher that goes by the nickname Энсон (svotrog1079.mybb.ru) we concluded that this is a tin can from a condensed milk made in 1958 by Lyubinskiy Molochnokonservnyy Kombinat which is close to Yekaterinburg.
We first thought that we see holes from bear fangs, the Russians thought it was axed. Yoan Donev, expert from the Central Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration at the National Historical Museum in Bulgaria, said that the can was empty because if it was unopened the body would have been stronger, and the tin can was crushed in one of the following ways:
"A) embrittlement due to corrosion;
B) someone stepped on it;
C) fall of a branch/stone something from nature, ice...
Could have been crushed by the same tree that fell on top of the tent (or its branch)."
Yoan Donev confirmed that the cuts on the lid correspond to an opening with a knife to drink the milk and there is a second round whole that could have been to let the air in. The second hole doesn't have the characteristics of being opened with a tool, but the elongated one is made with a blade.
There is a hypothesis about the can being used as a grenade, seems to be a practice to make grenades from tin cans during the war. Expert's comment: "I think it was a regular can, not a grenade, because if it had been exploded or even just enlarged by the contents spoiling, there would have been signs of inflation. Also the edges of the elongated cut are inverted inwards (possibly forced with a blade), where on explosion they would curve outwards."
The following research is provided by Энсон (svotrog1079.mybb.ru).
18. Can labeling. Symbols must be stamped on the bottom and lid of a non-lithographed can.
19. At the bottom of the can, three to six characters are stamped in succession in one row:
a) ministry index:
«К» — USSR Ministry of Food Industry;
«М» — Ministry of Meat and Dairy Industry of the USSR;
«Р» — Ministry of the Fishing Industry of the USSR;
b) plant number;
c) the year of manufacture, indicated by the last digit of that year.
Example. Cannery №25 of the Glavmyas MMiMP of the USSR in 1948 should have a brand: «М258».
18. Маркировка банок. На дне и крышке нелитографированной банки должны быть выштампованы условные обозначения.
19. На дне банки последовательно в один ряд штампуют три-шесть знаков:
а) индекс министерства:
«К» — Министерства пищевой промышленности СССР;
«М» — Министерства мясной и молочной промышленности СССР;
«Р» — Министерства рыбной промышленности СССР;
б) номер завода;
в) год изготовления, обозначаемый последней цифрой этого года.
Пример. Консервный завод №25 Главмяса ММиМП СССР в 1948 г. должен иметь марку: «М258».
Conclusion: We found a tin can from a condensed milk produced by Lyubinskiy Molochnokonservnyy Kombinat (№27) that opened in 1939. GOST 1506-42 does not fit the charset. The first standard that is a match for the stamp on the tin can is GOST 1506-47 (read "Из истории вопроса), then GOST 1506-52 and GOST 11811-66. GOST 23651-79 already changes the markings on the tin cans drastically. So were are left with a tin can dating from 1948, 1958, 1968 or 1978. We need to narrow down the year of production by possibly making a metal comparison with a can from 1958 for which we need to contact the plant for a sample.
It is very probable that this was the label on the can. Iraida Fomina was the author of label design for condensed milk.
After the expedition (on August 12, 2022) I met with Vladislav Karelin who took part in the search in 1959. I showed him the tin can and asked if it could have been left by the searchers. Karelin is a very rational man. He didn't go into how much they respected life and in how much distress the finding of their friends and colleagues bodies put them at the time. He simply explained that it is impossible for this can to have been left by the searchers because the discipline of how the food was prepared and consumed was very strict. They were given breakfast, worked all day, and then returned for dinner. No one but the person on duty had access to supplies, and you don't mess with the provisions on an expedition organized by top level. And one more argument, if someone goes demented a decides to steal a can of condensed milk and eat it, would he do this right where everyone is working and looking for more bodies? The cedar was the epicenter of the search.
I chose August 7 (Igor's nickname was s777) for the day I will go up Kholat Syakhl (1079) with the book "1079" and a GPS to illustrate what the name stands for. I asked who can lend me a GPS and both Shura Alekseenkov and Sasha Konstantinov responded that they don't mind walking with me. They are real troopers.
The road back is the time for contemplation, for the information to sink in, to think about what's next, for taking note of how to get in touch with the people around you. In my case it was also a time for the big shock that the share of group supplies on the way back (4 kg for women, 5 for men) was not much lighter than on the way to the pass (5 kg for women, 7 for men). The thought that my backpack will be lighter on the way back was what kept my spirit strong and when I was handed the 4 kg I knew I was going to fall apart. My "lighter" backpack was 20 kg and I couldn't mount it myself, I needed someone to put it on my back. Shura Alekseenkov tried to lift my spirit by bringing me pine cones from the top of the trees, and when this didn't work, he offered to take my supplies. Shura is the man who ensures everyone makes it in one piece. In 2021, when Yuri Kuntsevich felt sick, Shura took his backpack and went back with him to the place where he could hitch a transportation to Ivdel. Shura gave me a day of reflecting the beautiful forest, trees covered with witch's hair, and enjoying the trail and life in general. I could fly with 16 kg backpack. He was the true gentleman who heard a woman say "I can't" and believed it. No one knew my bones look like this. The incident happened 10 years ago (distal-humerus.com), and it is all peachy, but 20 kg for 60 km is not what I should be doing. And yet again, I am going back to the taiga as soon as I can. This quote is attributed to Kinky Freidman (or Charles Bukowski), but whoever said it, it's the motto of my life: "Find something you love and let it kill you." What Aleksey Korolyev explained to me is that you never should stay without supplies in the taiga. Everyone I talk to has been overloaded in these expeditions, and at the end you leave your supplies in Ushma, or Ilycha's hut, you don't carry it back to civilization.
The Dyatlov group was in Vizhay on Feb 26, 1959 →
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Every expedition to the Dyatlov Pass starts and ends in Ivdel, even if you don't make it out alive.
On August 10, 2022, we had time to kill till the train, so everyone jumped on their phones. Me and Ayna bought a can of beer each and hid behind some old barrack. Police came and that was that. Kind of reminded me how Krivonischenko got arrested for singing in Serov Jan 24, 1959.
"At the attention of citizen Krivonischenko, sergeant explained that the rules of §3 prohibited all activity that would disturb the peace of passengers. It is perhaps the only train station where the songs are forbidden, so we stayed without singing." Yudin, Jan 24, 1959.
My comrades in this expedition didn't drink alcohol, except Shamil, who had a 350ml Cognac which we distributed evenly in the last day of the expedition. I had to introduce coffee to grown ass men. Shura (I am not going to the Dyatlov Pass without him) had a bag of grounded Lavazza in his backpack which he only produced in the final days of the trek (he forgot he had it) after I ran out of my private stash of pathetic 2in1 packages of instant coffee. How can he forget? I could eat up my shoes to alleviate the load. The only thrill during the trek were the meals with hand picked mushrooms. When I joked that this is like a Russian roulette they didn't even know what that is. When we got together in the Dyatlov foundation we only drank tea, but there was always a lot of home made food, either by the widow of Yuri Kuntsevich, delicate, beautiful, and good-hearted Olga, but also everyone brought stuff.
One year since the passing of Yuri Kuntsevich, who was the core of the Dyatlov Foundation for the last 20 years.
“The only way to survive after death is by breathing life into the universe before death.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
Yuri Kuntsevich began so many things that thrive after his death, he will live forever in the trees under which he camped, in the children's smiles that he thought to love the mountain, and in the songs by the fire. His golden heart, devotion and hospitality made him friends all around the world. We all follow in his steps, stronger than ever.