I like this line of reasoning.
So whatever scared them and caused them to abandon the tent, the "unknown compelling force" as Ivanov wrote, is only a danger on the slope and not at the cedar. And they believe it to be still a danger so they don't return to the tent...
What I used to consider some of the most probable "compelling forces" are: a curious elk
, a hungry bear
, the cold
, native hunters
trying to explain something (not necessarily "don't camp on our holy mountain", maybe it was "don't camp here, rock slides are common").
Staying near a tree you can climb, to escape the elk, makes sense. Going to the forest and making a fire to keep the bear away, might be the only option. It can climb trees.If they couldn't suspend the stove, then the only escape from the cold is again a campfire in the forest.
I can't see how the natives would make them abandon their equipment in any case, so I'd rule that option out.
And then there are the new options of a tremor
(Is this due to rock slides?), and the wolverine spray
ing the tent.A tremor might trigger an avalanche in turn, so it makes sense to retreat to the forest. But I would think if there was
a tremor, we would know about it from seismological records. Maybe it was something only felt locally? Is that even possible?As for a wolverine, well explained elsewhere, the hikers avoid returning to the tent due to the smell.
All of these seem like possible options as the "compelling force" to me...
Manti, its a strange choice of words for me. Accidental but violent. and likened to injuries sustained from a car crash or from falling or being thrown. It's been suggested that those types of injuries could have only been caused by falling or being thrown from at least 60 feet which was a theory dismissed by one of Russia's top forensic pathologists who determined it was very unlikely that they sustained those injuries from falling/throwing.
This was about Zina's injuries. Hers weren't likened to a car crash. That only applies to some of those 4 found in the ravine months later.
In case of Zina, I interpret "violent" as the opposite of a "painless" death, but it is indeed a strange choice of words.