1. The two suspected KGB agents were Aleksander Koleatov and Semyon Zolotaryov. This has been speculated by more than me and where I got the idea from. I just assumed that people on the forum were up to date on this idea. my bad
2. The information that the area was restricted by the military, I also got from a lot of sources about this incident. Again I thought this was common knowledge
3.what were they hiding? your guess would be as good as mine but my suspicion is dumped nuclear waste that they didn't want to admit to. Again, I htought this is a common idea that the area was military sensitive area.
4. I think they stumbled across a boobie trap and the first to get the blast were the 4 found in the ravine, then the 2 placed under the cedar and then finally the last 3 were knocked unconscious by the blast and froze. They were not supposed to be in that area at that time and when their bodies were found the military had to disguise the fact that they had killed two KGB members.
5. Bodies, tent and equipment was taken by helicopter to the pass, the furthers known place they should be, it was all set up and then the military skied back so there was tracks to be found.
6. they set up the cache etc to make it look like the skiers had made it that far, rather than have anything think they died where they did
I hope this helps clear it up, again, I just assumed people knew and obviously I was wrong to think that and should have filled in more detail
The other thing I noticed about the tent is the canvas was obviously rotten, and by that I mean it had rotted and weakened, most likely from not being able to dry out completely before being stored. Its not normal to have to sew up a canvas tent every time you use it or have jackets plugging holes. Canvas is a very strong durable fabric but it is a natural one and rots. We have a tent trailer many years ago that had canvas bedrooms (not sure how to describe it if you don't know what a tent trailer is) and if we packed it up wet to go home, we had to open it up and let it totally dry out before re packing it or else it rotted and got mold in it. I can't imagine anyone camping on a slope with a rotten tent and no heat. the wind would go right through it. If they were there and didn't have a stove, they would have had to be very warmly dressed because the canvas itself wasn't stopping much of the cold.