Yes, the tent vas cut by 3 attackers on 2 February 1959, around noon or 1 PM.sarapuk
is right, there are not enough clues (or too many clues are missing) to come to an indisputable certainty about the causes of the deaths of the 9 hikers of Dyatlov's group.sarapuk
, who has not appeared since May 19, 2021 (Now July 15, 2021) - worryingly - often included in his comments phrases such as: « All speculative analysis. Just guesswork. No evidence....»
Nevertheless, everyone is free to think that some explanatory hypotheses are more likely than others.
Thus, my favourite explanatory hypothesis is mainly inspired by 3 authors:Eduard Tumanov https://forum.dyatlovpass.com/index.php?topic=411.0Per Inge Oestmoen https://forum.dyatlovpass.com/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;u=325Aleks Kandr http://mystery12home.ru/t-ub-gr-dyatlova https://taina.li/forum/index.php?topic=1002.0
There were 3 mercenary attackers who were ordered by Stalinist (ex) NKVD officers, in charge of guarding of the Gulag camps in the Ivdel region (Ivdellag).
••• 1 February 1959, around 8 p.m.: Surprise attack, the 9 hikers are forced to leave their tents hastily by introduction of suffocating gas or simply by trickery (ruse).
Then hand-to-hand combat in the dark (on the slope of Kholat Syakhl and around the cedar) against the 3 attackers who are armed only with blunt objects.
••• 2 February 1959 around 6 AM: Final victory of the attackers: all 9 hikers are dead or about to be, the bodies of Dubinina and Zolotariov are mutilated.
Then the attackers rest inside the tent and eat the hikers' provisions.
••• 2 February 1959 around 1 PM: the 3 attackers first cut the tent canvas
and partially destroy the tent, then they set off in the direction of North-2.
••• 4 February 1959: As soon as they arrive in Vizhay, the 3 attackers are denounced by the ex-NKVD officer(s) (clients, commanders..) and are therefore arrested by the KGB.
Between 2 February 1959 and the arrival of the rescuers on 26 February, the wind erased almost all traces and there was no staging on the Kholat Syakhl slope.