So many things appears to be unclear !
- About counting skis :
It is said (and some errors explained) they found 9 pairs of ski under the tent, plus one extra. We also know there was an extra pair left as mark for labaz. But the tent inventory page, it is also said they found a piece of broken ski 20 meter from the tent. (under the discarded flashlight shema).
How many pairs of ski did they have ? Could the broken one have been count as 1 even if broken in the first inventories ?- The stove :
group diary : "The suspended stove radiates heat and divides the tent in two sections. The further section is occupied by me and Zina. Nobody wants to sleep by the stove. We agree that Yurka Kri (Krivonischenko) will sleep there. On the other side sleeps the person on duty (Sasha Kolevatov). Yurka couldn't stand the heat and after laying down for 1-2 min, he got up and moved to the second section cursing and accusing us of treason. "what is exactly the setting of the stove & curtains ? I can't figure it out. Why was the stove stored in the tent, and not "in use" ?
They just had been eating ; why eat cold ? In some theories, they put the stove away after eating -generating smoke. But from the diary, it doesn't seem habitual to take it down to sleep. (Or maybe it was so hot they decided to take it down ? It would explain why at first when pushed out of the tent, they didn't feel the cold right away and decided to go without extra clothes
---------------------------------------------------------- About clothing :
It is said tibo and zolotaryov were "probably outside" because they were wearing more cloth than the other. I actually disagree with this last statement.
They had heavier jacket on, for sure. And shoes. But the "onion methode" is actually quite as good as a big jacket, so Dyatlov, and Rustik slobodin were for me better or as well dressed than them - not accounting the fact Tibo was actually wearing 2 or 3 clothes he got from other people. Youri Doroshenko
was the only one with frostbite ; and if you add the cloth found on him and the one assumed to be taken on him by other, he only had short sleeves -but he still had 2 leggings under his jumpsuit. Krivo
was better dressed for the upper part ( Shirt, undershirt, 2 jumpers), but he was only wearing a long underwear. Tibo
was origynally only wearing a hat, 1 jumper, "warm woolen pants" and sport pants under. He definitively was not the best dressed when they got out ! ... But he took time to put his shoes on. Dyatlov
was originally wearing 1 shirt, 1 jumper, and 1 sleeveless jacket under it. But he was also wearing ski pants and flannel pants under. Dubinina
was originally wearing 1 pants, 1 underlayer pants, 1 t-shirt, 1 shirt, 1 jumper and a good jacket, plus a hat. Zina
had good leg coverage - Baize ski pants, sport pants, the 2 legging-style pants, but only 1 big jumper, 1 shirt and 1 woolen jumper just on her skin. 2 hats.Zolotaryov
was invers : warm jacket, 2 jumpers and a t-shirt, but only one pants and 1 underlayer pants. He was the only one with a scarf, had 2 hats, shoes... It's pretty good, but only because he got the fur jacket.Koletanov
had at first only 2 lights pants, but 2 shirts and 2 jumpers under a warm jacket.
had Ski pants with 2 underlayer pants, 2 shirts, 2 jumper, and a woolen cloth right on his skin (Plus shoe sole insulation in between 2 layers). He didn't have any big jacket, but he was still not to badly protected !
Tibo had on addition a pair of gloves in Dubinina's coat's pocket.
I think they actually add some layering to what they were wearing when problems hit. They did not have time to dress fully, but the disparity (some better on upper clothing, some best on lower clothing) make me thing they each had time to ad some cloth to what they were wearing inside. Not enough : but it wasn't total panic ; that match the way they calmly walk downhill.
I'm used to have at least one week of -40°C per winter where I live, and -20°C in winter is warm. I know how -30 feels. Dressed like that, and 9 people together able to keep close to stay warm, and a fire/a den, they should not have frozen within a -30°C night (as long they were not sleeping)... They were also used to the cold. There was no need to freak out, not before more problems came in addition.
An interesting fact is that Dyatlov, Zina, Rustik, and Tibo only wore wool right on their skin. Cotton is bad as first layer : they should all have been wearing wool first if they were cold (wool stay warm even if you are sweating).
For me, they were the last surviving (Tibo the first of those four to die at the den, leaving the 3 remaining free - but a bit late- to try a hike to the tent) and the only one to really feel the cold as a problem big enough to miss the tent stove.
The other got injuried before, and froze from immobility and trauma.