Sad to hear this, dear WAB. Thank you for the effort and good bye!
From the notes of the journalist Grigoriev:
"In the tent usually the two sleeping at the two ends do not undress [because it is cold]. And the middle und rest undress. There are no attendants at night. If someone has to be on duty, then the next day he will be tired and everyone will have to fall behind."
Grigoriev seems to be recording the account of Yuri Yarovoy, a journalist present at the searcher, at this point in his notes - see https://dyatlovpass.com/grigoriev-2.
I also have not found anything in the primary source documents on the main site attesting to the strength of Dubinina's commitment to Communism, just references on this forum and elsewhere on the web to secondary sources which appear to be quoting people who knew her.
I wonder, does anyone have experience with, or has anyone done an experiment on how difficult it is to walk around a km or more in deep snow with only socks on your feet?
This depends on the type of snow, but there is mention in the diaries of snow "being blown by the wind, probably from trees because the sky is blue", and also on the photo where they're setting up the tent, clearly there is snow on their clothes, so I assume the snow was the loose kind...
Also based on the same photo, it was at least a metre deep around the tent.
When you step into deep, powdery snow, your feet sink into it, so I think it would be almost impossible to walk any considerable distance, this is why people use skis.
I know footprints were found in a part of the assumed route (between the tent and where the bodies were found), but I wonder if it's correct to assume that they walked the whole way..
Yes it's from the evening before - Jan 31st. They had been unable to get through the pass (probably because they were poorly equipped to be above the treeline) and fell back tired to setup camp and lighten their backpacks with the labaz. Igor seems to be indicating that the plan has changed, instead of camping in the forest they're going to the ridge (and it wont be warm.....).Igor said it (last entry of the group diary) - "We are having dinner right in the tent. It's warm. It is hard to imagine such a comfort somewhere on the ridge, with a piercing howl of the wind, hundreds kilometers away from human settlements."
But that is from a different day. And right before that he wrote "We started fire with logs, too tired to dig a fire pit. We are having dinner right in the tent."
I can't decipher what he meant... but this doesn't say anything about the night of the incident or not using the stove.
Igor said it (last entry of the group diary) - "We are having dinner right in the tent. It's warm. It is hard to imagine such a comfort somewhere on the ridge, with a piercing howl of the wind, hundreds kilometers away from human settlements."