No worries about slow responses on here. It is usual for these discussions to take some time. I have written some comments to you post below:
The infrasound theory is interesting. WAB has presented some interesting posts on how the effect could have been created. Some complicated fluid dynamics. Think had something to do with rotating air mass impinging on a separate flow creating Eddie currents similar to Kharmen Vortex.
In experiments it has had a significant effect on some individuals. Inducing a sense of fear or dread. But from what I understand it only affects about 30 to 40% of people. It is definitely worth further investigation.
Going down the slope is a very logical action - I agree. But obviously leaving the tent without shoes and clothing and essential equipment is not logical without a very real reason. So is it possible that they were acting lofically and illogically at the same time? Maybe if they had induced fear then it is still logical to run down the hill even though the sense of fear is unreal?
Did they cut their way out of the tent? A difficult question. I agree that much of the damage to the tent was caused by the sloppy recovery digging it out of the snow and dragging it across the slope. But I would like to draw your attention to page 304 (I think). Of the case file. Notingnthatnpage 303 is missing. Have read of page 303 of the criminalistics forensics of the tent in the case files and let me know what you think.
I don't recall anything in the case files about the food and if it was tested. Given the fridges conditions I think it would have been well preserved in the tent, even after several weeks?
Here's an interesting question: if the infrasound only affected a fraction of the group or if it was food then is it likely that all except Thibo and Semyon would be found without footwear? Also the scene inside the tent is depicted as quite orderly. Seven crumpled blankets, 2 layer out? Which two were layed out? Thibo and Semyon? Because they were on duty and the others had settled into theirs? Why is the scene in the tent orderly, apart from the shoes? Very strange.
I understand your skepticism about the Yeti theory. It is difficult to understand how such a creature could exist undiscovered with no scientific evidence. I am skeptical too. I have explored some of the other theories and even presented the Low Yield Nuke Theory, but given the vast number of eye witness accounts and stories I still think its worth looking at it objectively. At the end of the day none of the other theories have produced conclusive arguments or evidence yet.
When Charles Darwin first presented his theory on the origin of species at the Royal Socienty can imagine the reception he received? If there is one thing that I know it is that we don't know everything.
Yeah,I`ve read WAB`s posts about the Infrasound theory back in the day. My field of competence is different, but I really think infra sound is a good natural explanation, at least for the beginning of the events. I`ve watched WAB`s videos during his trips to the Pass, and hell yeah, wind is blowing there. Karman Vortex is a rare case phenomenon outside laboratories, but it gives food for thought.
I agree that it is natural to run for your life when you are scared, no matter the reason – real, or imaginary. But I don`t get why they left in a hurry, and then just walked away. It is irrational to me.
Thank you for the remark on the tent.
According to the report (sheet 303), “With a careful examination of these damages, it is established that some of them /and in particular conditionally marked damages №1,2,3/ have a completely different nature compared to all the other damages that are on the tent. The edges of these three lesions have even, not elongated ends of the threads, are damaged at different angles, breaking both the weft threads and the warp threads.”
To me, the different angles suggest, that it might be due to the work of the searching parties – shovels, or other tools.
Also (sheet 304): “In the camping tent of Dyatlov group on the right slant of the canopy forming the roof, three damages of approximately 32, 89, and 42 cm in length /conditionally numbered 1, 2, 3 / are made with some sharp weapon /knife/ i.e. are cuts.”
The size of the cuts is very important: the biggest cut is only 89cm. I think, that if they cut the tent in order to escape a lethal threat, the cut would have been much larger, probably not in a straight line, or at least, there would have been traces of both the initial cut, and then tearing apart of the fabric. We should consider, that 9 or 7 people had to get out through these holes. Those “cuts” were clear cuts, and as far as I see it, they were relatively small to serve the purpose of emergency exit for 9/7 people. And that brings yet another question: If it is a fact, that the tent was cut from the inside, why the cuts are so small? Observation? Illogical actions? Damage? So confusing
As far as I know, there were no tests on the food/water. If I am not mistaken, the report says that there were no traces of alcohol in the bodies. I really can`t recall now, but I think that it is the report for the first bodies (Dyatlov, Zina, Rustem, the Yuri`s) found on the spot.
The scene at the tent is very confusing, and as we all agree I think, whatever happened, started near/inside the tent. I do think, that Thibo and Semyon were outside during the start of the whole ordeal. Or at least they were preparing themselves to go out.
About the Yeti, I am really skeptical. I know, like you mentioned in previous posts, that a huge number of things were “doomed” to be non-existent or myths, but I just can`t help myself feeling, that the Yeti is a pure hoax. The only, objectively speaking, way to reflect on Yetis, is why and how different people, from different parts of the world claim that they`ve seen one? And it dates back to who knows how far ago. If it was a recent claim, we can blame the informational environment, since barely everyone has access to internet and is able to read and share. Apart from that, I struggle to find reasons to even speculate about the Yeti involvement in the whole event. We barely “know” something about those creatures, let alone blaming them for the Pass tragedy.
You are right, no theory has ever provided clear evidence of what had happened on Kholat Syakhl. By the way, I am familiar with your Low yield nuclear theory. You do seem to back up and argument a lot the possible happenings. Personally, I think it is somehow too complicated. The other one that you suggested - the most simple reason for the whole event, is according to my view.
I agree, we can`t and we don`t know everything. I think most of the theories we have now, are worth debating, until proven irrelevant. I just feel, that some of the theories are just more “on the table”, compared to others.