I have come to the conclusion as many of you have that the incident occurred at the tent site and the mangling of the hikers bodies was at that point. My question is: What is the possibility that the "Schrooms" seeds were carried by the wind and ingested per nasal, causing severe allergic reaction on say only half of the hikers, the other hikers not being affected by the allergens, were attempting to calm the affected hikers and the injuries sustained were the result of powerful fighting by hikers in an allergic prism of severe anxiety, thinking the other hikers were trying to kill them?
I could say the say the same for the 1993 event, if they were "dusted" with the schrooms allergens, some beating their heads on the rocks, running around, etc. It sounds like the Valentina girl was not affected. The first death by the gentleman may have been severe reaction, the rest reaction to this on a smaller scale.
Just throwing it out there for digestion or rejection. Jarrfan PS: If this is not feasible, I must concur with the firey ball theory....
I have watched several videos of reindeer eating mushrooms and digging them out of the snow, so they seem to be available in winter also.
Another aspect after reading the effects of the mushrooms on humans gives them "super human strength." The schrooms article herein details that gave them an adrenaline rush which could have led to the freak incident.
The article about schrooms in the theory section also says the seeds or spores adhere to pine needles. If the wind came up fiercely and gathered then deposited the spores on the hiker's, how would they know until after breathing them in they would begin the hysteria? There would be nothing left in their bodies to determine this.