reply to post by Rising Against
Starred and Flagged: thanks bringing this back, I think a lot of newer members may not know about this incident and so would not know to search for
I think the orange skin can be chalked up to sunburn, as you can get sunburnt really easy skiing.
The white hair is a real head scratcher though, because that can be a side effect of ionizing radiation, and supposedly elevated levels of radiation
were found at the scene. So maybe they were sunburnt after all those days of skiing and got irradiated on top it.
The hypothermia angle to explain their differing states of undress doesn't seem to hold water though.
With the last stages of hypothermia victims do shed their clothing, but those in their underwear only and shoe less etcera, exited the tent in a big
hurry pretty much dressed as when their corpses were found. Their clothes and shoes and such were still in the tent.
If they had shed their clothes from hypothermia I'd assume you'd find piles of clothing near the corpses, not all the way back to the tent.
Whatever the reason for hauling butt out of their tent into the dark and cold and half-naked at that, it clearly must've scared the living hell out
of them to take such drastic action, without even some minimal prep like getting completely dressed including shoes.
But again, four of the nine were well dressed. I've got a theory about that.
It goes something like this: everyone was asleep or settling down for the night, some already stripped down to underwear because with nine people in a
tent it can still get warm enough not to want to sleep in heavy cold gear.
Something outside got their attention, so the four most close to being completely dressed went out to check, as it could have been a bear of something
or a snow slide. The other five remained in the bunks, probably making jokes or small talk about the four that went back out.
I can imagine those four running back to the tent with some alarming news, what kind I can't say. But something bad enough to run out half-naked and
shoeless, something bad enough that the guys at the rear of the tent sliced their way out of the tent, not daring to wait for the others nearer the
door flap get out of the way. First hand accounts of the scene say the tent was slashed open from the inside.
The injuries are just plain weird.
I can see getting a concussion from running through the woods in the dark and tripping or face-planting a tree, but what can crack ribs and such
without leaving marks as was described by the medical guys?
And then the tongue missing from the female skier: if it was taken by scavenging animals, why was there not other evidence of her being gnawed on,
like damage to her lips? Just the tongue was taken. And none of the other eight was touched.