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John Hornby’s cabin on the Thelon River as it appeared in 1978.

A Tragic Adventure

This is the story of a tragic expedition by three young Englishmen that went horribly wrong in the barren North West territory of Canada. Against the background of a tragic story of a trapping and a exploring expedition that ran foul of food shortage is the diary of written by one of the victims, a boy of 18 who started off with a boyish zest for adventure, hero worship for his older cousin, leader of the party, and who never flinched, no matter what fearful odds of death and starvation he faced. The diary was kept by the author until the day, he the last survivor died. The skeletons were found, three years later.

No trees. That is the Indian name for the great expanse of tundra…more than half a million square miles…spread across North-Western Canada. Samuel Hearne named it the Barren Ground. It is a wilderness rather than a desert…

Few white men had travelled through that country. One man… John (Jack) Hornby… was determined to learn how to live there. And he died there… of starvation… on April the 16th, 1927….

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The group consisted of skiers tourist club Ural Polytechnic Institute (UPI, Sverdlovsk): five students, three graduate engineers UPI instructor and tourist centers, a war veteran Seeds Zolotarev. The team leader was a student of V course UPI, Igor Dyatlov experienced hikers. The remaining members of the group were also no strangers to sports tourism, with experience of complex campaigns.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

This is the story about nine ski hiker deaths that happened in the northern Ural Mountains in Russia on the night of February 2, 1959. Specifically, it was in a pass known as Dyatlov Pass. This pass was named after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov. The hikers faced horrifying and baffling deaths in the Ural Mountains. To this day, the cause of their death remains a mystery.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a dramatic and mysterious true story that unfolded in Sverdlovsk Oblast of USSR. It occurred on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl mountain (literally “Mountain of the Dead” or “Dead Mountain” in native Mansi language) in the Ural mountains. The circumstances that surround it are so bizarre and strange that to this day they escape explanation. It could be dismissed as a hoax, but real documents, photo, archives, autopsy and other official documents prove that the story of Dyatlov Pass Incident is quite real. At the point of their disappearance, the goal of the ill-fated expedition was to reach Otorten, a mountain that was approximately 6 miles away.

The unfortunate hikers never reached their destination.

Investigators studied the hikers’ diaries and photographic film in their cameras. It seems the expedition was a model of its kind. Dyatlov was a stickler for discipline and the expedition had followed guidelines to the letter, keeping meticulous records. On their last day the hikers had experienced bad weather and camped early near a ridge on the flanks of Dead Mountain. It was calculated that whatever had happened to the group must have taken place after dark, between the pitching of the tent and the evening meal.

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Global warming strikes Hawaii

How’s about that global warming thing eh?

Now Hawaii is covered in snow:

The snowfall has eased up slightly on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island, but another foot of snow is still possible Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning has been reissued, and will be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday night for elevations above 8,000 feet. The watch replaces the Winter Storm Warning, which was cancelled Saturday morning.   Read more »

How about that global warming thing eh?

Japan is experiencing fallen snow on the ground earlier than ever before.

Tokyo residents have woken up to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

The Japan Meteorological Agency also said it was the first time fallen snow on the ground had been observed in November since such records started to be made in 1875.

An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan’s capital on Thursday. Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on sidewalks and cars in Tokyo’s far western suburbs.

Meteorologists forecast up to 2cm would fall, and more in the mountains north-west of Tokyo.   Read more »

Hang on, I thought we just ‘celebrated’ the warmest year on record?

Apparently global warming isn’t that bad. After all, if it was really real and as catastrophic as has been suggested, we wouldn’t be getting headlines about the pending snow-pocalypse about to descend on the US.

One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend’s big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, whiteout conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States.

The first flakes of what could become two feet or more of wet, driving snow began falling in Washington Friday afternoon, sloshing in from the Ohio River Valley looking just like the forecasts promised.   Read more »

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Frozen

 

Nature performs many astonishing feats, yet it is a different matter altogether when we human beings push past the boundaries of normal. It was a viciously cold morning in Lengby, Minnesota, when a man discovered his 19-year old neighbour, Jean Hilliard, lying in the snow.

Her whole body was frozen solid from the night before, when temperatures dropped twenty-five degrees below zero. Apparently, Jean was trying desperately to reach her neighbour for help after her car skidded off the road. When her body was discovered she was immediately sent to the local hospital, where her condition stunned the doctors.

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That global warming is going well

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Snow fell on the mountains around Canterbury and Otago … as temperatures plummeted to as low as 1degC in the lower South Island.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little says it could be the coldest day of the summer for many. Read more »

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Photo: © Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. " The Diver Magic Kingdom "is the title of this picture, which won the third prize. It was taken at Grüner See, a lake of Styria in Austria, which saw its level rise of 10 meters during the spring snow melt. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, overwhelms hiking trails, meadows and trees, creating this magical landscape to admire, especially scuba diving.

Photo: © Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
” The Diver Magic Kingdom “is the title of this picture, which won the third prize. It was taken at Grüner See, a lake of Styria in Austria, which saw its level rise of 10 meters during the spring snow melt. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, overwhelms hiking trails, meadows and trees, creating this magical landscape to admire, especially scuba diving.

“The Diver Magic Kingdom”

Grüner See: The Green Lake of Tragöß

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Global Warming. Coming. To. Get. You

Global Warming biting hard in the US, 49 of 50 states have snow on the ground

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Global Warming is striking hard in the US.  The Herald reports on ‘Snowmageddon’ or global warming in a cool phase:

A major storm blowing in heavy snow and ice is gripping large swaths of the winter-weary US, leaving a dozen people dead and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes.

Thousands of travellers were stranded as flights, including at major air hubs in Atlanta and New York, were cancelled, and nearly 800,000 homes and businesses lost power, mainly in Georgia, and North and South Carolina.

The latest brutal freeze to hammer the eastern states of the country since the start of the year has been dubbed “snowmaggedon”, “mind-boggling” and “historic” by major television networks and forecasters.

CBS News said at least 11 deaths had been blamed on the ferocious conditions.

“A strengthening area of low pressure will move up the east coast Thursday bringing with it significant winter weather from the southeast to New England (in the northeast),” said the National Weather Service, which had warned of a “mammoth dome” of Arctic air.  Read more »