|The torn tent at the skiers' campsite|
This article offers another telling and more photographs, but the mystery remains. (Note: the page is "safe for work," but some networks may block the overall Vice.com website.)
If the tent was struck by an avalanche, how did they get out? People have died under relatively small amounts of snow — a foot or two — when it was heavily compacted.How come the skis used as tent poles are still standing if an avalanche swept over it? And was that even an avalanche-prone slope?
Wouldn't experienced backcountry skiers who survived an avalanche have not reconstructed their camp as best they could?
I keep thinking that the radiation readings might be misleading, not the real issue — but that is just conjecture.
M. wonders if they did not eat bad mushrooms. That seems as possible as anything. Since it was February, someone would have had to make an error while picking mushrooms in the forest the previous season, then bring them along in dried form to be reconstituted and cooked in a stew or something. That could possibly explain the apparent delirium. Maybe.