I'm going to have to start carrying dollar bills instead of twenties.A 66-year-old snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Mount Rainier said he stayed alive by digging out a snow tunnel and burning his paper money for warmth.
Stranded amid freezing temperatures in near-whiteout conditions on Mount Rainier, Yong Chun Kim held his trusty yellow lighter and wondered how much warmth $6 could buy.
Kim felt guilty as he watched a $1 bill quickly go up in flames. Despite the dangerous conditions he found himself in, Kim worried he was breaking the law by burning money and feared he would get in trouble for setting a fire inside the national park.
The brief warmth convinced him he should light his only other piece of paper, a $5 bill.
Kim would ultimately set fire to anything else he could spare — an extra pair of socks, bandages, a nylon scarf and a toothbrush — before he was rescued Monday at an elevation of about 6,400 feet after spending two nights on the frigid mountain with only what he had packed for a day hike.