Mount Rainier snowshoer burned money for warmth



SEATTLE (AP) — A snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Washington state’s Mount Rainier says he burned his paper money for warmth.

Yong Chun Kim told KOMO-TV of Seattle ( ) that he had fire starters with him and first burned some leaves. Then he started burning personal items. He burned his socks and then $1 and $5 bills from his wallet.

Kim also says he kept moving to keep warm, took cover under a tree at night and dreamed of his wife and a nice hot sauna.

The 66-year-old Tacoma man became separated from his snowshoe group Saturday. He was in such good shape that when he was found Monday he did not have to go to a hospital and instead home with his family.