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Taiwanese Pair Survives 3 Nights on Mountain Eating Just Mentos

The two hikers got lost in foggy conditions on New Year's Eve.

by: Trent Knoss

Snow Mountain [photo: Wikimedia Commons]
Snow Mountain [photo: Wikimedia Commons]

A man and a woman survived three unexpected nights out on Taiwan's second-highest peak, subsisting on just two rolls of Mentos candy.

The Taipei Times reports that Chen Yu-chu and Chang Yun-chien attempted to climb 12,749-ft. Xueshan (Snow Mountain) on New Year's Eve, but lost the trail. Neither day hiker was carrying any shelter or overnight gear:
The pair said after their rescue that were it not for the two lighters and two rolls of Mentos they had brought with them, they might not have survived.

“We went astray because of heavy fog when trying to reach the peak. As Chen’s GPS navigation device and radio transmitter were both out of batteries at the time, we decided to head down to the valley of the Cijiawan River first because the nighttime temperatures on the summit could drop to as low as minus-6°C,” the pair said.

Chen and Chang said that they used their lighters to start a fire out of tissue papers and dry branches they gathered to stay warm.


After two difficult nights with minimal provisions, the pair eventually picked up the trail again and were rescued by province officials. Both hikers are expected to make a full recovery.

Read more: Taipei Times

Plan and pack for an unexpected night out. Check out our emergency guide here.




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