Before you even think of beginning your quest to solve Forrest Fenn’s riddle, take a minute and plan out your attack. There is information available which will GREATLY reduce your search area. So, instead of wasting precious hours searching areas where the treasure chest can’t possibly be - search smarter. Narrow down your area-of-attack BEFORE you start your search in earnest.
For instance, Forrest Fenn has given us a whole bunch of clues, both in his writings, and in interviews and blog postings. These clues allow us to massively reduce our potential search areas.
So, what are these clues and hints?
And, how do they restrict our search area?
Your Quest to Find Fenn’s Treasure Starts Here!
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help. We’ll guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
Right there we’ve managed to dramatically reduce our search area. But, let’s go into a little more detail about how we know some of these things.
Recently, Forrest mentioned that it was possible to use logic to aid in your search, and he was unaware of anyone working in that particular area.
He was probably referring to this interview, where he said the following:
"If I was standing where the treasure chest is, I'd see trees, I'd see mountains, I'd see animals. I'd smell wonderful smells of pine needles, or pinyon nuts, sagebrush—and I know the treasure chest is wet."
"Well you've asked me a lot of questions and some of them—most of them I answered, a few I haven't, but I've got to tell you—there's one thing I told you I wish I had not."
So, what did he wish he didn’t tell you?…
Probably the pine nuts and sagebrush bit (Forrest later clarified this statement and said that he was referring to pine needles, and not pinyon nuts). A person could go and find the habitats of pine trees and sagebrush - and see where the two overlap!
Well, someone’s already done that! They looked for only areas in the 4 states that have the proper elevation, sagebrush and pinyon pine - and it narrows potential search areas down more than 99.9%!
“No specialized knowledge is required…..My Thrill of the Chase book is enough to lead an average person to the treasure” -FF
Why yes we can!
Forrest has said that multiple people have given him the correct solve for the first two clues - and that multiple people have been within 200 to 500 feet of the treasure, without even realizing it. Presumably the same ones.
This tells us that the 9 clues probably refer to a very small area. Like a few hundred feet total. Not miles and miles and miles. People who have solved #2 correctly - got within 200 feet of the treasure.
That means that it’s highly likely that clues #3 through 9 are also within 500 feet of the treasure chest!
Forrest has mentioned that it took him two trips from his car to place the treasure. And, he accomplished it in an afternoon.
So, you are looking for a location where the nearest parking (or road) is roughly 30 to 45 minutes away (30 to 45 minutes for an 80 year old man). This will presumably be a trail-head or fishing spot.
Find the starting point. If you don’t do that first, you won’t find the treasure. Once you have the starting point, the poem will lead you right to the chest.
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In The Canyon Down|
|Not Far, But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place For The Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh...|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put-In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|