Forrest Fenn’s treasure poem has six stanzas and nine clues.
The 1st stanza:
The first stanza contains two commas and one period, making for one single sentence.
Three of the four lines start with the letter A.
Of the 24 lines in the poem, only three don’t fit the meter or rhyming structure of the poem, and this stanza contains two.
As I have gone alone in there & with my treasures...
Most people dismiss the first stanza, as Forrest has strongly hinted that ‘Begin it where warm waters halt’ is the first clue. And, given the usage of ‘begin’, they take that to mean that that is where you start.
But, it seems clear that the first stanza contains clues as to which warm waters (halting) is the starting point. Yet, there can’t possibly be that many clues in there.
Potential clues, going line-by-line:
Unfortunately, none seem to help much...
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist 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 guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
‘As I have gone alone in there’
The main clue in the first line has to be ‘alone’. What else could it possibly be?
‘And with my treasures bold,’
Again, not much to go on here. The clues can only be ‘treasures’, ‘bold’, or ‘treasures bold’.
‘I can keep my secret where,’
Yet again, almost nothing to go on with this clue. Presumably, the clue has to be ‘secret’, but it could also be ‘where’. Of, of course, there is no clue in this line and it exists only as a reference to the treasure chest being Forrest Fenn’s secret.
‘And hint of riches new and old.’
And, once more, we are faced with a clue that doesn’t appear to tell us very much useful information. Is the clue ‘hint’? Or, is it ‘riches’. Or, is it ‘new and old’?
The use of the word ‘hint’ implies that there’s a hint in there somewhere, but where???
Only two other stanzas are comprised of a single sentence (3 & 4).
We are looking for a general-area which satisfies the first stanza. It should have new and old riches, or at least old riches (if you assume the treasure chest and all the gold nuggets and coins are your ‘new’ riches).
We could be looking for a cave that was once inhabited by Native Americans, many centuries ago. Forrest used to search for places EXACTLY like that to go and look for archaeological ruins, baskets, weavings, tools, etc... Then, there would be riches old (the remains in the cave) and new (the chest containing all the gold).
Old, of course, could be Old Faithful.
The 1st Stanza appears to give you important clues and hints as to the location of your starting point. And the starting-point is clearly the most important thing to figure out (well, second most important anyway, beside the location of the treasure-chest).
|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|