Forrest Fenn’s treasure poem has six stanzas and nine clues.
The 3rd stanza:
The third stanza contains two commas, one semi-colon (the only one in the poem) and one period, making for one single sentence (with two independent clauses).
Interestingly, the third line is in the future-tense.
From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is...
The use of the semi-colon sticks out like a sore thumb. The only semi-colon in the entire poem. Why did Forrest want this stanza to be only a single sentence, when it’s clearly two? Does this lend credence to the 9 Clues are the 9 Sentences theory? It seems to…
Does ‘heavy loads’ refer to electricity? Or a heavy weight? High-waters are the type of pants Steve Urkel wears. They come in handy when wading in ankle-deep streams or creeks.
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!
Creeks and streams appear to play an important role in the Fenn Puzzle. But, why don’t we need a paddle up our creek? And, why is it ‘our’ creek anyway? How are we in possession of this creek? Is it named after us somehow?
The entire stanza may be referring to a single location (which might explain why it’s only a single sentence over four lines of poem). If that’s the case, we’re looking for a place with a scary named waterfall. Almost nothing else would fit:
So, we are looking for ______ Creek Falls.
There is a Duck Creek Falls in Wyoming, and oh look, it’s feet away from Hay Canyon (a canyon down). If you follow Duck Creek in the opposite direction, the first thing you come to is Pole Creek (pole not a paddle). Next up is House Log Creek (heavy load) and Shellhart Fish and Stock Reservoir (water high). Then Mertz Draw and Wallace Draw (drawing nigh). The Pinto Rocks could be a blaze.
Only two other stanzas are comprised of a single sentence (1 & 4).
There’s a Crow Creek Falls in Montana.
In Colorado, we have:
Perhaps we are searching for a creek which ends on our left. Better yet if it’s a dry creek bed (no paddle would be of use in that situation). Better still if the creek is named after you, or a person.
Water high could be a waterfall, reservoir, high mountain lake, gulch, gully, etc...
Probably the 2nd most important stanza in the poem.
Solving this stanza is tantamount. You won’t find the treasure chest or the gold coins until you know exactly what everything in this stanza means.
Not as important as the Second Stanza, but nearly so...
|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|