Additional Clues

Forrest Fenn has established a few clues that were not found in the poem or the book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

– The treasure is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM.
– The treasure is not associated with a building or structure. Somehow I took this to mean the home of Brown is not a building or structure but I may have taken this clue too far
– The treasure is not in a cemetery
– The treasure is more than 7500 feet above sea level
– The treasure is in either NM, CO, WY, or MT – specifically in the regions depicted in the official map

My understanding is that the treasure is not buried under ground – it is supposed to be exposed to snow and rain. I’m not 100% clear on this.

There you go…

Forrest Fenn Deserves an Award

I always meant to visit Yellowstone National Park. I never went until I read about Forrest Fenn and his treasure. I know I’m not the only one that was inspired by FF to get off the sofa and onto the chase. I am sure many people have visited YS while on the hunt for FF’s treasure.

YS officials should be thankful and acknowledge the contribution FF has made to their park.

I spent a lot of money on the chase. I spent a lot on gas, car rental, a book, restaurants and motels during my hunt. It was good for the economy.


Reality TV

Since you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you like the show “The Curse of Oak Island” as I do. If not, you ought to check it out. It airs on The History Channel – check your tv listings. It details the current efforts to solve one of the most legendary treasure hunts of all time. Just search for Oak Island on the internet if you aren’t already aware of this one.

Anyway, even though I have strongly advocated secrecy and anonymity when dealing with the Forrest Fenn treasure, not everyone agrees with me.

I have to admit: the search could make a heck of a reality tv show.

For those unaware, it turns out that most of reality tv is scripted and/or planned out ahead of time.

If I were to develop a show based on Fenn treasure, I would wait until the treasure is found, and make sure to keep the find a secret. Then I would film a number of episodes where we search in different areas that seem to have potential, but do not hold the treasure. The grand finale would be a staged re-enactment of the big discovery.

Imagine the possibilities!

So if you find the hidden treasure chest and want to be on tv, keep this in mind. And yes, I’d be interested getting involved.

For the record, I’m not suggesting that “The Curse of Oak Island” ends with discovery of the treasure or that they have already found a treasure or anything else.

Good luck, be safe and keep me posted of your adventures!

Tarry Scant

This may be the most important part of the entire poem.

A quick stop at gives us the definition of tarry scant. To paraphrase, don’t linger and wait around. Secure the treasure and get the heck out of there ASAP.

Let’s be honest – there are a lot of dangers in the chase. Altitude, wild animals, rough and unfamiliar terrain come to mind. But as usual, man is the most dangerous game.

Throughout history, MANY people have been murdered for far, far less money. Gold specifically seems to leave a long trail of deaths as greed does strange things to people.

There is a famous saying that has been, sadly, misquoted to the point that its original meaning has been lost. It should read:

The lack of money is the root of all evil”

In other words, if someone knows that you have the treasure, they may do something desperate to take it from you. My advice is to act like an innocent hiker, fisherman, or tourist. I wouldn’t tell anyone I am looking for the treasure, and if I found it, I would shut up, put my head down and rush to a safe haven. Be sure to take a backpack large enough to carry a 10x10x6 inch chest that weighs over 40 pounds.

That, I believe, is the best advice Forrest Fenn or I can give, and that is why I call it the most important part of the poem. Safety first. Dead men spend no treasure.

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