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The Forrest Fenn Treasure - “The Thrill of the Chase”

A note from Shaun Whitehead…

In April 2013, a contact reacquainted me with this extraordinary treasure hunt.  It had been brought to my attention before, but then I was just too busy to take notice.  However, over Easter, I found a little time and I became intrigued.  A fascinating gentleman called Forrest Fenn has hidden a box of valuable items somewhere in the Rocky Mountains of the US, and left clues to its whereabouts in a poem.  The story reminded me of tales that had fired my imagination as a child, such as the Beale codes and the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Forrest’s cryptic poem, containing nine clues, was published in his autobiography The Thrill of the Chase, but it’s also available online.


This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely,

will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. Happy Hunting!

As I have gone alone in there

And with my treasures bold,

I can keep my secret where,

And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt

And take it in the canyon down,

Not far, but too far to walk.

Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it's no place for the meek,

The end is ever drawing nigh;

There'll be no paddle up your creek,

Just heavy loads and water high.

If you've been wise and found the blaze,

Look quickly down, your quest to cease,

But tarry scant with marvel gaze,

Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go

And leave my trove for all to seek?

The answer I already know,

I've done it tired, and now I'm weak.

So hear me all and listen good,

Your effort will be worth the cold.

If you are brave and in the wood

I give you title to the gold.

Before you go looking for the treasure, here are some general comments and caveats:

I do believe that the treasure is real and that Forrest Fenn has hidden it.  I’ve seen hunts come and go, some good, some bad.  The ratio is about 50/50.  Some hunts have been called off with little explanation (e.g. We Lost Our Gold), others have been won under dubious circumstances (e.g. Masquerade).  Sometimes, what seems to the hunt-setter to be a logical and intelligent clue, turns out to be vague or bizarre when the answer is revealed.  We hunt-setters are often heroes right up to the point that the hunt is over.  Only then do we find out if we are truly heroes or villains.

On the bright side, hunting for treasure can change your life for the good.  The countryside changes, things become a little shinier, senses sharpen, the world has more meaning.  Your knowledge, awareness and creativity will increase.  Only one lucky person can take the trail all the way the end, so enjoy the journey and not just the destination.  Keep some perspective.  Searching for Forrest Fenn’s treasure should not be the most important thing in your life.

I do hope that you enjoy the thrill of the chase!


Copyright Shaun Whitehead 2015

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