…or the wildest of wild goose chases.
Forrest Fenn, multi-millionaire art collector and author, claims to have hidden a 10x10x5 inch bronze box weighing 42 lbs and filled with gold treasure worth over $1
million somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
The avid elderly explorer says he will return for the treasure when it is worth over $10 million.
Fenn owned an art gallery with his wife Peggy after leaving the United States Air Force. The gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico sold artefacts and fine art.
When Fenn was diagnosed with cancer in 1998 he came up with the idea to hide a treasure chest and release clues for its discovery. He filled the chest with gold, rare coins, jewellery and gemstones, along with an olive jar holding his autobiography.
He intended to hide it and then commit suicide nearby, with the treasure as an ultimate legacy from a life of exploring. Fortunately, he survived his illness and waited until 2010 to hide the treasure.
Fenn released a book called The Thrill of the Chase in which he offers nine clues as to where the treasure lies in the form of a poem.
Here is Forrest’s poem with nine clues to a million dollar treasure
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 answers 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.
The poem is suitably vague; confusing many would be treasure seekers and there are now many websites and blogs dedicated to consolidating what is known about the whereabouts
of the treasure. But still, the treasure remains unfound.
Despite Fenn claiming some searchers have been within 200 yards of the box, nobody has mentioned the clues to Fenn in the correct order.
The treasure is not without its controversy.
Three men have died whilst searching for the treasure which has prompted New Mexico authorities to pressure Fenn to call off the search. Fenn claims no responsibility however
and the chase goes on. The treasure is in one of 4 states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado or New Mexico and is a gift to the first person to find it.
Good luck, treasure hunters.