Forest Fenn has an interesting idea. He wants to get people to stop playing video games and watching television. Knowing that money is a powerful motivator, Fenn has hidden a chest filled with valuable objects. The only way to find this treasure is to get outside and go look for it.
In his autobiography “The Thrill of the Chase,” Fenn details an exciting life filled with adventure. He also shares a poem. This poem details nine clues that lead aspiring treasure hunters to the hidden bounty. The person who combines clever analysis of the poem with a willingness to scour the wilderness will reap the rewards.
Is there actually a treasure out there? No one knows for sure. However, people who embark on this quest may find a world filled with natural beauty and wonder that they would never have seen otherwise. In that sense, everyone can find Fenn’s treasure.
Here’s the poem:
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.