At some point between 2009 and 2010 an 80 year old man named Forest Fenn hiked into the Rocky Mountains and hid a 12th century bronze chest filled with 42lbs of treasure (worth over $2 million dollars). The secret location of the treasure can be deduced through 9 clues found in the interpretation of this six stanza 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.
Fenn’s treasure has captured the imaginations of untold adventure seekers since it’s existence became public knowledge. This is the story of two of those hunters exploration into the Rocky Mountains to unearth its bounty. If you decide to go after it yourself, please prepare adequately and proceed with caution. Happy Hunting!
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