Advice from Forrest Fenn on How to Find his Treasure Chest and Solve his Poem: Top Twenty Quotes
Since the release of The Thrill of the Chase in the fall of 2010, Forrest Fenn has offered some advice on how to find his hidden treasure or solve his poem. The following video gathers some of his most notable remarks together on this matter. Many of them are from Questions with Forrest here on this site.
It is similar to Forrest Fenn Treasure Facts, in that it shares statements made only by Forrest and not others. It is what Forrest Fenn says about how to find his treasure chest- not how others think you should.
For ourselves, we like reading/listening to his advice again—every now and then- to help keep us on track in case we stray. We hope it helps you do the same! Please enjoy the Top Twenty Quotes about how to find his treasure chest.
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Top Twenty Quotes of Forrest Fenn on How to Find his Treasure Chest
- Dear Forrest, What’s more important in solving the search, a greater knowledge (“knowlege”) of Toponymy or Geography? ~Chris
I don’t know how Toponymy can help you at all Chris (I had to look that word up). But if you knew the geographic location of each clue it would be a map to the treasure. f (Questions w Forrest 2017)
- Dear Mr. Fenn, You say the clues in the poem are to be followed in consecutive order. You have also said the book holds sublte hints. Are these ‘subtle hints’ in consecutive order (in relation to how they help with clues in the poem) too? ~ Thank you, joseph
That’s right joseph, you should start with the first clue and follow the others consecutively to the treasure. Hints in the book are not that organized.f (2014)
- 1Q) Even today, after more than six years of people searching, and after all the news coverage, articles, and stories written about your secreted treasure, some people are just learning about your Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt and getting involved. It continues to inspire. Do you have any advice for these new people? How should they begin the search six years after so many others? Do you feel they are at any disadvantage?
No, fresh eyes and new thinking might provoke a winning idea. I would advise new searchers to look for the clues in my poem and try to marry them to a place on a map. It seems like the longer one thinks about the search the more they complicate the problem.f (Six Questions)
Other things Forrest Fenn has said about finding his treasure chest:
“The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental. T. S. Eliot said:
We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time” (Six Questions)
“…..study the clues in the book and thread a tract through the wiles of nature and circumstance to the treasure. If you can find it, you can have it. I warned the path would not be direct for those who had no certainty of the location beforehand, but sure for the one who did.” (Flap on map in Too Far to Walk)
What Forrest Fenn say is the First Clue in his Poem and other Suggestions:
“The first clue in the poem is ‘Begin it where warm waters halt’. That’s the first clue. If you can’t figure that clue out, you don’t have anything.” (New Zealand Interview with Forrest)
What surprises me is that so many ignore the first clue in the poem. Without it all the searcher has is the memory of a nice vacation. Although many have tried, I doubt that anyone will find the blaze before they have figured out the first clue. f (Questions with Forrest)
“The most common mistake that I see searchers make is that they underestimate the importance of the first clue. If you don’t have that one nailed down you might as well stay home and play Canasta.” (Questions with Fenn)
Most of the searchers are very bright and make intelligent comments, either by email or on the blogs, but there seems to be more attention paid to the blaze than to the first clue. Perhaps that’s why the treasure hasn’t been found. f (Questions with Forrest 2016)
Forrest has made the following comments about the poem and clues in general:
“The Clues should be followed in order.” f (Questions with Forrest)
The poem is straight forward with no subterfuge in sight. (Questions with Forrest)
Q) Did the same 9 clues exist when you were a kid and to your estimation will they still exist in 100 years and 1000 years?
A)“The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia.” (Questions with Forrest)
There are a few words in the poem that are not useful in finding the treasure Phil, but it is risky to discount any of them. You over simplify the clues. There are many places in the Rocky Mountains where warm waters halt, and nearly all of them are north of Santa Fe. Look at the big picture, there are no short cuts. f (2014 Questions with Forrest)
“It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Is someone doing that now and I don’t know it? It’s not what they say on the blogs that may be significant, it’s what they whisper.” (Dal’s Blog/Scrapbook)
“Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map.” (Dal’s Blog/ Scrapbook)
“All that will be needed are the clues, some resolve, a little imagination………..” (dust jacket of The Thrill of the Chase)
“If a person reads the poem over and over…and are able to decipher the first few clues in the poem, they can find the treasure chest. It may not be easy, but it certainly isn’t impossible. I could go right straight to it.” (Collected Works video)
Some ending comments:
“All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search.”
A polite-like email from Kristie, who admits to being a desk person, prompts me to say that if you are walking long distances in search of the treasure, you’re walking too far. f (Random Words 2016)
“Nobody is going to happen on that treasure chest. You’re gonna have to figure out the clues in the poem and go to it.” (Moby Dickens video, Nov.2, 2013)
Best of luck with all that you seek! Always Treasure the Adventure!
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