Featured Question with Forrest: Buried or Not?

Death_Valley_Zabriskie_PointHello Mr. Fenn,

You have been very clear as to not revealing whether the chest is buried or not. However, since you have told us it is above 5000 feet, in a funny way you have put a limit on if it was buried, how deep it would be. For example, if we were at 5002 feet altitude, it could be no more that 2 feet down. However, it we were at 8002 feet, it could be as deep at 3002 feet! That would be tough to do in one afternoon!

So my question is without making any comment as to whether it is buried or not, can you refine the limit? For example, would it be less than 1 foot? It would seem to help if searchers who believed it was buried didn’t unnecessarily dig deep holes. ~ Thanks Mark



To follow your line of reasoning Mark, if the treasure was in Death Valley, CA, which is 282 feet below sea level, the chest would have to be floating in the air at least 5,282 feet above the ground. I don’t have the slightest idea what I’m talking about so I’m going to make myself a chocolate milk and go to bed.f



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25 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    This Question and Answer just makes me laugh……the fun in the Chase! Thanks Mark and Forrest for the smiles…..

    It is interesting, though….is Forrest saying, while having fun, that is just level with the ground…and not buried? lol……who knows!! What do you all think?

  2. B says:

    Very cute, both of them. Great to smile!

  3. William says:

    Well you got to give it to him, that’s some imagination! 🙂

  4. Grimm says:

    I think he just said on his death bed? Astree?

    • astree says:

      Hi Grimm,

      I’m not seeing much in this one. Were you referring to the Death Valley? (DV is latin abbrev. for “God Willing”). That he knows, or found, the elevation of Death Valley shows the kind of information he pays attention to, though. The “floating in the air” comment reminded me of the floating, blown-out hat (Mildew) in one of the Scrapbook posts. The 282 is interesting.

      I’m not so sure that his comments about walking into the desert to die, or flinging himself onto the chest, are to be taken seriously, either. That’s probably not to important for the purposes of the solving the puzzle, though, in my opinion.


  5. Carolyn says:

    When I first read this, I thought Forrest was saying that it was at 5000 ft or it was above the ground, so I asked my husband and he said Forrest is just saying what he has always said, it is above 5000 ft.

  6. Wendy says:

    Intriguing answer. That’s good ole Forrest charm for ya! Great question, Mark.

  7. Iron Will says:

    Chocolate milk eh? I remember a time when I used to drink a delicious carton of that. 😛

  8. Seeker says:

    Well, FF answered that question as politely as he could.

    Just too funny to read.

  9. BW says:

    I think Mark is fortunate to have two questions answered by Mr. Fenn.

  10. astree says:

    He picked a scheme to produce 2 feet above a mile (5,280 feet).

  11. Desertphile says:

    Yeah, the “question” made a few false assertions. Funny.

  12. djjmciv says:

    If Forrest simply just piled rocks on top of the chest would you say it’s been buried or just hidden?

    Technically it would be considered buried, but it much easier to just say its hidden.

  13. Milan says:

    Maybe it’s hanging from a tree and is only 18 inches off the ground. Sure would be nice to stop carrying a shovel around everywhere.

  14. Tim Baker says:

    Hey forest hope all is well and someone does find this before your time comes my question for you if you read this is weather it’s in the first , second or third. Of course I do not expect you to give me this answer but I think you know what I’m referring to.

  15. SwagStasher says:

    I’m thinking it wasn’t buried when he “hid” it. But after all this time, nature has probably buried it.

  16. Well, in my opinion I think it’s too big of a clue to touch upon especially since I feel I have solved all the clues and leave in about a week to find out 🙂 However to talk about rather it has been buried or not is just going to give it away – sort of defeats the whole purpose of the challenge involved concerning the poem.

    Another thing I would like to say is that IF I’m given title to the Gold and not in the obvious sense but rather the secret sense, I will keep it as Forrest has 😉

    Happy hunting all

  17. William says:

    If you go by logic of Forrest answer he said that it would be at least 5282 feet which in theory it would be on the ground so by the answer it would be on the ground or higher elevated from which point you stand

  18. Kathryn says:

    I no longer believe it is buried. Thought a lot about it and believe it is hidden or rather placed in. I thought about it as a “final” resting place and remembered my dearest Grandfather the fisherman. Grandfather is in his final resting place and he is not “buried.”

    • Betty says:

      completely cover; cause to disappear or become inconspicuous.
      I could cover my couch with a cover and I’ve buried it.

      • Kathryn says:

        So true. It is amazing how things can get “buried” around the house. Funny how it is always the item you seek that is “buried”. For now, it is a bronze box that is “buried” or hidden from view. Maybe I need to part the tall grass everyone talks about. A flashlight would help and of course, the item I always forget – my eyeglasses. Who knows how many treasures I missed because I do not see well and am irritated with glasses. I tried contacts and they did not give me the vision fields I need. Thanks Betty.

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