Featured Question with Forrest: Subtle Clues in The Thrill of the Chase

Thrill of the Chase by Forrest FennMr. Fenn,

You have said to read the poem and read TTOTC to help solve for the 9 clues. We all know there are many options to choose from regarding, Brown, hoB, wwh,and blaze hinted at in the book.

My question is, “In the book, do you also, in a more subtle way, tell which is the correct answer to one or all of the above?” ~BW


No I don’t madam, sorry. f



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29 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    A very interesting Question and Answer!

    Thanks so much!!

  2. -Steve says:

    So does “subtle way” not equal “a hint” to the correct answer of what the blaze is, for example? Maybe in a subtle way something alludes to or describes what the blaze may symbolize or look like, but not exactly what it is physically in the wilds.

  3. BW says:

    Straight and to the point. Love it! Thank you Mr. Fenn for answering my question.

  4. Tom Terrific says:

    Jenny I may sound a lot like Forrest Gump but IMO the Blaze is now and will remain a trail in the Rockies, so if you are looking for something exotic as a representation of “The Blaze” you may be looking for a long time. Tom T

    • Garrett says:

      It is my opinion that FF did mention the Blaze 2 times in TFTW. He did not “in a more subtle way, TELL which is the correct answer to one or all of the above?” But he did leave a hint, twice, as to what the Blaze IS. In my opinion. Also, in my opinion, he directed us to that hint in video interview recently. On purpose. He will never admit it though.

    • Andrew Jef says:

      Tom, let’s suppose that the Blaze is a trail in the Rockies, as you suggest. The poem says
      “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
      Look quickly down, your quest to cease,”

      Does this mean that as soon as you find that trail in the Rockies that you should look quickly down?
      If so, would it make any difference whether you are at the end of that trail (i.e., a trailhead with a sign
      that identifies the trail), or just happening on the trail as you are walking in the mountains?

      I don’t imagine this is what FF had in mind, as a typical hiking trail is generally rather unspectacular.
      If I was out in the wilderness and found an existing trail that led generally to the left or to the right,
      I wouldn’t figure it as being significant, unless I suddenly saw something else that was more
      memorable . . . such as a peek at a majestic mountaintop, or waterfall, or other geological formation.
      And in that case, it might as well have that mountaintop/waterfall/other geological formation as the

      If I found the trail at its end, and the sign said something like “Sunrise Trail”, then I might seriously
      consider it, because of its name. In one of my earlier sessions of brainstorming, I considered a
      creek with the name Sunrise. I have since decided that that area is not the one that FF hid the
      treasure in.

      The above is just my opinion . . . thanks for posting. And good luck in your search. Please stay safe.

  5. scott W says:


    But she outright asked – “…tell which is the correct answer to one or all of the above?”

    There is no hint or clue question here.

    A hint might be “to the left of”, “south of”, “looks like”, etc.

    She didn’t ask that.

    Scott W

  6. Sharon says:

    At least we can count on him giving us some straight answers, this is not one of them. So why read the book and then the poem if we can’t differentiate what hoB is or wwh?

    MAY 2014
    Many searchers have thought that warm waters halt at a dam because water being released through flues near the bottom of the dam is much colder than water on the surface of the lake. I have discussed around that subject with several people in the last few days and am concerned that not all searchers are aware of what has been said. So to level the playing field to give everyone an equal chance I will say now that WWWH is not related to any dam. ff

    • Seeker says:

      I think the answer is clear.

      “No I don’t,” …tell which is the correct answer to…

      And why would he tell us? Why folks think this answer rules out anything from the book is just too funny.
      The answer he gave imo is, We need to find the correct information… he’s not going to tell us what is or is not the correct information from the book or anyplace else. That’s the whole point of the challenge, is it not?

  7. decall says:

    No straight answers for sure… there are hints on the cover. Hints in the book… how could there not be. What’s the point here fenn? Biggest contradiction in 3 years.

    • Rich says:

      Forrest isn’t contradicting himself at all. re-read the question

    • Ever reverse says:


      The keyword here is “more”

      My question is, “In the book, do you also, in a more subtle way, tell which is the correct answer.

      The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search. f

  8. capt john says:

    His answer would still be correct if he DID tell of 2 clues….3 clues…. 4 clues….. and so on, tricky asking him anything

  9. 23kachinas says:

    What a relief, then I’m not sharing the picture of me in a headlamp with a magnifying glass trying to analyze page 99 of TTOTC book.

    Did anyone else do that after Diggin’ Gypsy shared her story through Mindy’s creative outlet the Fenn Hot Spot?

    I found a mandrake though. Check it out on page 12 of Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch “Mandrake Fenn looking for Woman Drake”


    MW, Double Omega and Double Rainbows

  10. Mark J says:

    Oh what fun it is…

  11. Rich says:

    so Forrest answers ‘no’ to a being ‘subtle’ in the book. this answer doesn’t rule out that he may have been more ‘direct’ in the book.

    also, this q&a fits with the ‘relative’ theme of this chase

    subtle, direct, cold, warm, quickly, brave & too far to walk are all relative and different for everyone

  12. djjmciv says:

    So basically we’re all screwed?

    Nobody can solve the poem and know that they solved it, this is what Forrest is saying nowadays.

    We’re all guessing when we take our chase from the computer to the forest.

    • Garrett says:

      That is true. You can in my opinion know some of the clues though but what FF said is you won’t know for sure till you find the TC. Tell you what. I’ll give you the first three.

      1) Where the warm waters halt? Madison Junction
      2) Take it in the canyon down? Madison Canyon
      3) Put in below the home of brown? 7 Mile Bridge

      How do I know. Read the beginning of to far to walk. The Prologue. Where he talks about a 3 day fishing trip walking the Madison River and how now for him it is “to far to walk”

      He came right out and told us it was on the Madison in Yellowstone.
      “Not far, but to far to walk” from the poem
      “for me not it is just to far to walk” from the prologue.

      Also it will be extremely difficult to know what the Blaze IS without TFTW.

      Of course all of this is my opinion.

  13. sumbuddy says:

    Madam is the same forward as back.
    Not what I want to allude to, and neither therefore do.
    One and won don’t make too.

    • into says:

      sumbuddy – I think you are very smart. You do realize that he just used that same word “Madam” in his last scrapbook at dal’s ………. here is how

      “Several years ago Madam Nature exercised her prerogative in our space without forewarning nor even offering a reason why, and countless trees in my little forest perished.” f

      I thought it was Mother nature………. 🙂

  14. Charlie says:

    Up a creek eh Hard as a rock I think.

  15. Seeker says:

    Are we misreading what the answer is relating to? Maybe I’m off on this one… when did fenn say hints from the book will solve “9” clues?
    “There are nine clues in the poem, but if you read the book (TTOTC) …there are a couple of good hints and there are a couple of aberrations that live out on the edge.”

    “You have **said** to read the poem and read TTOTC to **help solve for the 9 clues.**”

    “No I don’t madam, sorry. f”

    food for thought.

  16. jdiggins says:

    Eh..hmm…Elbows off the table now, children…;-)

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