Review of Facts on Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt
The last few weeks, I have seen the treasure hunt community experience a flurry of activity. Much of this stir was the result of those involved in The Thrill of the Chase being chased itself by media concerning the accident (and death) of Paris Wallace. This heartbreaking incident happened while Mr. Wallace was searching for Forrest Fenn’s hidden chest of treasures along the Rio Grande river in New Mexico.
The tragedy gained wide attention and spurred questions as to whether the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s treasure should end or continue. There were a few who felt Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt was to blame for the death of Wallace, and so called on Forrest to end the Chase by retrieving the chest himself. However, an over exceedingly amount of people deeply considered the issues, and came to the conclusion the treasure hunt itself is not responsible for accidents which occur during the Chase, so the search for Forrest Fenn’s treasure should persist. It is the belief by many that the Thrill of the Chase is inspirational and beneficial.
An unofficial survey, which was conducted and shared on the Facebook page of New Mexico Search and Rescue, a group with some members who actually feel the Treasure Hunt should be called off, provided support for the above stated feeling that the Treasure Hunt should continue. The results might have surprised the SAR because of the overwhelming support shown to Forrest Fenn and his Treasure Hunt. The numbers revealed almost 90% of the 475 voters felt the hunt should go on because the Treasure Hunt wasn’t felt at fault for lost life. A few were unsure. While only another few felt it should end.
I stated my personal opinion which was quoted in a New York Times article:
“Jenny Kile, who runs one, Mysterious Writings, sends her “heart and prayers” to Mr. Wallace’s loved ones, but fiercely defends the merits of the mystery.
“There are tragedies and risks in everything we do,” she said. “And although authorities and other disparaging people want to point the finger, ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ is in no way the blame for loss of life or accidents which happen during the chase. Most people understand this.
“I believe the greater tragedy of life is not living it,” she said. “It is more harmful NOT to encourage people to chase dreams and not to encourage them to go live an extraordinary life filled with adventure and fun.”
I feel to say the Thrill of the Chase is responsible for such tragedies is simply not factual.
This opinion, of not just my own, has many going back to ask ‘what are the facts’ of the Treasure Hunt, and how can we all be more careful. It seems the best safeguard for any future accidents happening during the Chase is to not only review the facts given to us by Forrest Fenn himself, but to hunt with preparedness and safety- which too has always been part of the hunt. While accidents may still occur, as in any and all things we do, it is never wrong to go over certain known measures to decrease potential mishaps.
For a list of safety and hunting preparedness guidelines (specific for Forrest Fenn treasure hunt), please read the Safety Guide on Finding Forrest Fenn blog by ‘Wolf’. This guide is created by a person with over 28 years of experience in SAR, and he offers a definite must read.
Basically, though, if where you plan to search is in any way considered abnormally dangerous, you should seriously rethink your location and don’t go.
Forrest Fenn offered the following Safety Tips within this post here on site which is a must read as well: Featured Question with Forrest Fenn and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Know your Limits.
Recently on another site (Dal’s blog), Forrest added a few more ‘Facts’ about the hunt. They are as follows:
The treasure chest is not under water, nor is it near the Rio Grande River. It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice, and it is not under a man-made object.
Please remember that I was about 80 when I made two trips from my vehicle to where I hid the treasure.
Please be cautious and don’t take risks.
I think, considering Forrest has stated ‘I made two trips from my car in one afternoon’ in questions with Forrest (6/19/14), and from multiple other comments he has made about not being in a treacherous area, that it is a fact to say,
*If you know where the Treasure Chest is hidden (by correctly following and understanding the Poem), you should be able to safely retrieve the treasure within one afternoon. There is no need for taking extraordinary risks.
From a collection of facts on a previous page here on this website, Forrest Fenn Treasure Facts, here is a quick rundown of some other known facts:
*Searchers should not go where an 80-year-old man, with a heavy gold laden treasure chest, wouldn’t go.
*The treasure is not in a dangerous place.
*The Treasure is not in a mine, cave, or tunnel.
*The treasure is hidden in either New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming.
*The treasure is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe.
*The treasure is hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between 5000 and 10,200 feet sea level.
*The treasure is not hidden in a grave yard.
*There is no need to dig up old outhouses. The treasure is not associated with any structure.
*Only Forrest Fenn knows where the treasure chest is hidden.
*Each word in the poem is deliberate. Forrest has said it took him 15 years to write it and he felt like an architect when doing so.
*The Poem alone acts like a map to direct you to where the treasure is hidden, however, there are ‘hints’ sprinkled in the stories of The Thrill of the Chase to help you understand the poem.
*Forrest has said a person should read the poem over and over again, and if that person deciphers the first few clues, Forrest says he could find the treasure chest. Nothing about finding the treasure chest will be accidental.
*Forrest has said, Where Warm Waters Halt is not a dam. It means something else.
*Excellent research materials to decipher the Poem are the book (The Thrill of the Chase, Google Earth and/or a good Map
There are a multitude of other things stated by Forrest Fenn available here on this website which can guide a searcher to realize the hunt for the treasure is to be an safe, fun, and adventure of a lifetime.
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