Posted in november 2013
Recently someone placed a few Fenn treasure hunt related items up for sale on eBay. The listing includes Forrest’s two latest books, The Thrill of the Chase and Too Far to Walk and along with these items he offers the solution to the poem. As evidence that his solution is correct he offers two email messages he received from Forrest and conversation between Forrest and his partner. Clearly this fellow believes his solution is correct because he is not making much off the books. So the motivation to sell must be something else. For whatever reason this person cannot go and get it himself.
We have seen this kind of behavior before. People who have naively or otherwise misinterpreted Forrest’s email as evidence that their solution, or location of the treasure, is correct. Here is what he writes on the listing to prop up his belief that the solution is, in fact, correct:
I have solved Fenns poem. It took two years to accomplish but I have done it. I am selling the two books; The Thrill of the Chase & Too Far to Walk with my solution to the poem. You will also receive multiple maps of the area and what I believe to be the exact spot and all my notes and drawings.
I cannot go out to retrieve it due to a medical condition. I ask only for 10% of the chests value upon finding it with using my information you purchased. By buying this information from me you are agreeing to pay me 10% of the chests value.
I had sent Mr. Fenn an email stating a brief vague description of how to read the poem. The very next day at the book signing in Taos, NM he said someone was very close. A few days later my partner had emailed him and said he was going to retrieve the chest and said that Fenn was talking to me through email and the solution. Fenns reply was “bring the chest to me and I will help you on what to do with it and congratulations.”. I later told him I couldn’t go and was going to put it all to rest. Fenn replied with stating I had the most confidence out of all the 24, 000 people who had emailed him. These emails are in the pictures here provided.
There is only one correct way to read this poem. And that is the only way to find a specific starting point.
The eBay posting is located HERE.
But it is not likely to be up long so I have copied the elements below so you can see them for yourself after the eBay listing has been removed…or sold…
First-the listing- (click on the image to see it larger)
Next-the two notes from Forrest..you probably don’t need these any larger.
As I suspect you have noticed. There is no confirmation of the accuracy of Bowhunterman’s solution in either of these notes that he upholds as physical evidence that his solution is likely correct…none at all.
The fact that Bowhunterman believes that there is any confirmation in these notes can only be attributed to self-delusion.
Forrest never tells a searcher if their solution is correct or incorrect nor does he tell them if their spot is close or far. He has said over and over… If he has clues or hints to give out he will give them publicly. Otherwise some searchers would have an advantage over others. If you feel you have the poem solved and all you want is confirmation there is no reason to write Forrest about it. He will not verify or deny your solution. Instead you will probably get a note much like Bowhunterman’s…if you get anything at all.
So lets look at the two notes-
The first note has two sentences. Forrest says nothing about Bowhunterman’s solution. Instead, like a good coach, Forrest applauds the fellows confidence…not his performance…not his solution…but his confidence. This is a tried and true method that coaches in sports and managers in business employ to generate motivation. It congratulates a person for personal qualities they have, rather than humiliates them for what they have not attained. It gives people the message that they are appreciated and others have faith in them even if their performance needs work. Clearly, in the first sentence, Forrest is warning Bowhunterman that his confidence is so strong that perhaps Bowhunterman had not considered the possibility of being wrong. In the second sentence Forrest is making two statements. First, confidence is good. Second, that proof of finding the treasure will be to bring the bracelet by. The bracelet is the proof. Not the solution.
In the second note there are simply three sentences. Again, nothing is said about the solution. Only Bowhunterman’s confidence. Forrest reminds him of the confidence he once had and how strong it was and tells him that it is odd to give up when confidence is that strong. In other words, Forrest is telling Bowhunterman not to quit. Quitters never win.
We have seen the kind of reaction that Bowhunterman has had to Forrest’s note several times before. People with unshakeable confidence in their solution who cannot understand what Forrest is telling them…or not telling them. People who believe their solution is correct in spite of the fact that the treasure is not where they went. In spite of the fact that their solution leads them to a structure. In spite of the fact that their solution leads them to Kansas, Idaho, Utah, Nevada or Canada.
Be cautious of over-confidence.