UPDATED JUNE 26th 2017
The treasure has been hidden in the mountains for more than 6 years now and I think as many as 250,000 may have gone searching for it. Two have lost their lives in that process, and I can’t help but think those losses could have been prevented.
We know that the chest is not hidden in a dangerous place, nevertheless people are putting themselves at peril by not paying attention to some common sense rules. It is time for everyone to come forward and make suggestions that will keep us safer.
When searching please don’t get target fixation or become obsessed with your solve to the point where you ignore these fundamental guidelines:
- If you can’t make two trips from your car to your solve in several hours, then don’t go.
- Don’t search anywhere an 80 year old man could not carry a heavy backpack.
- The treasure is hidden more than 8.25 miles north of the northern limits of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- The treasure is very definitely in the Rocky Mountains.
- Never search alone or when nighttime temperatures are low or when there is snow on the ground.
- Carry some kind of device that will make your location known at all times.
- If you are going into rough country it is probably best to leave your pets at home.
- A whistle can be handy if you get separated from your partner.
- It is always a good idea to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when you enter fast moving water. even if you are a strong swimmer.