The Nine Clues…


This is the place to discuss the nine clues…For instance:
What are the nine clues…
Forrest has told us that  “Begin it where warm waters halt” is the first clue. What is the next clue.

266 thoughts on “The Nine Clues…

    • I think the solve for “heavy loads and water high”, is Creston. Get it? Heavy loads is a (ton), and water high is (crest). I think he reversed the order to make it easier to disguise.

      • Quite simple, that which most consider to be a clue just isnt so. Sound familiar?
        It’s the little things that count and in interrest of the poem, the seemingly insignificant words and letters that count. It. In.
        And y, for example. Maybe even if. All components of infinity.
        It is my belief that what most people consider to be a clue is/are merely place holders to allow proper alignment of the real clues. At least this is the case in poem as a map. It’s what us architects do.
        Its uncanning how the proper dot to dot connection of the components of infinity (within the poem) match a particular geographic location.

        • Yeah, I’m kind of thinking the same thing now too. That post is rather dated. The Chase has been going on so long now it’s more of an evolution of ideas than a simple treasure hunt. I’ve got a new idea about how to read the poem that I’m excited about tinkering with. Perhaps it may come of somethin.

  1. My 9 clues are in these lines:
    1. Begin it where warm waters halt
    2. And take it in the canyon down
    3. Put in below the home of Brown
    4. From there it’s no place for the meek
    5. The end is ever drawing nigh
    6. There’ll be no paddle up your creek
    7. and 8. Just heavy loads and water high
    9. the blaze

    My thinking hasn’t changed much in a few years and will never for my 9 clues.
    Before this way of thinking I thought any word, phrase, punc was a clue.

    • I don’t generally try and count clues, but I just did to compare with your list and I think you’ve got it spot on per my way of thinking.

      • No matter how and when you add them up, whether before or after, you must come up with 9.

        You came up with the same clues using a different method but I like to know what I’m looking for in the poem by Forrest’s words.

        Either way, it’s a nice way of thinking as long as you end up what he stated several times.

    • Hi Jake,
      My clues differ a bit from yours, so here goes: 1 and 2 are the same. 3/ Put in. 4/ Below the home of Brown. 5/ The end. 6/ is ever drawing nigh. 7/ there’ll be no paddle. 8/ up your creek. 9/ If you’ve been wise and found the blaze.

      Doing it this way I have been able to fit them into a location, but am still struggling with clue # 9.

      Good luck with yours.
      Jeff C

    • I know I said I will never change my 9 clues but want to try something slightly different.

      7. Just heavy loads and water high (I think these things are together up your creek)
      8. If you’ve been wise – or just “wise”
      9. the blaze
      Game over when you find the blaze, whatever that looks like in person IDK.

    • If you absolutely refuse to be flexible (willing to change), you may limit opportunities for advancement in solving the poem. Good luck to you.

      • I’m good what I got , how bout you Andrew?
        I don’t see your 9 clues on this page.
        I’m going to order a “tornado pineapple pizza” to help my 9 clues.
        “Laid out” while my mouth waters warm to eat with a (fine-tooth-comb) because I have no forken clue.

  2. One of the most interesting ideas that has been tossed around is that the nine clues are actually constructed like the clues in a crossword puzzle with across and down clues and when properly set-up the crossword gives you the proper perspective to understand the puzzle of the poem…

    One of the clues to this idea is the word “down”…as in Take it in the canyon down…and “down” being a hint that the solution to that clue is a down word in the crossword…

    I’ve seen some interesting crosswords formed from the clues using this idea but if this is the accurate way to interpret the clues no one has yet come up with the proper crossword that will solve all nine clues and therefore locate the chest…

    I will say that one piece of supporting information for the solution to the poem being in a crossword is that Forrest enjoys crossword puzzles…and looks forward to the Sunday crossword puzzle in his newspaper…

    This has been reported by more than one of his friends…and I will also say that I have also observed Forrest enjoy solving the crossword puzzle in his Sunday paper…

    • One of the arguments against a crossword puzzle is Forrest’s statement in Scrapbook Sixty Two …
      “Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map. f”

      But then you would have to believe that a crossword puzzle falls into one of those items he has ruled out….or you would just have to agree that in the above statement Forrest ruled out crosswords in the “spirit” of what he stated…

      Many folks disagree and still consider a crossword puzzle approach as a “simple” approach to solving the poem…

    • Dal. I found something about the chest that lead to crossword puzzles. It had to do with a word from the information history of the chest. Back in January a post on the chase site posted the archology book that had a picture of the chest lid. Siege of the church. Something like that.

    • Very good reasoning, Allen. That’s the first time I’ve seen someone put that together. Great quote source to back up your reasoning. I think you’re on to something!

    • That’s logical… But really not late breaking news. fenn told us [once in audio] WWH is the first clue, and we need it or we have nothing. We have a Q&A stating -in part- if you can find the blaze the distance to the chest would be obvious. There are a few aligning comments that give us WWH to the blaze as the section of the poem that, seemingly, leads us to the hide by what of clues…
      What’s the point in the additional 15 line in the poem, since very word was deliberate and would be risky to discount them? Three plus stanzas have to have some reasoning behind them… right?

      • I should explain; IF the poem works like across word… are the other lines in the poem “needed”
        If the idea of across word method is not usable… we still have more than 1/2 the poem to consider for some reason. And that is a lot of words to consider, right?

      • Seeker…maybe the lines of the poem that seem to be left overs *help* with the actual clues as additional info. That comment from fenn has been dissected to pieces…one only needs to go back in the *Blaze archives* right after it came out. It was mentioned here not long ago as well.

        • I familiar with many chats on the subject, ken.
          The two points I was making was about a method [ cross word style ] and are the other line before and after in play? or only from WWH to the Blaze?

          The other thought was more about the poem’s line, not involving between WW and the blaze, as needed… a deliberate need… whether they were meant to help with the clues, find a location of the clues, give a more direct reference to the clues or any other speculative idea… are those lines “needed” ? {kinda thinking in lines with the Q&A ~ Nope, Nope} Or do we just utilize the two stanzas and a line or two in the third stanza and “figure” it out “on site”? And might the other lines in the poem come into play of site, After, the clues references are known of??

          We’re talking about methods and method of reading for what a clue is and where in the poem the clues are framed… In each example to the topic of the methods, are the remaining lines used? I would hope they are, but I don’t look at all this, as basically, 9 lines only, no matter what method anyone chooses to proceed with.

          If I’m being truly honest; a cross word style solve sounds more like a game than straight forward, line of thinking. But I try to join in the chat no matter if I agree or disagree… There are still a lot of WhatIF’s to consider, no matter the method of the process we can come up with.

          • Seek-
            I think it works like a standard word puzzle that has two sets of clues….across and down…
            So the across set of clues might start with
            1. Where warm waters halt

            the down clues might start with
            1. Canyon

            If you set it up correctly (according to those who have used this idea you get names of places that when followed will take you to the chest…

            For instance…and for example only…
            Lets say the answer to 1. across is “Madison Junction” then the answer to 1. down would be the name of a canyon starting with the letter “M”…because 1. across and 1. down start at the same place in the crossword puzzle…

            The extra words simply tell you how to follow that clue to get to the chest…ie..Begin it….and take that canyon…

            It’s intriguing…but no less frustrating…
            For instance…are there any more across clues? or are all the rest down clues made from the letters in 1. across?

            If they are all down does that mean that 1, across should have 8 letters”

            and what will the rest of the across words tell us???

            At Fennboree a few years ago I actually saw someone’s completed crossword with all the clues used and some pretty interesting new clues garnered from the rest of the words in the puzzle…
            But it was mostly non-sensicle and still needed work….

    • I like it Allen, but if “the blaze” is the last clue, why do we care what “in the wood” means? Or any word after blaze for that matter?

      • Fenn said WWH is clue #1. So what do we do with the entire first stanza? If it doesn’t contain a clue, can we dismiss it?

        To clarify, I think the last clue is “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest to cease.”

        In the Moby Dickens interview:

        Fenn had a strong pause, and looked at the crowd after “Look quickly down your quest to CEASE”

        And then he forgot what came after “So hear me all and listen good…”

        I memorized this poem after a week. I’m not barging about that feat, but I think it’s very telling that Fenn forgot, or didn’t care to remember, the last stanza. It may have been added as legalese. Maybe the first stanza too?

        Again, just my $0.02 — just sharing my thoughts.

          • Don’t ask me to explain, but I think the poem works outside to in…then inside to out…I can visualize that.

        • Allen;

          I think that I am fairly sharp mentally. My reasoning powers and ability to think logically are as sharp today as they were ten or even twenty years ago. That being said, at 76, My short-term memory is NOT what it once way. Ask me about things a few years ago, and I remember them well. Ask me what I had for breakfast, and you MIGHT get an “I don’t remember.” Forrest is a few years older than I am. I too memorized the poem in a very short period of time, but occasionally stumble when repeating it either to myself or as a part of a post. From the mind of an OLD guy – I think 🙂 – JDA

          • JDA – I knew this comment was coming, but I agree with you. He could have simply just forgotten. But…

            He seemed very confident to put the paper down and recite the poem, perfectly, until he hit that stanza.

            But I also forget my own phone # sometimes :/

          • Allen,
            it’s not a big deal for me if fenn double check the wording o not or just had a hiccup…
            But it is interesting that words like “I have” and “I’ve” are both used and not one or the other.

            The same with If “you’ve” been wise vs. If “you are”.. why not you’re?
            Why is “there’ll vs, there will?
            Does any of it have to do with how we hear and/or listen? Do these words help with clues?

            I never understood why the poem didn’t starts; As I’ve gone alone… and be the same as, I’ve done it tired. But it seems deliberate to me.

          • Allen

            I hope you don’t mind my butting in.

            I write both songs an poems. Always have.

            When I lose track of or forget a lyric it’s from the part of the song or poem that was changed.

        • Allen,
          Have you ever heard this video where Forrest says “blaze” one of the clues?
          “I think the problem that searchers make is they don’t dwell long enough on the first clue. If you can’t find the first clue, you don’t have anything. I mean there’s people driving down the street looking for a blaze, because that’s one of the clues.”


          I think everything after “blaze” is not a clue.

          • Yes! I forgot about this one. It doesn’t confirm the blaze is the last clue, but it highlights the fact that the blaze is one of the important final clues.

          • No this video alone doesn’t confirm that “blaze” is the last clue but with the video you posted, and with all the other statements by Forrest mentioning the 1st clue and the blaze, it certainly is the last clue at a place you have to figure and the treasure is there waiting for us below the blaze. No brainer IMO.

          • @ Ken and Allen –
            I am not convinced that FF definitively stated that the blaze is a clue in the video linked above. IMO he was just playing out the scenario that searchers were starting in the middle of the poem by looking for the blaze because they thought it was a clue.

          • Suite yourself Bowmarc.
            I know what Forrest said and I’m not going to ignore it because it doesn’t fit with my solve.

          • @ Jake – I have seen and heard the video footage. FF does not use the same exuberance when he comments about the blaze in said video footage as he did when he definitively stated that the first clue is WWWH and that is why I say, IMO, that FF has not stated that the blaze is a clue. I concede that he has talked several times about the blaze, but nothing I have read/seen/heard leads me to believe that is definitively a clue.

            To me, it is in the same realm as when FF made the comment “Here is a lady who may find the treasure because she has done the math and knows exactly where it is.” Does that tell you that there are numbers involved in TTOTC and/or math, or was it more of a funny comment by FF in response to the woman telling him a funny story of how she dreamt of numbers? To me it is the latter explanation.

            Just food for thought.

          • Bowmarc,

            If the blaze wouldn’t be a clue by those ‘standards’… HoB might not be either. fenn said never mentioned hoB as a clue, only if you khew what it was, you’d go right to the chest… right?
            The same for the blaze Q&A If you can find the blaze the distance to the chest would be obvious.

            You use an e-mail of a searcher talking about her ideas, and fenn posting that.
            Well, another email claimed this was all a medical research test for dementia… fenn answered [something to the affect] When he had the first signs of dementia he wrote down were he hid the chest, but can’t remember were he place the note and would have to ask his wife Phyllis if she knew.
            By that standard… fenn should have dementia.. right?

            I would think the line; “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze…” would imply the finding of a blaze is needed as a clue. Be it a point along the way or a marker.. whatever… we are told to Look quickly down once the blaze is discovered.
            That implies a clue that get you closer.. even if the chest is buried.

          • @ Seeker: That is what is frustrating sometimes about this process, trying to decide what is and what isn’t a clue as opposed to what is and what isn’t a hint, what is and what isn’t FF poking fun at a question, questioner, comment, etc.

            To me, his response about people driving around “…looking for the blaze because that’s one of the clues…” is not as straight forward an indication by him that the blaze is a clue as his statement about WWWH being the first clue.

            Nobody has found the treasure yet, but some searchers have been within 200 feet of the treasure, but left the poem, possibly in search of a blaze they erroneously were thinking was a clue is the point of my commentary on this topic. Take the blaze out of the equation and perhaps a searcher gets closer to the treasure than 200 feet?

            Just food for thought.

            PS The dementia exchange, IMO, was one of those instances where FF was poking fun at the topic.

          • Bowmarc,

            “…looking for the blaze because that’s one of the clues…”

            For me that is as straight forward as it gets. Not unlike; “although I’m not ready to say the chest is not in water…” { Q&A about sealing the jar }

            Do we really expect fenn to always come out and add; “not under”?
            I mean, he did say “IF you can find the blaze”… the distance to the chest would be obvious. How can the blaze not be a clue when it’s mentioned in the poem… If you’ve been wise and found it?

          • “… you can find it if you can find the blaze as a result of starting with the first clue. That’s what you have to do.”

          • @ Seeker – I’m still not sold it was FF’s assertion that the blaze is a clue from that comment.

            It won’t be the first time we will have to agree to disagree on specifics. LOL

          • Standing anywhere in the Rocky’s you can spot some kind of blaze, as FF has describe several different kinds. I feel you must complete the first 3 stanzas of it, to be in the correct area of the correct blaze, if you been wise. You may be faced with more then one blaze to deal with to complete the solve. The things I write here are loose thoughts, and food for thought. When I make a comment it is in thought of sharing, and learning. For those of you so called experts that seem to get your feathers ruffled so easily, just calm down, it is only entertainment, with a chance to learn, and have new experiences.

    • Allen,

      IMO…LQD is #6…AND, I like that it is “abbreviated” liquid too?? LQD is also a bond portfolio (ETF) offered by BlackRock. Liquidity (with regards to investments): assets readily converted to cash/cache?? Big black rock next to a beaver pond…?

      My wife says I’m waaay over cooking this thing 🙂

      I’m sure she’s right.

  3. Forest Fenn said to look at the big picture and that any school child can figure it out and maybe even a redneck too, cause he said he hopes some hick who needs the money will find it. So, it’s deceptively simple but it is simple once you figure out the meaning of each clue. So, if one clue is hard to find the rest are hard to find too. But he also said to stick to the first clue till you are solid on that. At least from that point, one has considerably narrowed down the area of search. But apparently just finding the right starting point wont even tell one for sure if it is the right one. What I’m trying to figure out is, how that happened, how did some find the approximate area, without being sure they were within five hundred feet of the treasure. Unless, perhaps someone get there from a different clue.

    • Are you referring to the video where he says a child might have an advantage (paraphrasing), and “don’t ask me to explain that?” If so, my impression was that he was talking about searching outdoors, not deciphering the poem. But I could be wrong. Did he ever say a child could solve the poem itself?

  4. Seeker sense I am going to stop commenting for a while just thought id comment on wwwh – it doesn’t matter if you walk or drive you have to go to wwwh there is no other way around -wwwh – it puts you on the right road to the clues and where the tc is – its a way to get you off the road you are in – and in to the right one

  5. I believe the poem is a legal document. Have you figured out the name of the poem? That is a huge clue!!!!! and a word that is key!!! Sound familiar???

    Begin it where warm waters halt is the first clue, but not all of the first clue!!!

    The first clue is:
    Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down,

    The reason for this is because of what ff said about punctuation and since there is no comma you must take the whole statement.

    I believe the second stanza gives you 3 clues to one geographical location and not 3 different geographical locations. Remember what ff said about the first clue?.”You over simply the clues” “Look at the big picture” I Don’t think he meant look at the big picture as a map, but instead I believe this meant look at the big picture in reference to the poem. Does this all make any sense? By doing this you don’t even need a map, just a basic knowledge of geography. Sound familiar?

    Until next time I leave you with a quote:

    “If you want to go somewhere fast, go alone”
    “If you want to go somewhere far, go together”

    Okay so it is my quote from the side of my boat, but that is the way I am thinking and I guess if you can furrow my way of thinking than maybe we will find ourselves going to the same place. If you understand this than you can imagine how my quote would be a fitting end to Forrest’s poem to Peggy and tied to the treasure poem……… Can you see how it is all tied together? Use your imagination all you need is the poem. DO NOT TOUCH a map. Oops I think I just gave away a clue from the book. Good Luck in your search and stay safe!!!!

    I’m getting closer,
    just wait and see,


    • ANYOT;

      You say: “The first clue is:
      Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down,

      The reason for this is because of what ff said about punctuation and since there is no comma you must take the whole statement.”

      Then why don’t you include: “Not far, but too far to walk.”? A sentence (whole statement) does not end until you get to a period… Or did I miss something in my English class?

      You then say: “By doing this you don’t even need a map, ” Why then does Forrest say: “APRIL 2014
      Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map”.f Sorry, I will take Forrest’s word over yours – JMO – JDA

  6. You are correct. Not far, but too far to walk is left out as a clue because of the analogy that statement is subjective. I mean to an ant a pond is an ocean, so you might as well ask me how deep is a hole? You get the idea.

    Your last statement about foot pounds, cubic inches, and so on, I agree that is Not needed, you don’t even need a map, all you need is the poem. A map will help you get from your home to the resting place, but not any closure to the treasure. Just my thought. This is why a kid could figure it out. If you knew the answer of the starting place than you would know how difficult it is to solve, but once solved how simple it is.

    • Well, you just keep thinking like that – going against what Forrest says, and I will not have to worry about you being the one who might find Indulgence. Good luck though. Your “New way of thinking” sure sounds like a lot of things I have heard here over the last 34 months – all coming from people who claim that they are the one that has figured it all out, only to come home with excuses – As I said – Good luck – JMO – JDA

      • I understand your point and you very well might be right. But you have to consider the what ifs. So with my way of thinking what if the first clue is: Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down.

        Looking at it as a whole statement I get: warm waters halt is a river and canyon down would be a valley. This could mean Still Water River Valley, oh that is in Montana who’s motto is “The Treasure State.”

        But indulgence is not there, I looked


        • NWT or BDM – whichever –

          You first say that “You don’t even need a map” and then now you say: “This could mean Still Water River Valley, oh that is in Montana” – If you are not familiar with Still Water River Valley” (Which I am not familiar with) don’t you need a map? – Just sayin’ JDA

          • I have no idea what that is referring to? Was trying to relate the 4×4 comment, tried using the larger garmin gps? Then thought I wasn’t supposed to? Is that what is referred to as a map?

          • You are correct. I can’t figure out how to think differently like ff did when he had his thumb up and covered Philly, but I am trying. I believe WWWH might not even have anything to do with water, just another what if.

  7. Only nine clues, complete stanzas may be left out. Dangerous and tricky indeed. So, how are we to know? Who knows Forrest from his book? That trouble lies is that there are only nine clues. But witch nine? If you get the wrong ones they will through you far off. That’s why it’s been so tricky. That’s why nobody has figured it out yet. I believe I know. I know where indulgence lies. Waiting for me to retrieve her. Winter is upon us now,. Who will I see this spring in the hunt? Good luck to all in the chase. Sencerly Brian

  8. Jeez….I spent a little time with the above mentioned *crossword* idea last evening. The first thing I thought about was, trying to find a lead-in from TTOTC or the poem to even use this method to begin with. Without knowing or hearing from an insider that Fenn likes doing crosswords I was at a cross road right from the start. Never the less…I dug into the first sentence of the poem. I’ve got to say… my brain fried right there on the spot. I really enjoy doing difficult crossword puzzles from time to time…but I stink at conjuring one up from a poem someone else wrote.

    • Ken, I have attempted the crossword puzzle method as well, without success. I also tried something similar with Sudoku (because I thought the story about Sosuko was leading us to a puzzle of this type and also uses the number 9). I can certainly come up with a 9 letter starting point, or “key word”, but that’s as far as I get.

      • Sandy…that was a really smart idea picking out Sosuko and relating that to Sudoku. I would have never even seen that. Sudoku does use the *nine*… but again, nada for me. Is this just a clever distraction to mess with us for the winter?

        • Ken
          I think you’re right.
          A fun game of tiptoeing through the red herrings…while waiting for defrost season.

        • Ken: totally agree with your kudos to Sandy about making the Sosuko/Soduko connection. I couldn’t see Forrest’s African trader’s name without thinking of the ubiquitous newspaper (or United Hemispheres magazine!) puzzle, but I never made the 9 squares/9 clues connection Sandy did. She’s an elite puzzle-solver!

      • Sandy, what have you come up with as a 9 letter starting point, or “key
        word”? Neither/none of mine uses exactly and solely 9 letters.

    • Ken,
      I have similar problems… just getting started.
      Even without the idea of fenn enjoying crossword puzzles, we are told to study the poem because it contains clues [9]… so any method was open at the beginning of the challenge.

      Do we keep the poem in its original format / shape as it was presented to the public? If so, it seems we need to skip a line [letter in that line] here and there to have letters align up and down.
      Do we align the poem either to the right or left column? If so, why wasn’t the poem shown that way.
      Is a word that is key used in some manner?
      Do we have an option for diagonal or backwards words?
      Do we use only the line we think the clues are stack in or the whole poem?

      Simple concerns before even getting into the idea of working on it as a cross word solve. It a fun idea, but like you, getting started seems just as difficult as figuring out what WWH might be just by reading the poem.

      • I know Seeker… I melted at the first line. This morning I thought that perhaps if one were to use this method that each line from the poem would become a clue of sorts for 24 words. The problem then becomes deciding which words to use and then determine what the answer is. Finally…using an alternating…line one across, line two down. That’s when I decided to head down to my project building and paint ceilings. Nothing like some paint in the eyes to clear things up!

    • Crosswords. If say, the first clue is a geyser then you can take it (the word geyser) through the -Y- in canyon and down. And then… that’s as far as my brain can take it. Someone else take it from here.

      • What if the first clue is a waterfall? I read that water falling gets warmer
        when it reaches the bottom of its fall. Which could be during spring or
        summer also. As always, IMO.

  9. I can use the crossword thought and the message comes across- try here peel

    I also should go back and look in my stack of papers, but I had one that said go to earth and toes. I spent time on this direction after the marry the words together comment.

    The uptick to this approach is that you can take the notebook and poem in the car and work this angle in between running errands!

  10. this is the way i see it warm waters halt in every mention of it toftw a rest room toftc eyes crying bufflo steam maybe imconfused may be both books bathing, train depot
    moms cabin cant find location he knoas that tea with olga the big circle. a mystical solve no one can find he is sure of that below the brown worm burried im tkk about all capone they havent found him yet but cement may have been why.hinking long haul under ground makes it a long time to find thim i know what i know wich is nothing for sure like you id guess but i have spent a thought or two. go figure

  11. how the future has a chance when the present has no clue is beyond me im done good night to all you too bubba so why is it that i must go? if any one of us knew that we would cerntly try to out run time without a signuture. so we could also delay the enev or olev im done night all im looking for something yellow or brown i think, who knows

  12. I’m pretty new to the search and have commented only a few on discussions about “the home of Brown”, “architecture of the poem” (specially on the order of the poem), and “There’ll be no paddle up your creek”. This is my first comment on the discussion about “the 9 clues”.

    I’ve already mentioned about the order of the poem in “the architecture of the poem” discussion, that we have to rearrange the clues in the poem in the right order. If you’re interested to know how I’ve come up with the idea of rearranging the poem in the right order, please refer to one of the recent posts in there.

    Now nine clues in the poem are shown below which are arranged in the correct order as I see it. Again this is only my opinion. You don’t have to take or follow them. In the end the exact number of clues won’t matter in finding the chest, IMO, even though FF mentioned that there are 9 clues in the poem several times. The numbers in front of each line in parentheses show the stanza and the line in that stanza.

    1. (2-1) Begin it where warm waters halt
    2. (2-2) Take it in the canyon down
    3. (2-3) Not far, but too far to walk
    4. (2-4) Put in below the home of Brown
    5. (3-1) From there it’s no place for the meek
    6. (3-2) The end is ever drawing nigh
    7. (4-1) If you’ve been wise and found the blaze
    8. (4-2) Look quickly down, [your quest to cease]
    9. (6-3, 6-4) If you are brave and, in the wood, [I give you title to the gold]
    End 1: (4-3, 4-4) But tarry scant with marvel gaze, just take the chest
    End 2: (3-3, 3-4) There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high
    End 3: (6-2) Your effort will be worth the cold

    The phrases which are not needed to the solution are omitted, and the lines you can consider after you find the TC are shown as the Ends from 1 to 3. I think the stanzas 1 and 5 are the extra logistics relating to the background information about the poem and the treasure hunt. The clauses within the square brackets are explained below.

    Now I’ll try to explain how IMO those are the nine clues rearranged in the correct order.
    The first four lines are obvious and most searchers got them right, IMO; where to start the search, where to look for the place, the distance to there, and where to put in. At this point I don’t care how you get from WWWH to HOB. Some searchers drove many miles (more than 10 miles or so), and some drove only a few miles depending upon where their home of Brown is located.

    Then the next two lines are also obvious and most searchers got them right, IMO, since the description of the path from that point on to the hiding place of the TC can be hard for most people or even dangerous to especially weak people and the end is not going to be reached right away easily.

    The next two lines are where my clues deviate from most searchers. As I pointed out in other discussion about the order of the poem, I’ve interpreted (3-3) and (3-4) are the clues which should come later since they are written in future tense. The next two clues are, therefore, the next two lines in the next stanza. But the second clause of the second line says “your quest to cease”. I interpreted this as an indicator for searchers to go to the end of the poem to find the next clue since your quest is almost at the end. I think that finding the blaze is not the last step. You have to do something more to actually get the chest. And that’s why I’ve considered (6-3) and (6-4) as the last clue. Once you get that right, then FF wants to give you title of the gold he hid.

    Now you have found the TC. So, don’t spend any time looking at the TC, just take the chest and go. I think I know why he said to hurry to take the chest and go. Because (according to the clue) you have to be brave and, in the wood, to find and get the chest, but some other people (who may be in close proximity to the scene) may be suspicious if they see what you’re doing.

    Then the two lines left out in stanza 3 now become the last steps after you find the TC and return back to the home of Brown (or the put in point). Now since you have 42 lbs. on your back the return path will be also “no place for the meek”, but luckily you don’t have to paddle, just walk the steep path (“water high”). The actual walk will be doubly hard since the path is steep and you’re carrying heavy load on your back. If the path to the TC is the same as the return path to the put in point (as I interpreted that way), going down the path to the TC may not be as hard as the return path. Since we are retrieving the TC and coming back along the trail with heavy load, but FF was going down the creek with the heavy load (actually half of the load at a time) to hide it there.

    — MajinKing

    • Two trips to his car, may not be the full distance of the hidden tc. What if he took one trip from his car with a raft to the put in, and then returned to his car to get his backpack, then returned to raft at the put in. Just two very short trips to get started. Traveled by water, then exited the raft, taking a short hike with his pack to the hiding place. This would certainly make it easier on an 80 year old man. In one afternoon could be 1-4 hours. No paddle up your creek, don’t go up the creek, whether it is dry or wet.

      • Ok greg – You just added a bunch of carrying/lifting/toting a raft to the problems Forrest had. He has to drive to a parking spot – tote/carry a raft to the water’s edge (may be short or long) – tie off the raft – walk back to his car, get the loot, walk back to the raft, float the raft downstream – get out – tie it off again – hike to spot, hike back – untie raft and either carry it back upstream or paddle a raft against the current to get back to the place he put in – Wash, rinse – repeat. You sure made it a LOT harder – JMO – JDA

        • I am pretty sure Forrest only did something akin to walking between the car and the hide. This is based on the answer he gave to a person who asked him if he used any other mode of transportation other than walking. It was a response that you must derive the answer from, but the answer was there, IMO, all the same. And JDA, you continue to be my favorite “responder” with your straight to the point, no BS answers.

  13. most put ins you can get pretty close with the car, small raft 20 lbs, I have seen videos of FF at 80 and he seemed to be pretty healthy. No I don’t think he hiked 2-3 miles out over rough ground and then back. Remember no human trails are close. Every ones perspective is a bit different. To each his own.

    • You didn’t answer the question of getting back up stream twice. Why take a raft if you can hike along the shore – makes no sense to me, but, as you said, ” Every ones perspective is a bit different. To each his own.” – JDA

      • Also the poem says, “The end is ever drawing nigh.” Seems like the parking place to me. Then he says, “There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high.” – Why a raft up a “no paddle creek, heavy loads and water high”? Justr curious as to your thinkoin’ – JDA

        • JDA sorry not going to give you all of the solve. Just trying to get people to think his trip that afternoon may not have been walking the total trip to his hiding spot and completely back to his car. Two short trips to the waters edge, then a longer easy float across or down slow water, easily paddled back. Again he said, no paddle up your creek. simply meaning paddling up a creek will not get you to the tc.

          • I am 99% certain he did not take a raft. One of the quote-masters can find this, but someone asked once: (paraphrasing): did you do anything other than walk. Forrest says: if the all the evidence were known, and I said yes, you would think I was prevaricating. And if I said no, you would say I was quibbling.

            Break that down. If all the evidence was known. Ok, so let’s pretend we “know” he took the raft. But if he says yes, we sure as heck wouldn’t say he was prevaricating.

            It’s my belief, that quote lets us know that once Fenn left his car, he used no other mode of transportation. However, he may have crawled, waded, walked on his hands, rolled down a hill, but absolutely did not take a horse, trolley, raft, or other means of transportation other than by his own human volition.

            Just my opinion. There are smarter people than me here.

          • I just visualized Forrest frolicking through the forest with the TC and then rolling down a hill to hide it. My kids would be all over that if that was a necessary mode of transportation to reach the treasure.

            Rolling down hill => Must have fun while retrieving Indulgence.

            Thank you Karl, I like your points overall but loved that visual the most.

      • I never said any thing about stream, but lake, pond, or slow moving water. Just one trip across and one back to the take out/put in. I have gun hunted, bow hunted and fished, Missouri, Alabama, Canada, and Colorado, each with its own set of Challenges. I sense that water is a barrier, that’s why there is no human paths close by. Trail Heads are human paths, so you can disregard them as close by the tc.

        • OK, so we disregard the “No paddle creek – the Heavy Loads and Water high” and replace them with a lake, pond, or slow moving water – Interesting.

          Then you say, “Just one trip across and one back to the take out/put in” – but didn’t Forrest say two trips? So, are
          you saying that you are just adding a raft trip between “the END place” and the no paddle etc? – That once on the “far shore” – THEN Forrest did his two hikes? Are you adding the lake to match your solve, or did the poem lead you there? – Just askin’ JDA

  14. All FF said, was that he made 2 trips to his car that afternoon, never said both trips was all the way to the hiding place. FF said to not to take everything so literally, this means to use your imagination as if you were walking around in his shoes and his head. I learned along time ago, getting to focused will let you miss the obvious sometimes, apparently this has happened to some searchers already. So till next summer when I get to search my two possible solves. I may be not even close. I have a lot of training and experience in analyzing information. Both in written and spoken terms. I have been very successful developing these skills over the years. So FF and his poem is a good challenge for me. I enjoy the research and the twist and turns following the clues to complete the puzzle, and I don’t mean crossword puzzle. Follow the bread crumbs, but stay alert. and know anything is possible when it comes to dealing with people.

    • Hi Greg: any solution is fine, so long as you can reconcile it with this:

      “Dear Mr. Fenn, Once you hid the treasure, did you take the exact same route in reverse to return to your car? Thank you. ~ Tyler Y.”

      “Yes I did Tyler, it was the most direct route. f”

      • Hi, first post. I didn’t see the above quote related to Tyler before, but it adds to something that has peeked my interest. I think from the beginning of the trail to the chest, from WWWH, FF walked the whole way. Many of my initial solves start at WWWH, then you take a short drive because it is to far to walk, then continue on foot. I don’t think this is correct because of some of the quotes I have heard from FF. The above is one example, but also there was one quote I found from 6/20/2014. The question was, “When you hid the treasure, did you take the same path that is described in the poem, or were you able to skip some of the steps because of your familiarity with the area? Answer from FF. “The clues should be following in order Curtis. There is no other way to my knowledge.”

        What this says to me is you can’t skip the beginning as part of the trip. If your instance in one potential option for a solve, the WWWH is the Firehole river ending in the Madison. The HoB being the Nez Perces creek which is about 5 miles south. There is a parking lot at Nez Perces creek. If FF was going to hide the treasure, he could skip the trip to WWWH because he would know he could park where the HoB is located. This would seem to go against what he said about having to use the same route as the clues back to his car, and that he couldn’t take a short cut to the location because he knew where he was going.

        What this all says to me, is you walk from WWWH to the chest. There is no driving involved. What do you all think?

    • Greg, you need to read some more before going out. One trip with the chest and another one with the contents. If any other type of transportation was involved, there will be no need for two trips.

    • greg ~’ All FF said, was that he made 2 trips to his car that afternoon, never said both trips was all the way to the hiding place.’

      Well, he kinda did when he said he took the contents first then the chest on the second trip. Told us he had to make two trip because it was to heavy .. 42lb. {summarizing different comments stated over the years, but the exact comments can be found}
      Point is two trips were needed, to hide, for all the contents [ 22 troy lbs of gold and stones]… and the weight of the chest. Otherwise, how do you get it all in one place?

      • Again if you could post the video source where he said that I would appreciate it. I heard him say, he made 2 trips to his car that afternoon, because it was heavy. That would be especially true if he had a raft and the backpack with the treasure. Remember there is no human path to follow, so I doubt that he walked more then a mile with 21 lbs or 42 lbs over rough ground. I just believe he had a method other then walking into the wilderness for a great distance, and he wanted a barrier so it would not be stumbled upon by some tourist, but by some one following the clues.

        • gs,

          I totally agree with Seeker, F made two trips from his car. The first trip was with the gold and jewels, the second trip was the chest, in that exact order.

          How about using and enter “two trips” This is a very good site to do research.

          Just Say’n

          • Thanks for the suggestion, I have been to and there is a lot of reading there. Picking thru all the distorted BS. I understand very few people are going to up any part of their solve or clues. So I try to stick to the poem, maps, and direct quotes from FF, where I can hear his phraseology, off the cuff. He has been interviewed so many times many of the answers are nearly the same. He also likes to drift to different stories to keep from giving up anymore clues then what he has already done.

        • Greg,

          Normally I have some info at the ready, this one comment I don’t. However, we have chewed it up and spit it out so many time in conversations… it shouldn’t be hard to locate. Even your post is slightly off, you said you heard him stay; ‘he made 2 trips to his car that afternoon, because it was heavy.’

          Those [ to start with ] were separate comments. only later did he combine them in other comments, Q&A’s etc. He first answered he made two trips from his car, and may have added in one afternoon, then he later stated, he walked less than a few miles, then stated, which items he took first and second. Then stated, he followed the clues when he hid the chest, also said in a Q&A, there’s no other way to his knowledge [ following clues ]

          My point is; there is more than one comment or Q&A or interview involved with the process that fenn tells us he took or did… you really need to look this stuff up, because it wasn’t stated all at once. And might I add; try and find the source of each ATF… don’t take my word or anyone else. There have been some very bad misquoting done by others, and you should check it out for yourself.
          Dal has many of them on this site, Media page, Forrest speaks etc etc. At the bottom of each page there’s a list of others; Mysterious Writings has a ton of them, JCM [ also at the bottom of the page and books by searchers ] as collected the most accurate information around w/ updates [ imo ]. Tarryscant as many as well…

          Ya just have to take the time and look…

    • Read the last line of this quote: Question posted 6/9/2014:
      You said in the past that the chest is not in a dangerous place; yet searchers are searching along Cliffside’s, raging water, and other seemingly dangerous places. Could you please elaborate or qualify your statement in which you said” The chest is not in a dangerous place”
      Edward, thanks for the question.
      The treasure is not hidden in a dangerous place in the normal definition of the word, realizing that there probably is no place on this planet that is safe under all conditions. Bloggers have quoted me as saying that a child could walk up to the treasure. I don’t think that’s an accurate quote because a three year old girl would have a problem without some help. Remember, I was about 80 when I hid the chest, and had to make two trips”.f

      You say: “never said both trips was all the way to the hiding place.” Sure sounds to me like he went all the way to the hiding place. I suggest a bit more research my friend – JDA

    • Seems no one has yet mentioned this one:
      “… I made two trips from my car to the hiding place and it was done in one afternoon.f”
      Full context here:


      • Hi Joe;

        Look in the archives Joe, It has been discussed until it was blue in the face. What is there that you want to discuss?
        1) He parked his car somewhere.
        2) He had to walk to the “Hidey hole”
        3) He was 79 or 80 so path walked could not have been too hard nor too far.
        4) He made two trips in one afternoon (12:00 – maybe 6:00 PM)
        5) Man can walk 2 – 3 MPH (at 79 or 80 pick the low end???)
        6) NOT in VERY close proximity to a human trail – So, part of
        trip was off-trail.
        7) Some time at site needed to transfer goodies back into chest and then secret the chest.
        8) Took a sandwich (maybe) Took time to eat it and enjoy the view (maybe) ???
        9) Returned to car laughing, and asking himself “Did I really do that?” (or something like that.
        10) Is asked about alternate mode of travel and does not answer directly – Just confuses the issue.
        11) Says he could have just taken a bike and thrown it in the Water High.

        So, where are we? This SEEMS to be all that we know, or think that we know.

        General consensus is that the hike is between 1/2 mile and a “few” miles – probably no more than 4 – 5. but probably less than 5.

        Thar is all I have put together – What are your thoughts Joe? – JDA

        • JDA,
          My comment was relevant to this comment from the top of this thread:
          “All FF said, was that he made 2 trips to his car that afternoon, never said both trips was all the way to the hiding place.”

          Since it had not been mentioned here, I made the comment as an FYI to Greg and to rebut his comment. I’m sure many of the comments alluded to or quoted above have been discussed ad nauseum.

          One meaning of “rebut” is “to oppose by contrary proof.” Of course, “proof” in The Chase is elusive and what we all seek, but I believe F’s “two trips from my car to the hiding place” is in stark contrast and an appropriate response to Greg’s “never said both trips [were] all the way to the hiding place” – but that’s merely my opinion.


          • Joe, if we go by his statement it is true that he could have made two trips from his car to a place with an alternate mode of transportation. He could have taken the mode of transportation with him on one of the trips as well A boat, a bike? Doesn’t seem that likely but he does leave the window open for that possibility.

  15. FF clearly states only where an 80 year old would go alone, and no steep inclines. FF himself said not to search in dangerous places, like mines, tunnels or caves. I have watched hours of his different videos, be safe during the search is his basic instruction.

  16. Thanks to Jda for the audio post of FF, one for the contents and the second for the chest. But J A Kraven post where FF was asked if there was more then one mode of transportation in Hiding the treasure, he again repeated 2 trips to put it in, but hedged on whether he used some other mode then walking to hid it. The poem is to get a searcher there, that does not mean he followed the exact same route to hide it. He said, he knew for a long time where he wanted to hide it. There may be a shortcut that is differs from the poem, that he only knows about?

    • Greg ~’But J A Kraven post where FF was asked if there was more then one mode of transportation in Hiding the treasure, **he again repeated 2 trips to put it in,** but hedged on whether he used some other mode then walking to hid it.’

      “Edgar, your wording of the question prompts me to pause and wonder if I can answer it candidly, yet correctly. Were all the evidence truly known, and I answered in the positive, you might say I was prevaricating, by some definitions of the word. And if I answered in the negative, you may claim that I was quibbling. So I will stay quiet on that subject. Thanks for the question anyway. f”

      *he again repeated 2 trips to put it in,** I don’t see where he stated this in the answer. It’s not wise to add something that just isn’t there. imo

      **but hedged on whether he used some other mode then walking to hid it.’** I don’t seen an answer to the question at all… he implied; if he answered one way some would think this [or that], If he answered another way, they would think this [or that]… so he’s not answering.

      • I’ll add a thought, Greg.
        Personally, “put in” seems to mean dock or reach land. All depending on which definition someone want to use… to put a boat into water seems more like a launching.

        So, If we begin it where… the term “put in” could mean at WWH, line of thinking. Because “put in” can mean ‘Interrupt.’
        If WWH is meant as waters that are interrupted is some manner [ like a change in movement ]… the “put in” could mean hoB is very close to WWWH or Just below WWHalt or water that are interrupted in some form.

        Basically saying; no need to get into the waters that ‘halt, or “put in” at WWH you need to be below whatever hoB refers to -and- Not Far, [ after that interruption / halting of the waters ]. Take it in the canyon down might be where the waters go, but that’s too far to walk.
        fenn may only be “describing” where hoB is; at or near WWH and not far away, but the waters keep ‘going’ an that’s too far to follow. “Halt” and “Put In” may have more in common then most would like to think.

        Just food for thought….

        • Seeker, WW waters H, plural being a key. The warm waters instantly becomes cold. TIITCD, NTF, not exact, but in the area, but, put in below the hoB, 3 hints here, put it, as launch or to beach a water craft to load or unload, h not being capitalized, but B is. No doubt hoB can be argued many ways. NPFM not a dangerous place, but a place some might shy away from. EIEDN as being pulled along. If you don’t stop at the end on the left, you wont be able to paddle backup your creek. Also at the end heavy loads create, water high. This is where boots on the ground starts for me, for this is where all the given clues so far appear to lead. From this point you need to be there to verify the rest of the clues. There have been many searchers that have been wrong, and it is ok if I am wrong too. Not the end of the world as some people seem to think. The chances of finding it first time out is small, but one never knows till one tries. Then plan B, backup and do it again with what you learned the first time. It is like life, you can take it too serious or have fun with it. Some are concerned about there being smart people trying to solve this. I have learned there are all kinds of different smarts in this world. But have the right combination of smarts is what’s important. I truly hope some one finds it, so they can give FF his bracelet back he thinks so much of.

    • Darn Greg;

      Do some research before making statements that can be disproved in an instant.

      You say: “The poem is to get a searcher there, that does not mean he followed the exact same route to hide it.” This quote says the exact opposite:

      Question posted 6/20/2014:
      I have a question for Mr. Fenn:
      When you hid your treasures, did you take the same path that is described in the poem, or were you able to skip some of the steps because of your familiarity with the area?
      Thank you Curtis
      The clues should be followed in order Curtis. There is no other way to my knowlege”.f

      Please Greg. Take your pack off, do a bit of research, and THEN come up with a solve. It can NOT be done in a few days. There is no hurry. You probably have all winter – Just a bit of advice from an OLD searcher who once thought it could be solved in a few days. I am now going on 34 months. Some have worked on it for 8 years – Just sayin’ – JDA

    • Hi Greg,

      There might be a short cut (or “long” cut depending upon how you look at it) to the hiding place long time ago used by Indians, and Fenn might have used it, but I don’t think there is a short cut now. If you’re brave enough you may be able to make one yourself.

      Zaphod73491 quoted the following in his comment earlier. “Dear Mr. Fenn, Once you hid the treasure, did you take the exact same route in reverse to return to your car? Thank you. ~ Tyler Y.”

      “Yes I did Tyler, it was the most direct route. f”

      And I’d like to add the following idea, what if it was the ONLY route when FF hid his chest, and the same route is the ONLY route when he’s coming back to his car?

      Also you said that “I sense that water is a barrier, that’s why there is no human paths close by. Trail Heads are human paths, so you can disregard them as close by the tc.” But your quote is not 100% right. Fenn said “There isn’t a human trail in VERY close proximity to where I hid the treasure.” You missed the very important word “VERY”, which means that there could BE a human trail in close proximity to where Fenn hid the treasure.

      You see what I’m getting at? IMO there is a human trail close up to the hiding place of the TC, but not VERY close, which also means that humans can get to the treasure chest very close (I mean within only a few feet), but don’t know that they are so close to it. I think Fenn is very smart in hiding his chest, right under everyone’s nose.

      This is my two cents anyway.

      — MajinKing

    • A hiking shortcut wouldn’t affect a good solve.

      The last time FF parked a motor vehicle before hiding the TC where it now
      is, he may have chosen to park in a substantially different spot, compared to where he might expect someone with a perfect solve to park. All IMO.

  17. Yes he leaves the door wide open, skip, run, crawl, pulled or dragged. Did he follow the instructions in the poem to get to the hide, or is that just for searchers. Did he take a different route then the poem suggest?

    • Greg: “To answer some questions and save others from being asked, I did follow the clues in the poem when I hid the treasure chest, although I hid it before the poem was complete. (Completed?) f”

      • Thanks, I recall you saying you rewrote the poem several times to get the words just right. But I also recall you saying you knew for a longtime where you wanted to hide it. But life has showed many times over there is always more then one way to get there. I would not lose any respect for you if at 80 you had to an easier route to hide it then the directions in the Poem. This has been going on since 2009-2010 and much has been written in many sources. and hours of video. I am very grateful for the challenge, since I am living a simple life in Aguachica, Colombia. A small town with limit activities, and I am the only American living here. Both my parents are gone and we are taking care of her parents, which is important to her. The mail service is non- existent, so I can not get things by mail. The UPS depot is in Bogota and that is a 12 hour bus trip one way. So I am doing as you said, the Poem, a good map and some online search are my tools. Maybe next summer we will get to come to the states so my wife can meet my family, and take 30 days to follow the clues. It will give me a chance to show my wife the grandness of our great country. God Bless

      • by Jenny Kile · August 13, 2018
        Dear Mr. Fenn, Once you hid the treasure, did you take the exact same route in reverse to return to your car?”
        Thank you. ~ Tyler Y.

        Yes I did Tyler, it was the most direct route. f Forrest seems to agree – JDA

  18. I don’t encourage anyone to assume that the small place where FF parked a sedan last — before transporting the trove to its present hidey place — is where a searcher should park.

      • Hi Greg,

        You mentioned that NO one here has solved the poem. I’m reminding you that NOBODY EVER has solved the poem. If anybody did, the chase might have ended already, unless the searcher who has solved the poem and found the chest decided not to publish the finding in public.

        I forgot to mention one thing in my previous comment. In my current solve there is only one mode of transportation, walking, is needed from below HOB all the way to the hiding place of the chest.

        — MajinKing

        • Hi Mking, one of things in the poem is the line at the end, I give you title to the gold. Sounds to me as it will be necessary to contact ff or his trust to collect the gold. He says the key is in the box, is the title the key? He says when the finder opens the box he will laugh. Did he do that to protect ownership rights to the treasure? This would give good cause for the last stanza, and completion of the puzzle.

          • Greg,
            I believe this line may be regarded as legal jargon if the ownership of the chest was tested by the courts. There are 3 or 4 lines that could be used for legal purposes to build a case for how the chest could be vested for ownership. I do not it think applies to a trust or other financial vehicle regarding ownership or where the gold is actually secured. IMO
            Fenn said “….And if you can find the treasure chest, you can have it.” and I believe he means exactly what he says with that quote.

        • It’s optional what transportation to use in most of one’s search trip.
          I prefer to drive, substantially from the “put in” place to the thing
          that I’m treating as a “creek”. Good luck to you. All IMO.

  19. I think we tend to give the nine clues, a kind of chiseled in stone, hard facts persona. Because that kind of thinking, provides a sense of security, a sense of tangibility, some thing that we can hang on to. But, maybe the nine clues, paint a more subtle picture, something more in the realm of imagination. In TTOTC, on page 136, he quotes Millay’s poem. “Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand” He says “that’s where I’m most comfortable”. Some place lacking, a sense of security, predictability, and tangibility.

    • I like that you bring this up James. Thinking about various imaginative ways to solve this thing is not wasteful thinking. Keep at it.

      • Hi Aaron, Mr. Fenn has said , that there are subtle hints in TTOTC book, to help unlock the clues in the poem. But, I’ve never read or heard him say, that the subtle hints were actually, descriptive of the nine clues as they appear in the poem. I think most of us have read the book, looking for references to warm waters, homes of Brown, ect. and maybe there aren’t any. IMO

        • We do not know how subtle the hints are. Along the same lines we do not know how far is too far, how close is close priximaty, or how deep a hole is.

          • Hi Aaron, I’m thinking that the subtle hints may just be a word, here or there in the stories, that doesn’t seem to have any relation to the clues in the poem at all. Words that we just read over and past, that when first read, don’t cause a second thought.

          • He did say look for things that catch in your mind, paraphrasing. There are many things that catch in my mind when reading the book.

    • James, FF has lived a lot of his life out on the edge, as have I. Those who have lived that way don’t find much life in 100% security. We need a challenge something to look forward to wind our rubber band, for the next exciting thing to come along. Sometimes we find it necessary to go as far to create something exciting, if we are not being challenged in away that stimulates us. As FF would say it makes us weird to some people. We like the KIS principle, but we want to make it real.

    • Neal W,
      That looks like the currency symbol for the E.U.
      Not sure how that would have anything to do with the poem.
      I don’t rule anything out at this point.
      Safe hunting.

    • Is there any place that symbol SHOULD have been?
      I saw a different symbol in rocks, but it probably wasn’t “laid out” by people.
      It was pretty big, and within about 1/2 mile of my specific (fine-tooth-comb)
      search place. Made me think of pineapple pizza. All IMO.

  20. This may be a bit of a stretch, but the semicolon at the end of “the end is ever drawing nigh;” has always stood out to me. Then I looked at the first stanza, the last line ” hint of treasures new and old.” gave me the idea of grouping the clues into 2. One group with each clue ending in a comma, and the other group clues ending with a period.(and one question mark) Since “the end is ever drawing nigh;” has the semicolon (a period AND comma) it is put in both groups. I think the key is to choose the right group. So the 9 clues would look as such:
    (Group1) 1. Begin it where warm waters halt, and take it in the canyon down,
    2. From there it’s no place for the meek,
    3. The end is ever drawing nigh;
    4. There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
    5. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
    6. Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
    7. But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
    8. The answers I already know,
    9. So hear me all and listen good,

    (Group 2) 1. Not far, but too far to walk.
    2. Put in below the home of brown.
    3. The end is ever drawing nigh;
    4. Just heavy loads and water high.
    5. Just take the chest and go in peace.
    6. So why is it that I must go and leave my trove for all to seek?
    7. I’ve done it, tired and now i’m weak.
    8. Your effort will be worth the cold.
    9 If you are brave and in the wood I give you title to the gold.

    As I believe all the clues describe actual locations, I think the key is to choose the right group and follow in the order of Group 1 or Group 2. Sort of like “choose your own adventure” books I guess. So not only do you have to solve all the clues, You have to find the right order. Architecture indeed! Could be nothing though. Just another way to look at this brilliant poem.

    • I like it, but everyone would choose “group 1” because ff says the first clue is wwwh.

      maybe it is both, one is a general solve, other is a specific solve.

    • Craig.
      i dont think its a matter of choosing the right group. one group leads to the treasure and the other to the chest.


      • maybe yes maybe no .Possibly the Golden goodys are in the Daniel Boone Museum in Georgia. I was born in the Woods in Athens so what do I know. imo

    • Hi Craig, I had the idea of putting the things in the poem that were tangible in one group, and the things that were subjective in another group, and see if anything stood out. Deciding which things are subjective, is also subjective, but maybe it would spark an idea?

  21. What I think the 9 clues are:

    1. wwwh
    2, NFBTFTW
    3. PIBTHOB
    4. NPFTM
    6. TEIEDN
    8. Blaze
    9. In the wood.

    No separate groups, just 9 separate clues.

    Just Say’n

    • Good List Charlie. I see it a bit differently though:

      1. Biwwwh, Atiitcd, Nfbtftw.
      2. PibthoB
      3. Ftinpftm, Teiedn
      4. Tbnpuyc, Jhlawh
      5. Iybwaftb, Lqdyqtc, Btswmg, Jttcagip.
      6. Swiitimg, Almtfats?
      7. Taiak, Iditaniw
      8. Shmaalg, Yewbwtc.
      9. Iybbaitw, Igytttg.

      Stanza #1 is a prelude.

      Just how I see it – JDA

      • JDA,
        Pretty much how I see it except that stanza 1 is necessary to figure out the starting point so calling it a prelude might not be giving it it’s proper weight. Maybe just a semantic quibble.

        Also I think you won’t be able to say for sure how to split things up after #5 until you’re BOTG in the correct area. To me almost every line seems like a separate idea and I’m hoping that whatever they refer to will be physically grouped together if I find them. The physical groupings would then determine how I’d parse them into clues. But what you have listed seems like the best assumption until more is known.

        • Thanks JW;

          I happen to believe that it is the words “In the wood” that are the key to finding the correct wwwh, and NOT stanza #1.

          “As I have gone alone in there…” tells us a couple of things:
          1) The TC (Indulgence) is “IN” some place – a place that we do not yet know, but this prepares us for what KIND of place to look for once we get there.
          2) The place is small, only one person can fit at a time.

          “And with my treasures bold…”
          1) What are treasures? The contents of the bronze box? Memories? The out-of-doors, the mountains, the creeks, the forests?

          “I can keep my secret where…”
          1) Only Forrest knows where Indulgence is secreted, it is up to us to figure out where this “secret” place is.

          “And hint of riches new and old.”
          1) Be on the look-out for hints (from Forrest) as to how to solve the riddles of the poem.
          2) Some of these hints have been around for a while, others will be new. Some hints involve the past – maybe even the ancient past – Others relate to our present time.

          Keep in mind all of the above, as you “Begin it…” JMO – JDA

    • I’ll play. Clues:
      1. line 5, wwwh
      2. line 6, canyon
      3. line 9, object
      4. line 13, landscape, the blaze, found with ‘marvel gaze”
      5. line 16, object
      6. line 17, direction
      7. line 20, distance
      8. line 22, the spot, coordinates
      9. line24, time, distance, direction, goes with the key, the chest
      key. line 9, from right to left
      key word. line 17, is the distance the ‘key” figures out to.
      Clue lines per stanza plus key line=
      0, 5&6, 9, 13&16, 17&20, 22&24 = 0,2,9,29,37,46= 0,2,9,2,1,1 plus key line 9, Altogether is book of days: 29220. The amount of days in 80 years.
      When you add clues vertically, you get 2442, or 66, or FF. Same number from the coordinates, 2442.
      Just 9 separate clues and a key that stand for something and add to the story, with his signature. 🙂

  22. Forrest had a lot of second chances over the years.

    1) at his job at the cafe
    2) at the art gallery with the color advertisements
    3) shot down twice in the Air Force

    Sometimes it seems like he is giving us a second chance with the clues.

    Any thoughts?

  23. I still believe the nine clues are the nine different sentences, otherwise we have a heck of a lot more than nine. My opinion of course.

  24. I also believe we only need the first two clues (sentences) to solve the poem. The statement that Forrest made about the girl in India applies to all of us. He gave us seven extra clues knowing that we can’t start our journey from the top of a mountain, we have to put in below the home of Brown. That would have been to far to walk. IMO.

    • Hi Louie,
      I think even though there are nine clues, there are only three locations we have to identify to find the chest.
      — MK

  25. Before you even start to formulate a solve, think of the Chase from a logistics point of view. You are looking for a 10” x 10” x 5” metal box hidden in an area as large and wild as the Rocky Mountains. How the heck are you gonna do that? Really. Whatever your strategy, you had better know exactly where you are going or this is just a walk in the woods.

  26. My Thanks To Forrest F. Well sense he won’t tell me what the HOB is so I can
    go right to it. Thanks for helping parents get there kids off the video games and
    cell phones to see natures art. You are rare.
    I feel it is time for my chase to end but may 10 little fenns take my place.
    What you did is good. You won’t see Sony or AT&T giving some parents an out,

    Well that’s what I think about your chase.
    I never meet you or talked to you but learned something of you.
    Ending my chase with a thanks Forrest.
    On Dal’s site I guess….

  27. I’m musing a bit more this morning about this quote from a Mysterious Writings Q&A (7/2/2014):

    “I regret that I use the word I too much when I write. I could fix my sentences if I’d just take the time to do it but I tell myself that no one will read what I say anyway so why should I worry about it.f”

    I think that this is a clever and humorous sentence by itself, but going back to the poem we can see that Forrest uses the word “I” quite a bit; six times in total: twice in the first stanza, thrice in the fifth stanza (if you count “I’ve”), and once more in the sixth stanza.

    In a roundabout way of thinking based on the quote above, could this imply that Forrest spent a greater amount of time and attention on crafting the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th stanzas than the others? If so, could this imply that the nine clues are all contained within these three stanzas?

    I’m not entirely convinced of this myself, but yet another thing to ponder over.

      • I got tired of vacillating on where the clues lie, and just 3 days ago made a short & sweet review of punctuation and parts of speech. Executive-like, required to decide even though the best available information is incomplete, the nine clues for me are as follows:

        1. Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down,
        2. Not far, but too far to walk.
        3. Put in below the home of Brown.
        4. From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is ever drawing nigh;
        5. There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high.
        6. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
        7. Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
        8. But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
        9. Just take the chest and go in peace.

        This was mainly just a way to feel I accomplished something, and is subject to change. It made perfect sense the other day, but reviewing it now I see some inconsistencies in the logic I was attempting to use as a constraint. But it’s interesting my logic at the time contained all clues within the stanzas you mention.

        • I think there are 9 clues that lead to the treasure like a road map. Problem is that you need BOTG to get past the second clue. Something at that clue will tell you he has been there, many times. Now, completely explore the place and make it known like your backyard. Then you have to unravel all that was learned in conjunction with the book hints, flavor with some imagination and the poem morphs to reveal its final form. He said in the end, the clues come faster. So there must be much along the way to “embellish” the hints so they seem like clues. Every word is a hint and every clue an experience!

          • My clues are a bit different:
            Begin it where warm waters halt- specific location
            take it in the canyon down- specific canyon
            Not far, but too far to walk- must drive
            Put in below the home of Brown- specific location
            There’ll be no paddle up your creek- creek very close to HOB
            heavy loads and water high- ?
            the blaze-?
            worth the cold- must get into water/cross creek or river or both….FF hid the TC in June. The only logical cold in June is cold water.
            in the wood- hidden under wood or logs.

            To me, the other things are just good hints.

            As with other solutions, the above clues fit into probably thousands of canyons in the Rocky Mountains and may be incorrect. But they fit our solve and they are enough for us to go on.
            Having faith in a solution is the 99.9% motivation to making the move for BOTG.
            Hope this helps. Good luck and stay safe.

      • Lisa – Yes, “worth the cold” and “in the wood” are the two pieces in the last stanza that I’ve never felt comfortable in ruling out as possible clues! But maybe they aren’t! But maybe they are!

    • 1st stanza – 1st person
      I have gone, I can keep . . . and hint

      2nd stanza – 2nd person
      (you) begin it . . . and take it, (you) put in

      3rd stanza – 3rd person
      it’s (it is), the end is drawing, there’ll be (there will be)

      4th stanza – 2nd person
      you’ve been wise . . . and (you’ve) found, (you) look down, (you) tarry scant, (you) take . . . and go

      5th stanza – 1st person
      [why is it] I must go . . . and leave, I know, I’ve done, I’m (I am)

      6th stanza – all three, 1st 2nd and 3rd person
      (you) hear . . . and (you) listen
      effort will be
      you’ve been
      I give

      So “archi*text*urally” (to coin a word)-

      1st person
      2nd person
      3rd person
      2nd person
      1st person
      all three

      The imperatives (“you understood” as the subject of the verbs) are commands or directions, so naturally look like clues that can be “followed precisely”, especially in stanzas 2 and 4.

      The 3rd person in stanza 3 is used to provide what sure looks like a description.

      The final two lines of stanza 6 are The Contract (if/then):
      1 – the conditions to be fulfilled – if *you* are brave and in the wood
      2 – the compensation or reward – then *I* give you the gold

      I agree with you, Blex, that “in the wood” seems like it has to have some value at least in describing where you are and/or what you’ve done.


      • Hi Jake,

        Nice write-up. That’s a great way to tackle the poem, I think. A little logic goes a loooong ways (IMO).

        Regarding the 3rd Stanza. I get a little more movement out of those words than a third person classification might suggest (IMO).

        By the way…I really like your newly coined phrase “archi*text*urally”, good one!

        Good luck to you,

        • *** *** *** ***
          SRW observed – “Regarding the 3rd Stanza. I get a little more movement out of those words than a third person classification might suggest.”
          *** *** *** ***

          The 3rd person classification is strictly grammatical – all the subject/verb combos in the stanza are 3rd person.

          I do get what you’re saying about movement therein, but to me it seems more like that of a panning camera observing the scene.

          Kate had a great observation recently about the string of adages in that 3rd stanza, and the odd “marking time” feel they imparted.

          I knew exactly what she meant as soon as I read her post, though I’d never before put my finger on it as neatly as she did.

          Almost like

          “A rolling stone gathers no moss,
          A watched pot never boils;
          He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother,
          The check is in the mail.”


          • Jake,

            I do see how Stanza 3 reads like a description. I think it reads like a description because it is a description (IMO).

            But I think there is more to it than that.

            I believe that Stanza 3 nudges the searcher forward, in a meaningful way, assuming that a searcher has correctly solved the previous clue(s) and has arrived at the correct place (IMO).


          • Hey Jake, Kate, OS2, Lisa, E.C. anyone else who might be interested-

            ” If you are in the right spot something you probably haven’t thought about should be obvious to you.” Rumor has it this phrase is what was recently deciphered and made public from Jenny’s book.

            ” Talk about the one good clue searchers could think of themselves, but haven’t. ” This is a comment that F gave to Jason over on MW.

            So….I was thinking about Kate’s comment re: idioms, cliches etc and follow up comments from others including you.

            When we see the BLAZE, or are close to it, will a common idiom come to mind? Such as….”It’s hotter than BLUE BLAZES” or somesuch? When looking at one particular “Big Picture” I can think of several “spots” that particular phrase might apply to.

            Just musing….

          • Sandy – And that Treasure Island Map that RLS drew, with the legend in the corner, surrounded by two mermaids. The distance was “3 Englifh Miles”. Those stretched S letters look like an f.

            Maybe it was 3 miles to Baker’s Hole from Forrest’s house on Boundary on his bike to go swimming?

            Now I’m hearing Long John Silvers saying, “Shiver me timbers!”


      • J A Kraven, here’s a different take on the stanza’s. Imo, some words in just the 2nd and 3rd stanza’s have more than double entendre. In the 2nd stanza I count 20 different meanings. 3rd stanza – 23 different meanings, and they all fit perfectly. That’s as far as I’m going with this.

      • J A Kraven
        3rd stanza “up YOUR creek”
        I would change this stanza to 2nd person seeing it’s about you.

        5th stanza “for ALL to seek”
        I see this stanza about Fenn and us.

        Stanza 6 is all about Fenn and us.

        I would eliminate the 3rd person label altogether in the poem because we know who wrote the poem. Some of us here did this similar study a couple/few years back and it does stick out as stanzas 2, 3 and 4 seem to be all about YOU.

  28. I learned different ways to see things from my failed solve. IMO.. And take it in the
    canyon down not far but too far to walk.. is one line and one clue. So walk a trail that
    goes down to a canyon that is to far because you only go a little ways and never to
    the canyon as on a map. I just saw the one guys scam article. IMO terry scant with marvel gaze means. when you find the chest before you haul out of there .
    stop and remember him and his place.
    See things put in stories that are really at the spot. And take off.
    My solve had differences. Like my blaze is just the first white thing you see leaving
    waters high. Down hill to my right. Just the first white thing but happened to be the spot
    too. There was no finding a blaze and digging under it at all. the poem didn’t end there
    but you are at the spot. Mine it is between two objects. hear and listen as example.
    And possibly in the water or just the woods. flashlight good idea as sun my be
    in clouds. sandwich for grizzly. or four cans of bear spray better idea. the home of
    brown is up in the mountain dens. they just come down to the area.
    So some lines are together and it goes to the end of the poem for me. 16 lines 9 clues.
    I can not even put that together only just follow the poem. And two big things are.
    After BOTG you may be wondering where you went wrong. And you need to be prepared
    for extreme danger. I had thought it is where Donnie and Forrest had the time of there
    life or almost lost their lives. I really thought that but I see its not true but you really
    need to be prepared. And only search in good weather time of the year. my failed solve
    is several feet under snow and more to come for now..
    I am no longer searching. I still find people searching interesting.
    The obsession of wanting to solve it is gone for me.
    The commercialization is taking place. Hopefully no more deaths happen.
    There is a high chance to me it is still there. But may be a few more years yet.
    Good Luck.

  29. Forget the poem for just a minute! You need a viable strategy for finding an itsy bitsy teenie weenie 10” x 10” x 5” box hidden off-trail (or possibly even buried) in an area as vast and wild as the Rocky Mountains. You are searching for a needle in the proverbial haystack. This is a perplexing logistics problem in spite of the poem, IMHO. OK, Whadayagot? Howyagonnafindit?

      • He should have worded it “don’t go where I couldn’t go when I was 80 years old”.
        I know a bunch of 80 year olds that are in better shape than me 20+ years their junior.

        • You missed the point. This has nothing to do with age. This is about understanding what you will need to find the treasure, what information the poem must possess.

          • The bottom line is he said he was 79 or 80 years old when he hid the treasure.
            You are missing the point. THE POEM.
            Without the poem, you are fizzling out and got nothing.

          • I’ve always been unclear about knowing, you could ask yourself is that when you actually have it in your hands or when you know in your mind we’re it is.
            Then the question is what is knowing and how do you prove that knowledge since knowing is considered knowledge. Maybe knowledge is formed from imagination created from knowledge hence making them the same thing.
            Maybe learning how Mr. Fenns imagination works is just as important as his knowledge and the combination is one big giant beautiful painting that some day maybe, maybe everyone to see clearly.
            I hope that before time starts it’s next cycle I get the chance to experience more of it.
            What a ride.
            Ok I got carried away. Sometimes I just get out of control.

      • Can you imagine all Fenn treasure hunters showing up in droves in the Rockies this spring clad in yellow polka dot bikinis? Haha. Yep that could work. It’s just not for me. But hey, looks good on you huh?

      • http://www.americana – Ditto. Except I am going to be paddling a “brave and in the wood” canoe, like a Shoshone Indian in the Lewis and Clark party, fighting against the “heavy loads” on my fly fishing line, and working my canoe to get across the “water high” of the late Spring runoff. “There’ll be no paddle up your creek” applies, because I couldn’t see any feeding into what used to be Brown’s Hole. And there aren’t any Beaver dams diverting those meandering Double Omega curves, either. I’ll get out to take a phone pic, load the bronze chest into the canoe, then I will “go in peace” as Forrest suggested in the Poem. Aho.

        He was right in that Santa Fe Interview. Google Earth doesn’t take you down far enough.

    • Your age is showing (but I don’t think you ever wanted to hide it. Your
      age, that is).

      Do you ever worry about offending someone when you say “box”?

      I occasionally associate the word “tornado” with “twister”.

      After all the urging, I do THINK. For example, I think I’ll visit a place
      where I have time to think and read some names.

      As always, IMO.

  30. So I’ve got my 9 clues but some time ago I stumbled onto a few hints that inspired me to rearrange my last two clues. A slight adjustment if you will.

    Because of this, I’ve spent the last few weeks looking for additional hints that might assist with those last few clues (clues 8 and 9).

    I must admit, those hints have been much harder to come by than some of the earlier clue hints. (IMO).

    Is it just me, or has Forrest been more elusive about dishing out hints for those last couple of clues, specifically clue 9. I’ve found two hints that may reference to clue 9 and that’s it (IMO).

    Question for everybody: I’m wondering if other searchers, who are at this point in their own solves (working clues 8 and 9), are you experiencing the same thing? A reduced amount of information and/or hints to work with in regards to those last two clues?

    Just curious.

    All IMO.

  31. Woods by the masonic graveyard in Colorado…

    Begin it where the warm waters halt- This is the Indian hot Springs in Idaho Springs Colorado.,_Colorado “Local legend is that the name of the city derived from annual visits to the radium hot springs made by a Native American chief and his tribe who journeyed there each year from Idaho to bathe in the magic healing waters.” Here the word “halt”has a double meaning as in halting a disease (such as cancer)- curing or healing.

    And take it in the Canyon Down- You literally go down into the canyon- (clear creek canyon) into the Argo tunnel, which runs from Idaho Springs to Northwest Central City.

    Not far, but too far to walk- Although you aren’t going far, the tunnel is closed and not open for people to go inside- you can’t walk in it.

    Put in below the home of Brown- the tunnel is literally below (underneath) the home of Clara Brown, who was “was a former slave from Virginia who became a community leader, philanthropist and aided settlement of former slaves during the time of Colorado’s Gold Rush,” and made her home in Central City

    From there it is no place for the meek- The tunnel is extremely dangerous if you were to walk through it. “The tunnel operated until January 1943, when miners working on the Kansas Lode near Nevadaville blasted into a water-filled mine working, and a large slug of water flooded out the tunnel entrance, killing the four miners.[4] Shortly after the accident, the federal government ordered all gold mines in the US to shut down”

    The end is ever drawing nigh- If you traversed the tunnel, you would get closer to the end; Go someplace near the end of the tunnel.

    There’ll be no paddle up your creek- You can’t paddle up the tunnel

    Just heavy loads and water high- The high water is a result of the water draining through the tunnel. Here, loads refers also to “lodes” the gold and minerals mined in the many gold mines connected by the tunnel.

    If you’ve been wise and found the blaze- refers to the masonic cemetery in Central City, south of the end of the tunnel. The word wise is chosen because of the masonic saying “A wise man hears one word and understands two.” ( The “blaze” refers to the Blazing Star, an important masonic symbol ( which can be found on some of the graves in the cemetery.

    Look quickly down, your quest to cease- If you are standing in a cemetery and look down, you see not only the end of your immediate quest for the treasure, but also the end of your metaphoric quest of life.

    But tarry scant with marvel gaze- Blaze that turns icy grave warm… T? not sure…

    Just take the chest and go in peace- Rest in Peace.

    • Doug, hate to disappoint you but I have done just about all you said years back. My clue solves were potently the same and have even search some places along Clear Creek, one had a outcrop of a owl face. There is a couple key points you are missing for both Idaho Springs and Central City that are chase related. Guess if you have this info you can maybe figure out what they are.

      Not sure if you have actually searched either area or you are just writing your armchair findings. If you have done some research on blogs you know there have been a few others also in both areas that had also posted their solves in the past.

      Good luck,

  32. For those that think you have to do something where the clues are or references to something at the places or we are missing something.

    1. Begin it where warm waters halt – Fenn tells us where to start and yes, you will have to go into the water to verify. “Your effort will be worth the cold”.

    2. And take it in the canyon down – Fenn gives us direction where to go from where you began.

    Not far, but too far to walk – It’s about what you shouldn’t do and that is walk.

    3. Put in below the home of Brown – When you’re at the bottom of the canyon Fenn tells us we should put in below his HOB. Just put in and no direction where to go in this clue and not necessary which way because once you put in, you will be taken by the flow of the water in it’s only direction. (in your mind)

    4. From there it’s no place for the meek – From where you put in you will be heading to an end point or a boarder where you are going through “no place for the meek” to where it ends.

    5. The end is ever drawing nigh – From the end point of “no place for the meek” there is another place that is near where you have to draw out of the river and follow the directions of nigh.

    6. There’ll be no paddle up your creek – Fenn is telling you to go up this creek, it’s your creek.

    7. Just heavy loads and water high – Fenn is telling us there are heavy loads and water high up your creek.

    8. If you’ve been wise – been wise

    9. And found the blaze – the blaze

    • And of course, that is your interpretation of the poem Jake, and not fact – but thanks for letting us know what you think the correct solve is – 🙂 JDA
      P.S. Mine (of course) differs in a number of places – 🙂

      • JDA,
        Above you said this: ” “The end is ever drawing nigh.” Seems like the parking place to me.”

        What makes you think this is a parking place and how do you reconcile this?
        I don’t see anything in this line of the poem that would indicate anything like this. Care to share or just be a bear.

        • Hi Jake;

          I am traveling down a road – yes, I am driving. I have just left my Meek area. The next line of the poem is “The END is EVER drawing nigh.” I cross a number of boundaries (EVER = more than one) – I run out of road the END has arrived.

          Physical reality matches the poem. No, I am not force-fitting the poem to match my area. The words of the poem led me to this END place. Road ends, gotta park – Simple – JDA

          • You are traveling down a road driving (from WWWH) down a canyon, so I have to assume that your “put in” spot below HOB is a turn on the road after going canyon down and then continuing along this road where you turned in (put in) along the meek area.

            You drive through the meek area until the next line in the poem is “The END is EVER drawing nigh.” which happens to be the end of the road and a parking spot.
            Did you ever think that may be one of those boundaries you crossed may be the end?

            Hey, It seems pretty doable and I don’t see any wacky stuff going on here with this part of your solve. The only problem I see is “From there (HOB) it’s no place for the meek” seems to have a way point which you have not mentioned.

          • Jake;

            You only asked about my END parking place. I saw no need to talk about every line of the poem. You have it pretty correct when you said “You are traveling down a road driving (from WWWH) down a canyon, so I have to assume that your “put in” spot below HOB is a turn on the road after going canyon down and then continuing along this road where you turned in (put in) along the meek area..

            You then ask: “Did you ever think that may be one of those boundaries you crossed may be the end?” Nothing at these boundaries that would indicate an “END” – so no, I never gave it much thought.
            You then state, ” The only problem I see is “From there (HOB) it’s no place for the meek” seems to have a way point which you have not mentioned.”

            Not asked – not mentioned. After my “Put in place” (change of direction while driving) I pass through a definite “No place for the meek” area – found between a couple of my boundaries. JDA

          • Well JDA,
            I figured you would elaborate more on the 9 clues seeing that is what this page is about.

            Anyway, I think your interpretations of these few clues seem to be in line with the poem without crossing the line of over complication of the situation for the stipulation that leads to capitulation satisfication where we get jubilation. I don’t know what that means but it sounded good.

            The snow is melting fast. When you gonna get there again and let us know about you next vacation?

          • The short answer to your last question is “I do not know”. I am dependent on my search team – It is up to their schedules, health availability, etc. Time will tell 🙂 JDA

          • I liked you little— whatever it was – Thanks for the compliment – 🙂 JDA

    • Hi Jake,
      You haven’t mention anything about HOB. Also I see one problem with the order of the clues. How come the clues 6 and 7 comes before the clues 8 and 9? I can see that the clues 6 and 7 is written in future tense while the clues 8 and 9 is written in present perfect tense. It doesn’t make sense in light of Fenn’s saying that the clues should be interpreted in consecutive order. They are consecutive as to the position in the poem, but they are not consecutive in terms of time. You see what I’m getting at?
      — MK

      • You obviously didn’t read what I wrote MK.
        I mentioned HOB.
        The clues are in consecutive, contiguous order.

        You say: “clues 8 and 9 is written in present perfect tense.”
        Are you reading the same poem?
        “been” past tense.
        “Found” past tense.

        Side note: the only thing that is perfect about Fenn’s poem is we are all here still talking about what we think we know about it.

        You said you didn’t spend any money but I believe you did already go on a trip.

    • Wait What?

      # 1 I’m at the sign that says; “you are here” and do what? Go in the water?
      # 2 in a direction , but don’t walk… ok, so I’m in the water apparently, because # 1 says I have to go in the water… to verify I’m cold? I don’t know why I have to be cold.. it’s a nice sunny day [well in my mind].
      # 3 has me going into the water again? When did I get OUT of the water to put back into the water to let it take me down stream? *in my mind*?? Hold on.. wait a sec. stop the train… am I in the friggin water or not???
      # 4 ‘from where I put in’ I go through the no meek’s place.. So I must still be in the water, I think… Am I in a boat? wearing flippers? Taking a tire tube down the lazier river? Is there a water craft rental place near by or did I lug something with me. Dang I need more “planning” than I thought.
      # 5 OK, I’m still in the river [water] [ still not know when I actually do that [ #1 or # 2 or #3 ] and drifting to the end, apparently. Where’s little Billy and Sally and the wife with the other kids at this point? or I’m I alone ‘in there’?
      # 6 The river ride has an auto stop, and I get out and go up a tributary of the river I just floated down. Ah! dry land finally.
      # 7 I’m at HLnWH… how far did I go from the lazy river, up Seeker’s to get loaded?
      # 8 “if you’ve been wise.” OK truthfully, I’m dumbfounded because I don’t know how long I was in a river, where I get into a river, how far I travel to the end of a river, or Why Bother to get in, IF I know there’s a border I have to be at in the first place that My creek is at… at that border or end… from the maps I married the clue too.

      # 9 I somehow have been wise and find the blaze. Now what?
      ~I’m alone, the kids and wife are at WWsH waiting in the truck, and I have to take half the weight and travel the same route back??? Um, and I’m doing this whole route ‘twice’… does this lazy river ride come with a motor boat to bring me back UP the river?

      Just one question: Why can’t Billy come and carry the other half of the load so I don’t have to rinse and repeat?
      Dang kids are so lazy in this day and age. It his mothers fault… she babies them too much. Buys them Idiot phones, play-station, Xbox, I pads, lap tops, some WEEE thing…
      Sorry, I digress… Good right up!

      • Well, since you put it that way – I don’t think I wanna play anymore 🙂

        Loved it – Thanks for your humor – 🙂 🙂 JDA

      • Why can’t he, when you can surely do anything when you put your mind to it.
        Maybe it’s just about the game.
        Times ticking as it does.
        As a gladiator once said. But not yet.

  33. Speaking of the 9 clues, has anyone seen this yet? Someone sent me this link on facebook. Very strange to say the least. My friend says he thinks it has something to do with figuring out what the 9 clues are. I can’t make head nor tails of it myself. This Yon Povi’ lady seems really strange. I haven’t been on the facebook groups so I don’t know if this has been going around but it’s bizarre.

  34. speaking of considering the “what if’s”, what if the 9 clues were actually “impossible” to devise from the poem and book (and a good map more recently)?

    just as a “what if”?

    let us consider if it were impossible, what would that situation look like?
    what would a known and very good “salesmen” say if they found themselves in that situation (or started to suspect that was the case). how would the ATFs look as time went on?

    it is difficult but not impossible seems like a reasonable statement, but in our “what if”, I think that it is also reasonable that a good salesmen would also say it in the “what if” situation.

    just in case searchers did not have enough anxiety, I thought I would throw that one out there 🙂

    after all it is a possibility in a long list of “what if’s”.

  35. Did Forrest actually say that each of the nine clues refers to a different geographical location? If so, can someone please direct me to where he said this.

      • Thanks 42.
        The reason I ask is because I keep seeing posts from people who claim Forrest said each of the 9 clues is associated with a different geographical location. I’d like to know if Forrest really said this.

        • MM, regarding your question, “did Forrest actually say each of the nine clues is associated with different geographical locations?”

          No. If he had said that, the statement would be included here on Dal’s blog in the important information of what Forrest has released in public forums.

          • Okay, I stand corrected, big time.

            Please read Double A’s comment with a direct quote from ff regarding the geographical location of each clue.

      • This comment seems to suggest that he did.

        I don’t know how Toponymy can help you at all Chris (I had to look that word up). But if you knew the geographic location of each clue it would be a map to the treasure. F

    • “I would advise new searchers to look for the clues in my poem and try to marry them to a place on a map.” Forrest Fenn quote from Mysterious Writings Six Questions with Forrest Fenn Feb 4th, 2017.


  36. MM and aa,
    It stands to reason that every distinct clue location would have a corresponding geographic location. Yet, IMHO not every clue is presented using geographical references which adds to the difficulty in understanding the poem. It always comes down to having the correct WWWH because after that initial success, a “canyon” needs no distinct name, neither does a creek, etc.

  37. Thanks all. It sounds like each clue is a different geographic location. My next question is did Forrest ever say that each clue gets you physically closer to the chest? I know some searchers have assumed this.

  38. I had an interesting idea on how to identify the nine clues. What if you use the punctuation of the first stanza as a pattern to identify the clues? So the pattern would be no punctuation, comma, comma, period. If you use that pattern, you do get nine clues, which looks as such:
    1. Begin it WWWH
    2. And take it in the canyon down,
    3. Not far,
    4. But too far to walk.
    And then quite a bit of the poem is skipped until you get to the next no punctuation line:
    5. So why is it that I must go
    6. The answer I already know,
    7. I’ve done it tired,
    8. And now I’m weak.
    9. If you are brave and in the wood
    I remember Forest saying he made deliberate punctuation errors in some of his books just to see if anyone noticed.

    • Hi NoName6: a good theory, except that Forrest seems to have dashed it on the Hint of Riches (THOR) forum last year (8/14/2018):

      “Fenn clarifies – as discussed in chat – Does the semi-colon have specific meaning for the correct solve? If so, what?”
      Forrest: “No. f”
      “Does punctuation have significance in solving the poem? If so, what?”
      Forrest: “No. f”

      • Hey zaphod, thanks for commenting. I didn’t know Forrest said that. He did make some punctuation errors in the poem though. Whether they were on purpose or not, I don’t know. For instance, there should be a comma after “From there.” Also, there should be a period after “meek” because that is a complete sentence. As is the next line. There should be a period after nigh. And why would he use a semicolon? They are so rarely used. The most common place you see them is in dictionaries. Another oddity I noticed was how the WWWH line and the NFBTFTW lines kind of relate. Warm can mean not far. And an archaic definition of halt is to walk with a limp or be lame. (Too far to walk)

      • Hi again NN6: I wouldn’t say there are any punctuation “errors” in the poem. Punctuation isn’t quite like spelling or grammar — the “rules” are loose. In your example of a missing comma after “From there,” I’d probably use one, but I wouldn’t say it’s required since its absence neither alters the meaning of the sentence, nor adds clarification. And while “From there it’s not place for the meek” is indeed a complete sentence, if it’s not a complete thought then some meaning could be lost or de-emphasized by ending the sentence there. He chose to run that line together with the next. Indeed, the whole stanza as presented may be intended to emphasize the connectivity of all four lines.

        “And why would he use a semicolon? They are so rarely used. The most common place you see them is in dictionaries.”

        I actually use semicolons all the time; however, I have found that many do not — probably because they don’t know how to use them appropriately. 😉

        The most important factor to keep in mind is that this is a poem. There are no punctuation rules for poems, and that may be one reason Forrest chose to deliver his clues using one: freedom from the stuffy rules of prose.

  39. Hi, There was one comment by FF that I think could be important to interpreting the poem. My quote source is from this website.

    There was a question from a girl in India, she asked if she could solve the clues from over there, presumably without traveling to the USA. FF said “The little girl in India cannot get closer than the first two clues”

    What that says to me who is researching on the East Coast, is that only the first two clues can be found on a map or online through research. The other 7 clues are only visible from the ground when you are there.

    Before this quote, I was hoping to map the whole route to the chest location from home, and then go and check the solve. I think based on this quote, the best I can do is get to clue 2. I would add that in some of the same quotes on the blog I mentioned, FF says no one has given him a correct solve past clue 2, but people have been within 500 feet of the treasure. It isn’t 100% clear that this means clue 2 is within 500 feet of the treasure, but I think it might. What do you think?

  40. What I find puzzling is that the searchers that had the first 2 clues correct were within 500 or 200 ft. That means clues 3 thru 9 are within the last couple of hundred feet. Let’s assume HOB is clue 3 or 4…
    Are we to believe that those searchers couldn’t find anything to match HOB within that distance?

    • ..easier to believe you got the facts wrong, sorry to say.

      I don’t think searchers who got the first two clues were the same searchers who were within 200 ft.

      • Agree Muset. IMO none of the searches that solved first two clues were within 500 feet. They were within 1 mile though!

  41. Yes Muset,
    I previously said the same thing, but I was corrected by Aaron who cited a quote from f which said in short that the 200ft searchers who got the 1st 2 clues correct didnt realize they were so close and failed to get clues 3 and 4..
    Look @ Aaron on the HOB thread..

  42. You must travel there alone during a full moon.

    Okay I came across an old Comanche Legend and I need your help. The story goes like this: The Place we cal “————-” also said to be the site of an old Indian legend. The story tells of the ghost of a Comanche warrior that will allegedly lead visitors to the site of hidden gold. However, like many ghostly legends, it has a caveat – the warrior will only appear at midnight on an evening with a full moon. Some versions also say that the visitor must also be alone for the Comanche to appear. One report tells of a visitor who made the trip at midnight with a full moon alone. However, when the Indian failed to appear, he returned to his pick-up truck disgusted. However, as he began to leave, he looked in his rearview mirror and was amazed to see a warrior leaping from a horse into the bed of his pickup. But, when he turned around, nothing was there.

    Has anyone else heard of this? Has anyone gone there to give it a try?

    I am thinking after everything else I have to at least try and see what happens

  43. Consider this Q & A:

    From MW
    Question posted 6/25/2014:
    Did the same 9 clues exist when you were a kid and to your estimation will they still exist in 100 years and 1000 years?
    Thanks ~Ron
    Thanks Ron, thoughtful questions
    The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia….

    Of course the clues did not exist when he was a kid because he created them within the poem as an adult. But note how f says “MOST of the places…” I draw two possible conclusions from this. Either at least one of the places to which a clue refers is a man-made structure that didn’t exist when he was a kid, or the place physically existed but it was not an officially established or named place at the time of his childhood.

    Based on this quote, it does seem possible that at least one place to which a clue refers is a man-man structure, though I do not necessarily believe that. To clarify the other possibility, perhaps one clue refers to, just for example, ABC National Park. Everything within ABC National Park was there already, but the government or whomever had not yet drawn a border around the area and named it ABC National Park. One could say that place did not exist when they were a kid and be truthful, despite everything in the park always having been there.


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