This is a film made primarily by one person. My wife was my only crew, and she has no background in film, but made a great helper :). Like a lot of people on here, I’ve been a fan of the chase since it was featured on the today show a few years ago. These last few years it’s been my dream film to make, and I always thought it was out of reach to do. Financially, logistically, etc. How could I rent the gear, fly across the country, get a rental car, lodging, etc? I then got inspired by what I was reading about Forrest and the stories of the searchers, many with the same challenges I faced as a filmmaker. At that point something clicked in my head, and I decided it was time to stop talking about it, and just take the risk and do it.
Well here we are about 7 months since this project officially began. It has been a great experience so far, something I’ll never forget. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a part of the country I’ve never been to, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as meeting a bunch of new, interesting, and just plain good people. I want to specifically mention four searchers that I spent the most time with and were the most instrumental in the film being made at all. They’ve been particularly great to both film with, and get to know beyond the film. Those are Sacha J., James G., David Rice, and Cynthia Meachum. There are several other searchers I enjoyed meeting as well.
Gho$t Adventures by Richard McDonald
Before you get caught up in yet another Forrest Fenn story, you need to be aware that I am not a writer and this book is more childishly written more so than Forrest Fenn claims his book “The Thrill of the Chase “ to be. With this being said, I am just another searcher that feels the need to tell his story, the story of my adventures and the search for hidden treasure. The entire solution that follows is my accumulation of information collected throughout my search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. This information has been gathered by many hours of research conducted by myself through multiple resources found throughout the internet and my multiple scouting trips to the location. This solution is not complete with all information gathered from the clues but is enough to prove the location to be the solution. This location was originally discovered by my own efforts and with the use of Forrest Fenn’s poem and videos. I later used other resources to try to narrow the search area down to a specific spot. I have included many screenshots of various websites to help give a more visual type solution. Sometimes it’s just better to show someone, rather than trying to explain. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I found the gold, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t. I just don’t want to provide that type of knowlege…
A TREASURE MORE THAN GOLD by Ritt Jordan
A Treasure More Than Gold – Ritt Jordan
This book is about my involvement in the Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt. It is only one possible solution to Forrest Fenn’s poem, but I believe it is one of the most understandable and complete solves to this great puzzle.
I define a “straight forward” solve in detail. The found clues are contiguous and will lead you from where warm waters halt to the final clue that leads to the possible location of the treasure chest. I tell of the many highs and lows during my numerous trips to the area of where the poem leads.
It offers a comprehensive new look into the thrill of the chase, the treasure hunt, and the puzzle. I tell all, the word that is “Key”, the “Keyword”, and I explain how I found them. There are various pictures that take you directly to this secret site.
I know many of you have your own stories of your searches and have posted them here on Dal’s blog. I have read all of them and found them to be very interesting and entertaining. I would have posted mine here also, but thought it would be too large to keep someone’s attention for such a long time. Also, I wanted to attract new searchers into the chase.
Here is what a couple of editorial reviewers have to say about my book:
“A Treasure More Than Gold by Ritt Jordan is an account of how the author was enticed into the “thrill of the chase,” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, NM. An ancient cast bronze, and a hidden treasure chest. To find it, one must first read the poem by Forrest Fenn containing nine clues that will lead to its location. Being bitten by the bug to hunt for this treasure prompted Mr. Jordan to use all available resources to him.
Using the satellite option of Google Maps, interviews, etc., he begins deciphering the poem. Ritt had to get to know how this man, ailing with cancer, lived in order to fully understand the clues. Why? Because Forrest hid the chest in a place very personal to him.
Ritt Jordan was able to get help from a few of his family members with his numerous trips to the mountains. He was not about to leave any stone unturned to solve the clues in the poem. Aerial satellite photos and pictures from his camera fill some of the pages so that the reader can relate to how he interpreted the clues. The author relates his story with a detailed account of his findings and frustrations, as well as the experiences and precious memories he got to share with his loved ones. What started out as searching for the end of a rainbow turned into something much more valuable than the actual treasure. To Ritt Jordan, the thrill of this chase was “A Treasure More Than Gold.”
-Stephen Fisher for Readers’ Favorite
“A Treasure More Than Gold is itself a treasure indeed. I had a marvelous time reading this book and found myself looking up one thing after another on Google. I had not been familiar with Forrest Fenn and his hidden treasure before I read this.
I enjoyed seeing how you worked at deciphering his clues. I was awestruck by the beauty of the area as seen in your photographs.
Yes, I agree. The value of this search is more than that of the treasure itself. The adventure itself seems so grand.” –
-Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Of course there are many treasures to be found in this chase the chest is only one of them, but it is the one that everyone is after. So I challenge you to come up with a more viable solution to the poem.
I am not saying that I have found the treasure. What I am saying is that I am content. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is the correct solution to where the treasure is hidden.
Good luck to everyone,
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FINDING FORREST FENN by The Wolf
Excerpt from this book removed at the request of The Wolf