My Elegant Solution…

by Jack


I have decided to publish my solution to Forrest’s poem. Rather than printing several pages of text, I used Power Point to create a video. It seems to me that might be a more entertaining way of viewing it.  The thing that seems to have perplexed us all over the last six years is how this simple 6 stanza poem could lead to a very specific location in the Rockies without codes or ciphers but with confirmation that it is correct.  Like any work of art or music, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That is what Forrest meant when he said you have to see the big picture.  I see it as elegance. Albert Einstein said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

The video is just short of an hour long so if you are interested, grab a cup of coffee or your favorite adult beverage and spend an hour seeing what I found. I hope you find it informative and entertaining. The preface to the video is below as well as the link:
This video is about an hour long not because of the complexity of Forrest Fenn’s poem, but because of the elegance of it. Forrest says he spent 15 years working and reworking the poem to get it just right.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Fenn’s short poem of 24 lines and 6 stanzas is both simple and complex. It is the very definition of elegance and perfection. It seems to describe a multitude of places in the Rocky Mountains, yet when solved as I see it, it points to only one specific place. Caveat: my family and I have made two separate trips with four searches to the location you will see but we do not have the chest. Nevertheless, I think you will find both the approach to solving the poem and the location itself compelling and unique.
First and foremost, the poem is a puzzle. It contains hints and clues on how to unlock the puzzle. Once unlocked, it leads to the location. The first part of the video describes the method of solving the puzzle and seeing how Fenn constructed it. I am confident that it is mostly correct. The second part takes us to the location.

The solution to the puzzle is actually rather simple. Explaining how the puzzle is constructed takes some time, hence the length of the video. The poem is telling two stories. One is the obvious story of Forrest Fenn hiding his treasure. The second story is cleverly hidden in plain sight in the poem. That is the thrill of the chase for an archeologist – discovering the unique story of a place. That is what he wants to share with us: “I became sick and thought I was on my way out and I wanted to inspire others to join in the thrill of the chase.”

Click HERE to see the video