Forrest Fenn, Ex art dealer and collector of ancient artifacts decided one day, during has battle with cancer, that he wanted to leave a legacy. And came up with the plan to hide his collection of gold, gems, jewellery and artifacts worth around $2million somewhere in the rocky mountains.
It wasn’t until years later, and after careful and meticulous planning of a poem, that would when deciphered, would “lead them directly to the treasure”, did he actually manage to hide the treasure chest. In turn he started one of the biggest modern day treasure hunts, with tens of thousands for searchers on the hunt every year.
Forrest said he wanted to encourage families to get outside and explore, camping and holidaying in the area instead of sitting inside on their sofas. It seems like he was successful in this mission, now we wait and see what the future holds for this treasure hunt.
The poem goes like this…
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, you quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.