Forrest Fenn's Treasure

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Proveick, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Proveick

    Proveick Long timer

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    Oh, yes you can. :-)
    Has to be. He made two trips, one for box and for the goods.
    His wife didn't even know he left the house.
    Do the new metal detectors work for non ferrous material?
    Do they work in water?
  2. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Proveick, where did you hear that his wife didn't know that he'd been gone from the house?

    Did you read it somewhere, or did FF make that statement? I'd not heard that before.

    That's interesting.
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  3. bmon

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    According to a quick goog search, yes to both. Non-ferrous metals can be detected but is more difficult to detect, all other things being equal.
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    I don't think it is in water. The chest is not the only thing he hid there. Remember, there is also a wax sealed olive jar with a mini copy of his memoir in it. I don't recall what else is in the olive jar. I think the chest and jar are hidden on land. The sealed olive jar with the memoir would float away if it were in water.


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  5. TooFast

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    Bet you didn't know I followed you all the way to "you know where", I was careful to stay back but close enough to see you and logged your destination :deal

    Probably go in and keep searching the treasure after you leave :babe
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  6. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    You'll be glad to know that "you know where" is a wonderful place for a hike. I should know: I've been searching there for this treasure for 18 months. I've enjoyed lots of glorious hikes in that time, but found no treasure yet, except wildlife, views, solitude, an arrowhead, hundreds of thousand-year-old petroglyphs, a medicine wheel and plenty of fresh air. I'll be back, even if someone else finds Fenn's treasure first. :deal

    The best treasure I've found there is good company: two days with Geek, a morning with nwcolorider, one with my mom (age 76!) and lots with my four-legged buddy Toby, who keeps up all day while we're hiking in the canyon, then sleeps like the dead:

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    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    All true. My detector will find non-ferrous metals AND search underwater. While it will find a steel bb easier than a gold bb, it will find a bronze chest packed with gold with ease, even if it's buried a couple feet deep. You wouldn't even need to make any fine adjustments to find something that large. Mine (a Garrett Scorpion) isn't even a particularly high-end detector. You can buy one new for a few hundred dollars. If you can spend a couple thousand on a specialized gold detector from Minelab, they get exponentially better, though they also require a very steep learning curve.
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    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    I also don't think it's in water, since Fenn has repeated numerous times that he hid it with an expectation that it might not be found for thousands of years, and he expects that his poem would still lead someone there after all that time. If you hide anything in or very near a stream in the Rockies, you shouldn't expect it to be there after the next flood, let alone after a millennium.

    Keep in mind that Fenn is an artifact collector, and many of the artifacts he spent his life hunting are many thousands of years old. He's well educated in understanding where you might expect to find an item a thousand years from now. Underwater is highly unlikely.

    Based on the poem, he expects us to use drainages to orient ourselves on the map to get close, but I expect to find the treasure in a location that is protected from flooding.
  9. nwcolorider

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    Yep"you know where" is pretty awesome. I was out there a couple weeks ago in the heat, going out again Tuesday or Weds.
    I am checking out a new twist after my dad looked at the clues. He also thinks the area is the same, but pointed me a new way.
    So me, the dog and the shove(for snakes) are gunna take a walk.
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    What do know about snake sticks? How do you use one?
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    Never used a snake stick. Well I have used a stick to hold a snake down before dispatching it with a knife I really prefer the 357 with snake loads
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    Good luck! I've only been there once in the summer heat. I got lucky and had some cloud cover that day to keep things cool. It's a glorious place to hike in February and March, when you don't have to worry so much about snakes or heat.
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    So what all types of snakes are there at "you know where"?
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    Well in "you know where" we have Crotalus oreganus and Crotalus viridis
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    Cowboy, I will not search (very hard) for the treasure, but if I stumble across it in "you know where" I'll split it with you. That said, I'd LOVE to see some of these ancient sites (petroglyphs, et al). Any way you could point me toward them? My serious FF hunting sites aren't in CO btw. . . though I have some worth looking into (further) in CO.
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    NWColoradorider,

    Great, thanks for the tip for a snake hater, googled those bad boys, been googling poisonous slimy snakes all afternoon likely to encounter as a matter of fact, so now I dug out my leather boots and will shop for snake ammo:2guns

    Hoping I get the FF Treasure before they get me:clap

    Riding into Escalante we would wheelie over them laying on the hot road, not sure we did any harm, tough critters they say.....never got biten...yet
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    Hmmm, BS?

  19. Proveick

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    Still think it's in NM.
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    Bogus, but he is at the Chalk Creek treasure zone which I love.