Q: Are there clues in “The Thrill of the Chase?”
Fenn: “Yes, because the poem is in the book.”
Q: Are there clues in “Too Far to Walk?”
Fenn: “Yes, because the map is in the book.”
Q: Are there subtle hints in “TTOTC?”
Fenn: “Yes, if you can recognize them.”
And, on more than one occasion, Fenn has said that there are hints (he’s careful not to use the word “clues”) sprinkled throughout the book.
He’s also written (in emails), “All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. ”
Therefore, I have come to following conclusions:
- When Fenn intentionally gives us a clue, it’s…well…bull puckey.
- Any other clue or hint to finding the treasure, outside the poem, are accidental or incidental to the written word or the conversation.
Here’s what I mean.
If I go over any of the clues of which Fenn has preceded with any variation of the phrase “I’m going to give you a clue (or hint),” they have no real value. At least to me. I could go on searching, following the clues in the poem, and knowing none of the following would have made a difference to me:
- It’s not on top of a mountain.
- It’s below 10,200 feet.
- It’s above 5,000 feet.
- It’s not in Idaho, Nevada, Utah or Canada.
- It’s 300 miles west of Toledo.
- It’s at least 8.5 miles North of Santa Fe.
- It’s not in a graveyard
- It’s not associated with any structure.
…yada, yada, yada.
- There are at least hints, and maybe clues, in everything that Fenn has written or recorded.
- Those hints and clues were purely accidental or incidental to what he was writing or the conversation he was having at the time.
- He was surprised to have noticed them or to have them pointed out to him, post hoc.
For, a classic, example, associating the phrase “too far to walk” with the phrase “about 10 miles” in the preface of “Two Far to Walk” was purely accidental. It also, in the grand scheme of things, may be totally meaningless. But, it wasn’t intentional.
I also believe that there are incidental hints or clues in may of the recorded interviews, with value, as long as they are not preceded by the phrase cited above.
I find nothing written or spoken by Fenn in which he has said the equivalent of “I intentionally placed hints (or clues) (in anything) other than the poem.”
So, where does all that leave me?
Here: Fenn hid a treasure someplace in the mountains North of Santa Fe and wrote a poem containing nine clues that, when correctly interpreted, will lead me directly to the treasure.