How much does Forrest Fenn’s treasure weigh?

Short answer: about 42 pounds, including the chest and the contents described in his first memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase.”

The bigger question is: what does it feel like to lift 42 pounds?

Here’s an easy way to find out.

The image above is that of a standard five gallon bucket. I have several in my garage, some from Lowes, and some from Home Depot. You probably have one or more of them around your place, too.

A gallon of water weighs approximately 8.34 pounds. “Approximately,” because its weight can be affected by the physics of things like temperature and altitude. But, this is close enough for government work.

Take your bucket outside and fill it to within an inch of its life…er…I mean “of its brim.”

5 gallons x 8.34 pounds per gallon = 41.7 pounds.

Pick it up.

That’s about what it’s like to pick up the chest Forrest Fenn hid somewhere in the mountains North of Santa Fe.

Is it any wonder he had to make two trips?

Now, just for the fun of it, empty half the water out of the bucket, pretend you’re an 80 year old man, and walk as far as you can.

Apparently, he’s a tough old geezer.


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