Video transcript from Huff Post interview with Forrest Fenn
HOST: Forrest, you published a memoir in 2010, “The Thrill of The Chase” in which you revealed that you hid a treasure chest “Somewhere north of Santa Fe.” You’ve also put out a map and a poem for prospective hunters. I want to read the last four lines of that poem, “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.” What exactly have you hidden and why did you hide it?
FORREST FENN: Well I hid a treasure chest that is 10 inches by 10 inches and 5 inches deep and it has 20.2 Troy pounds of gold in the chest, 265 gold coins, most of them Eagles and Double Eagles American, but there are ancient middle eastern coins also, but there’s also 260 some rubies, there’s diamonds and emeralds and sapphires and also pre-Columbian gold and ancient Chinese carved jade. So the treasure chest is worth looking for, and we think that last summer we had as many as 30,000 people out looking.
HOST: You had 30,000 people out looking for it, and no one has found it yet, right?
FENN: Not yet, no.
HOST: So do you want someone to find it before you’re gone?
FENN: You know, I’m ambivalent about that. I could go either way, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’m not encouraging anybody by giving any more clues. Everybody’s on their own. I’m pretty much in the background as far as the treasure is now.
HOST: Are you giving clues at all outside of the poem and the map?
FENN: No I’m not.
HOST: What would it take to get you to give a clue? Maybe not live right now, but maybe on the phone with me after?
FENN: A hundred million! A hundred million dollars would do it I’m pretty sure.
HOST: I don’t think I’m going to work that one out Forrest! Sorry!
FENN: Well call me later, okay?
HOST: Dal, you’re actually searching for Forrest’s treasure right?
DAL NEITZEL: Absolutely, I’m having a ball looking for it.
HOST: What does that entail if there’s a map and there’s a poem, that seems to me that would lead right to it. But what is missing that makes it difficult to find?
NEITZEL: Well your input for one. You and I need to get together especially since you figure this is so easy! The map limits the area to four states. So Forrest has not narrowed down to an area on a map to any more than that. So you can see with that map, we’re talking about Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Northern New Mexico. So the treasure chest is hidden there somewhere, and if you read through the poem, you see that, uh, there are just a lot of ways to interpret words. Forrest says there’s nine clues in there and, you know we’re not even sure what the nine clues are. So, where do you begin, and where do you stop and what’s in between is the problem. Interpretation is everything.
HOST: How closely do you track the search for your treasure? We asked if you cared whether or not it was found while you’re still alive, do you track it very closely?
FENN: No, I don’t track it at all. The only way I have knowledge about where people are looking is what they tell me by email. And I know that several people have been within 200 feet, personally 200 feet of the treasure. They didn’t know that they were there though. But I know because they told me exactly where they were.