Fenndamentals: Examining Forrest Fenn's Treasure Poem

Fenndamentals: Examining Forrest Fenn's Treasure Poem

In this video I get back to the Fenndamentals and examine the poem Forrest Fenn published in his memoir, The Thrill of the Chase. Since the book’s release, hundreds of thousands have gone searching for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. In addition to fundamental poem trivia, I break down where in the poem the nine clues potentially reside and present an alternative way to think about the poem.

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– Interview with Forrest Fenn by Lorene Mills for Report From Santa Fe – May 13, 2011

– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oLzi4fpw_A
– EIS Radio Show – August 2012
– http://www.eisradio.org/item/003/

– Radio New Zealand Interview with Forrest Fenn, April 3, 2013
– https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2550897


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  1. Jeremy Ward Outdoors on May 11, 2021 at 8:20 am

    ATTENTION: The Fenn treasure was found in June of 2020. Please consider this as entertainment only! While I decide on a new treasure to pursue, please enjoy some of my newer outdoor adventure videos 🙂

  2. Lew curt twiggy Lewis on May 11, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Only 4 letters in the original poem are connected on paper by ink
    ff Li, fil lif thread of life ,natural springs

  3. Jeremy Ward Outdoors on May 11, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I first looked at this poem in late 2016. A lot of the more trivia aspects are from my early analysis. Back then, I was more in the camp of "9 sentences, 9 clues." Clearly, I’ve evolved my opinion in light of more research and numerous quotes. If I may be so bold, how do you use the poem to identify a general area to help identify or confirm the first clue?

  4. Dirkmez on May 11, 2021 at 8:24 am

    You have a good idea of understanding the poem, most searchers. distort, rearrange or don’t understand what the poem really is. Its a map, a map in word form. If you have seen City Slickers 2, the map in that movie is also descriptive but also pictorial. People need to understand, all clues are in order, kept simple. But some refuse to believe that, and that is why they still haven’t found the chest.

  5. Dave Bradshaw on May 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    And take it ……..? the canyon …….?

  6. Day on May 11, 2021 at 8:45 am

    That was a great break down of the poem, thanks for sharing!

  7. Clancy Littleboy on May 11, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Here is the simple, one-picture, two-step solution: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u6pbe4edgs96g4j/Using%20the%20Poem&20as&20Map.jpg?dl=0

    The word that was key is "blaze", that referred to 3 locations: Angel Fire, NM; the blaze location in the poem, and the final blaze on the ground in the Carson National Forrest in New Mexico. "It" in the poem Stanza 2 means the cut-out of the poem that you use as a map. – – – –

  8. Reynaldo Vazquez on May 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

    You sir, outdid yourself with this video. Great job 👍 perfect video to share with new searchers.

  9. Dave bradshaw on May 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Here are the clues in order
    As i go alone in there
    1. Yellowstone
    I can keep my secrete where
    2. .Capitol hill
    The I is an eye as in the seeing eye, leads to congress , wich is in Capitol hill,
    Only a few are in tight focus,
    ( EYE )
    And hint of riches new n old
    3. ,Mamoth hot springs
    Begin it WWWH
    4. .Hyman terrace
    And take it in the canyon down
    5. .Clemitas gulch
    Not far but to far too walk
    6. .350 feet
    Put in below the HOB
    7. . Albright building is HOB
    8. .END of clemitas creek where it disapears under ground in the fort court yard.
    If you have been wise and found the blaze
    9. . Donnies broken stirrup

  10. texashsad on May 11, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Good video, but I saw one thing that you and I would disagree with in your video, but it’s your solve. And, also a comment you made below, I have issues with that was well, but it’s your solve. I don’t have the chest on me, so who’s to say. Good video though!! 🙂

  11. Kiwi's Road on May 11, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I wounder if you read the poem then read the book with feeling from the words he shares I wounder where you would feel most content? What story in any of his 3 books Brings you to a search area?

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