Chasing Down the Treasure : Leave Room for Some healthy Fear

I am contemplating going alone in there.  After all a 79 or 80 year old man did the same in 2009 or 2010 or did he?  It is disturbing to read the comment Fenn made about leaving your friend in the car if you take one to get the treasure.  Especially after reading not to go into the mountains alone.  WWWWWWWHHHHAAAAAATTTT.  Hey it is not dangerous so no problem but be careful.  Very careful three people weren’t and they are dead!  This is a place not for the meek but his grand daughter if she had the strength could go and get it.  If this doesn’t give you a reason for caution you ain’t paying attention.  Here is the real zinger it may not be dangerous where he hid it but it could be extremely dangerous if you are looking in the wrong place.

So what are we to do?  Indiana Jones goes where ever the chase leads him.  The danger is part of the appeal.  Forrest’s special place is not dangerous according to Fenn but it must appear to have some element of danger to match up to no place for the meek.  My bet is this special place has a reasonable amount of danger and reasonable is the key word.  That this treasure is valued at over a million dollars changes what’s reasonable.

Like Eisenstein taught us lets use are imagination to decide what would be reasonable.  While driving on the freeway imagine you saw a dollar bill in the slow lane would it be reasonable to stop on the side and wait for a chance to get on the freeway to retrieve the dollar?  Now what if there was a box filled with hundred dollar bills, would that be a reasonable risk?  Logic tells me the risks are equal but what is reasonable is relevant.

So here I am five months and four tries later trying to decide if I should wait for the team (Boise Think Tank) or try a trip now on my own.  hears my thinking.


If you are a follower of this blog you got info others never read.  I decided to take several blogs down after I thought they were a little negative.  Those few that recieved my blogs got some important hints that in my mind will help to locate the treasure and there fore the place I hope to be first.  Now I am seeing comment etc that make me believe attention to this place is on the increase.

Time is running out as I sense an early winter.  This year has had a short window of agreeable weather for the hunt and for thing place.

A year will go by without looking for the treasure soon.

I made a vow that I would be at the Black Bow Tie Ball and I will need the Treasure to serve as my ticket.

A man of 79 or 80 years of age went to where the treasure is so this 68 year old should be ok to go.

Over a million dollar pay off.


Where I am going seems dangerous to go alone.  No cliff to climb no rivers to cross but very remote, full of bears and possible clasping sides walls.  So narrow it may only have room for one.

Flash flooding is a real problem.

No trails nearby and the destination may be more than a mile away from any cell phone coverage.

So what else is new?  I have been in worse spots on my adventures seen plenty of bears and lots of narrow canyons.  Billybobs  (my toy  poodle) and I have camped, hiked and explored many times but I have this fear that grows as I become older and maybe saner. Just a few days ago I admitted this fear to a good friend, he said ” you’d be a fool if you weren’t scared it is healthy to respect the Rocky Mountains they can be treacherous if you lost respect for the dangers they pose.

Over time this respect has turned into a Indiana Jones type of attitude which translates into being prepared.  Jones uses his wipe and gun I will use my giant can of bear spray and The Judge a revolve that shoots shot gun shells and big caliper rounds. ( Hope to never ever use that gun).  A coat in case I get wet and fire starters if I get stranded or really cold.  Felt boots for slippery creek bottoms, walking sticks that can be used for a splint,  bells on and a whistle to alert bears.  Couple of bottles of water and a snack if I get stuck some where.  Finely a drop in a the ranger station to inform them where I intend to be and when I intend to be back to my car.

Forrest if you read this I wish you could direct us searchers away from questionable places as often times there is no way to know what will be at the end of our rainbow.  Forrest can’t help us for many reasons litigious and practical.  The only reliable place to turn to is the Ranger.

Here is the bottom line fear isn’t something a brave man never feels no a brave man overcomes his fears.  The best saying I ever heard goes ” do nothing out of fear and everything out of love” I love the chase.

A shout out to those who would like to team up or know more about the area I will search.  Out of loyalty to the Think Tank I will go on this trip alone and then go with the Tank in two weeks but after that all will be indulged and if someone would like to join in they are welcome.

Author: captpappy

Teacher, counselor, therapist, coach and a treasure hunter with 40 years of teaching and coaching people from kindergarten to sports professionals. Helping people achieve their goals is what I do. I taught K-12 and university level in Physical Education, Biology, life skills, and transitions. I have a Masters in Social Work with a mental health concentration and worked with families, adolescents, and chemically dependent groups. Treasure hunting is my new passion for the last eight years.

5 thoughts on “Chasing Down the Treasure : Leave Room for Some healthy Fear”

  1. All good advice and I think everyone here respects your point of view. I have gone alone into remote Montana. The dangers I discovered weren’t bears or rivers they were mainly self imposed. I wanted to just get over there, its steep, its slippery and a slip or fall here could be deadly, if alone. As a searcher the push is to always push on and on… but don’t, be very careful, find another way. Do not risk your life, it is worth more than a million dollars. You need life to search and it may take more than one trip even with the correct solve. Be very, very, careful as Elmer Fudd used to say!


  2. Capt, it is very important that we speak soon. I know that you are chasing your solve. I know how consuming that can be! I need an hour , less a half an hour to convince you are looking in the wrong place. The treasure chest is in Montana, within a few miles of the border. It is not near Yellowstone. I have sent you e-mails and had no response, my email and phone are in my emails. Contact me, please and thank you.


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