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August 1st, 2019

Could the Blaze be a Tree?

Forrest Fenn Snacks

Ty Laughlin, Explorer, CO

August 1st, 2019

Hey Snackers,

Welcome to the first ever 3 minute “snack” of Forrest Fenn news.

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Highlighted Hint:

1. Treasure is higher than…

“The clue is, the treasure is hidden higher than 7… than 5,000 feet above sea level.” – Forrest Fenn

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 There’s really nothing of value in this hint from Fenn… a bit of a throw away, as are most of his “Today Show” hints. Fenn even mentions these hints are throwaways in another interview, “The Today show wanted clues every time I was on, but I made sure none of them would take anyone closer to the treasure.”

We know from other hints that the treasure is hidden “somewhere in the Rockies,” and all of the Rockies are 5,000ft above sea level.

Speculation… the only potential significance of this clip is the way he slips up and says, “7… than 5,000 feet,” but we wouldn’t go eliminating solves because of it. 


Noteworthy convo

2. Could “the Blaze” be on a tree?

u/William__Storey posted a picture which brought back to life the age old debate: could “the blaze” be a carving on a tree. 

Here at FFTreasure, we’re pretty confident “the blaze” is not a tree carving due to  how long FF claims the clues will last:

Did the same 9 clues exist when you were a kid and to your estimation will they still exist in 100 years and 1000 years?
Thanks ~Ron


Thanks Ron, thoughtful questions

The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia. The Rocky mountains are still moving and associated physical changes will surely have an impact. If you are in the year 3,009 it will be more difficult for you to find the treasure.f


u/William_Storey defends the “blaze in tree” theory better than most — proving an Indian tree blaze can last over 100 years if done correctly. 

Others chime in stating that Fenn’s comments support the “blaze in tree” theory — after all it’s likely a tree would exist 100 years but not 1000. 

Read the full Reddit thread.

While it’s not impossible for the blaze to be in a tree, we still think the likelihood remains extremely low.

As u/1keyword points out: would FF risk the hunt being over from pine beetles (a common problem FF would know about in the 2000s). 

Would he risk the hunt being over due to a forrest fire?

Bottom line to hunters… it would be a waste of time to look for only blazes without following the previous clues.

But, if you follow your solve to a tree with an Indian blaze, you can take your chest and go in peace.


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Happy Hunting, 




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Not all who wander are lost -J.R.R. Tolkein