Treasure Hunt Ideas

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  1. Scratchthejeepguy

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    I want to do a long term treasure hunt on my land and I'm looking for ideas. Something along the lines of the "National Treasure" series of movies. I like puzzles and want to incorporate some kind of difficult puzzles into a treasure hunt. Stuff like obstical course? Digging? Zip line? A reflection from a mirror or piece of glass at a certain time of day or year highlighting a clue? A clue in the next town over? Mathematical equations?

    The problem is, there's not many landmarks that I can use. It's just 20 acres of woods.
    I don’t know how to find lasting, permanent landmarks like buildings, structures, etc… I was thinking about stuff like stacking rocks in a pile. We don't have many rocks around here so that would be un-natural. But I also don’t want to do stacked rocks for each clue location. I’d like some variety.

    I don't like tree formations since storms can take them down. I do like property markers since I know exactly where they all are on my property, and they tend to stand the length of time...

    As for distances to the next clue location, should I use GPS, or measurement in yards... that sort of stuff.

    I've tried geocaching before. It's fun, but meh... I'd like something a little different.

    I don't know what I'll put in there, maybe my collection of gold nuggets or old coins, maybe some cash, I don't know… I just think it'd be fun. I'd like it to be like a "this clue leads to another clue in a different area" kind of thing. But I’m thinking long term here. I was thinking about putting a starting clue in my safe, with pictures of a “treasure chest” and what’s inside. When I die, my kids will have to go look for it if they want it. Those coins and nuggets are just sitting in my safe right now, might as well make a game out if it if I die in a car wreck tomorrow.

    I could just do it for fun and put like some cash in it and let my kids find it now I suppose, but I want a LEGACY DAMNIT!

    Is that what it's called... A legacy...?

    I don't know.

    I’ve also been thinking about a “treasure chest”. What if I built a 24” square box with no top, out of ¼” thick steel. (I have lots of it) weld in some 1” angle iron at the top edge on the inside, to form a flange. Then cut out another 24” square that will get bolted to the top to cover the hole, with a rubber seal to keep out moisture. I have a well stocked metal shop with a CNC plasma cutting table so working with metal will be easy for me.
    I also have access to lots of leftover pieces of granite countertop material. (A local guy drops off his scraps here and we use it for fill)

    In the center of that top square, I could cut a 6” round hole, then weld a 4 foot section of 6” pipe to it. With threads and a cap on top.
    I could bury the whole thing about 5’ deep, with 6” or so of pea gravel all around the box at the bottom.

    I could easily add anything that will fit in the pipe, by digging down a foot, unscrewing the cap and dropping it in. I could put things in clear plastic bags, with wire loops on them. I think Ziplock bags degrade over time don’t they…?

    If I really needed something out of there, I could drop my go pro and light down there, use my iPhone to view it, and hook it out with a fish tape.

    I could mark the cap “SEWER CAP” or something to discourage uninvited guests if they ever happened to find it...

    Maybe I should make it out of stainless steel…?


    I suppose I could bury the chest on my property, but have the clues lead you around the town using landmarks that will stand the length of time like historic churches, cemetery's, or something...? (Ideas?) I could start with burying the chest now, and making one cryptic clue leading to it, then spend the next few months creating another clue using local landmarks that will lead to that one, then just keep adding clues over the years...?

    If anyone has any ideas on how to measure distances, how to make or find permanent lasting landmarks, ideas on how to keep my treasure chest dry through Wisconsin seasonal changes, or advice on writing clues, post them up.



    I’m such a dork…
  2. salty dog

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    In caching they have versions where you go from point to point before finding the final cache location. They may not be exactly what you are looking for, but some of the tricks may be useful. In the woods they are usually limited to finding another set of coordinates to seek the next location. These can be hidden in a small container, or written on something. One I found had the numbers written on a one of those metal fence posts, so the chances of it going missing are slim. In town they can lead you to a spot where there are numbers visible, then you would use those (a street address number, the date on a sign, the numbers on a telephone pole, etc) to complete partial coordinates or add to given coords to get the correct ones. I'm not sure if this will help since the game is so tied in to coordinates. Even when they say something like "go 325 feet at a bearing of 70 degrees", cachers often use there GPS unit to solve for the new coordinates rather than walk in that direction.
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    Thanks. I'll take any ideas I can get. Maybe it'll spark some new ideas that will work for my situation.
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    Sounds like a great idea to teach orienteering...
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    I have done several monumental geocaches when I lived in Denver. It could take from a 24x7 hunt to a few weeks. Just use your imagination.

    cheers
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    Have no real idea... just wanted to say that I sent my wife on a series of 2 or 3 of these "wild goose chases" when we started dating (well, before actually). I was her "secret santa" in college. I left a clue on her door each of three mornings, made one trip across campus in the horrid weather of a western NY December, put 2 clues on various bulletin boards on the way, and then returned to put two clues in our dorm. Easy on me... cost her 3 trips back and forth every day. The last clue directed her to a friend's room, where she got her "gift" for the day. I never made her stand on the balcony over the dining room and sing though... but I did make her climb on a chair in the laundry room and find a note stuck on top of a duct... she was good-natured enough to enjoy it, thank me for it, and we "clicked" immediately upon formally meeting at the dorm christmas party that weekend.

    Point is, you could leave clues all over your property easily, and another set of clues that would involve going into town to make readings or taking bearings... these in turn could be used as a cipher key to unlock the next msg. You could use things like a cipher based off the nth letter in an inscription on a public monument or tombstone, or a number off a bearing from one landmark to another.

    Sounds like a lot of fun. however, I'd worry about my heirs not solving it... might want to leave the final location with your attorney, so that if it's not solved in say, a year or two, he comes forth and gives them the answer. They still get to dig it up though.
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    I've been geocaching/treasure hunting only once. Found one cache and it had a bunch of marijuana in it lol Oregon. You could blaze or mark trees and incorporate that into your treasure hunt. If I recall I remember a treasure hidden somewhere in the Rockies of Utah where the person who hid (supposedly) it in like the 1800's used various symbols carved into trees as markers/clues to the treasures whereabouts.

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