Orienteering is not treasure hunting. On the other hand, many people who visit my web site are hunting for treasure, often the
The Treasureboxes are based loosely on the 160 year old pastime of
intriguing mix of treasure hunting, puzzle solving, stamp art, and hiking
or trail running. The idea is to find a cool place and leave a treasure
there in the form of a unique stamp, and to write clues, like a treasure
map or outdoor puzzle, for others to work out and lead them to the
spot. Or, alternatively, to decrypt others' clues and leave your mark
once you find the spot they lead to.
My interest is in writing interesting and innovative treasure hunts; I leave the competition over letterboxing websites, databases, drive-by experiences, growth for the sake of growth, and obsession with logging finds and numbers to those who enjoy it. My outdoor puzzles
often take quite a bit of perseverance and insight to solve; I
hope you get the chance to enjoy a few of them as much as I enjoyed
While off the mainstream, I'm not totally clueless -- In 2003 I wrote
the original book on the pastime of North American letterboxing,
The Letterboxer's Companion (now in its second printing).
is cool -- ever since I was a kid, I had a dream of writing a book
which included embedded clues to treasure in the outdoors. I also
co-founded the Letterboxing North
America web site in 1998 and wrote the
original FAQ (both
managed by others now), and in 1999 became the first to find 100
American letterboxes. Not bad for someone in disdain of letterboxing
competition and numbers.
I've also take commissions to write treasure hunts, with an emphasis on puzzles, problem solving, geography, and general cleverness. If you're in the market for a treasure hunt writer, and who isn't, e-mail me.