In 2020, two friends hid $5,000 dollars in the mountains of Utah, leaving cryptic clues to lead locals on an epic four-day treasure hunt. The motivation behind the hunt? Simply to get people outside and having fun after months of COVID pandemic quarantine.
In 2021, they raised the stakes to $10,000—and left a series of clues that took seventeen days to solve as thousands of people raked the hiking trails along the Wasatch Front.
In 2022, they went even further and are giving away $20,000 in a treasure chest, that is, if you're clever enough to solve their riddle 😉. Now this isn't even the craziest part, they're not doing just one hunt for 20k, but 3 separate treasure hunts throughout the year, each with a chest of 20,000 dollars waiting at the end!
So who was behind these epic treasure hunts? John Maxim and David Cline, two Salt Lake City residents and business owners. John is a real estate mogul and house flipper, and David is an author and investor. Our host Charan Prabhakar talked with them about their experience planning the hunts, how this year’s adventure exploded to get international attention, and the unexpected ways these treasure hunts have inspired individuals and brought families and communities closer. Have a listen, and enjoy!
For current and future treasure hunts, visit Dave and John at utahtreasurehunts.com or follow @the.cline.fam & @onthejohn on Instagram for real time updates.