Mac & Mac's Pick: Real life treasure hunt

By WEEK Reporter

February 28, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM CDT

Jemez Mountains, NM -- Tonight there are people combing the landscape of the rocky mountains armed with big dreams....and a few cryptic clues.

They are looking for buried treasure...real treasure.

This is what they're looking for: a 42-pound bronze chest filled with hundreds of gold nuggets, rare coins and jewels. Worth millions, and hidden by Forrest Fenn.

Fenn made millions as a art collector and when he got a diagnosis of terminal kidney cancer, he decided to leave a good part of his fortune to whoever could find it...somewhere in the New Mexico Mountains.

Fenn wrote a memoir with a poem offering nine clues to the treasure.

That was three years ago. His cancer is in remission, and the treasure is out there..somewhere.