Arizona Treasure Hunt

Solving clues and avoiding jackasses since 1951

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Hunt Registration Is Still Open

Registration for the 66th Annual Arizona Treasure Hunt (November 12th, 2016) is still open!

If you’ve been thinking of joining us this year, make sure you register your team soon! Follow the above link to the Store/Registration.

Do you have friends who might be interested in Hunting? Make sure to point them to the Hunt Docs section, where there is a useful Rookie Guide for new and potential teams to learn more about the Hunt. And be sure to encourage them to register!

We’ve recently updated the registration list, if you have registered already, a quick reminder to head over to the 2016 Registered Teams link to ensure your registration is correct.

See you at Hunt 66!

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15 minute reminder!

 

This is your official 15 minute reminder for the opening of registration.

 

Please note that registration is capped at 90 teams. Reservations past that number will be placed on a waitlist.

 

So head on over to the Store/Registration page and get your keyboard ready for 20:16!

 

Happy Hunting!!

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Registration Reminder #2

Three days to go! Registration starts Friday September 16th at 20:16 sharp (Arizona time of course)

 

Items available to purchase during registration:

$330 Team registration includes 6 meal tickets, 3 maps and 3 cluebooks

$5   per Extra map—provided after the completion of the Hunt

$5   per Extra cluebook—provided after the completion of the Hunt

$16   per t-shirt for S to XL

$18   per t-shirt for XXL

 

If you don’t know your t-shirt sizes, you can always come back and order them later.

 

We will have a limited number of t-shirts for sale on Hunt night. Prices will be $18 for S to XL and $20 for XXL. We do usually sell out, so purchase one at registration to ensure you aren’t left out…in the cold…without a shirt.

 

The post-Hunt celebration will once again be held at Monterra of Westworld.  The Hunt Committee has worked closely with the staff to address the issues from last year.  The menu will consist of a three-course meal (salad, pasta with meat sauce, and dessert) and to accommodate Hunters with specific dietary needs a vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free option will be available upon request.   Please note how many team members require this option during the registration process.  In addition, better flow of the buffet lines has been arranged to reduce the waiting time as much as possible.  A map will be posted prior to the event.

 

If you need to cancel your registration:

— Team cancellations on or before November 6th, 2016, will receive a 90% refund.
— Starting November 7th, 2016, cancellations up until 72 hours prior to Hunt start time will receive a 50% refund.
— After 6:15pm on November 9th, 2016, no refunds are possible.

Remember to register using PayPal. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that should be retained in the event of any registration issues.

 

t-shirt

 

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Registration Reminder

Six days to go!! Registration for the 2016 Arizona Treasure Hunt will open at precisely 20:16 “Arizona Time” this Friday, September 16th.

The registration process will be the same as last year. Please make sure ONLY ONE person registers your team! If you don’t know all of your teammate’s names, please enter TBD for each prospective hunter.

Monterra at WestWorld will host the post-Hunt venue. New this year—if you desire a vegetarian meal please be sure to select it at registration.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Please retain this email in the event of any registration issues.

Please remember checkout now requires a PayPal account. If last year’s payer didn’t make the cut; this year be sure to sign up for PayPal in advance.

https://www.paypal.com/

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66th Annual Treasure Hunt Theme and Poster: Get Your Kicks on Hunt 66

Registration:  September 16th (time to be announced)

The 66th Annual Valley of the Sun Treasure Hunt will be held on Saturday, November 12th.

If you ever plan to treasure hunt,
Travel our way, take the byway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Hunt 66.

For those just itching to come up with a snazzy team name now’s your chance—looking forward to seeing you soon.

2016 Final Poster

Don’t forget to tell your friends and co-workers to join in on the fun. Check back here or on our Facebook page for updates.

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2016 Hunt Date Announcement

The date has been set!

 

Get your kix on Saturday November 12th, 2016.

 

Don’t forget to tell your friends and co-workers to join in on the fun. Check back here or on our Facebook page for updates.

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2015 Treasure Hunt Note from the Sage

Dear Hunters,

For over two decades, The Arizona Treasure Hunt has had the privilege of meeting for the conclusion of the Hunt celebration at Pinnacle Peak Patio. With its closure earlier this year, the 2015 Hunt Committee was tasked with replacing this nostalgic landmark with a new venue. It was not an easy feat. Accommodating over 500 hungry Hunters and more than 80 vans at nearly midnight requires a special location.

Our search team believed that we had found the best possible solution in Monterra at WestWorld and their on-site catering company, M Catering. By utilizing a seasoned full-time event space specifically designed and dedicated to serving large parties of up to 1,000, we were confident that our clearly conveyed event parameters would be professionally met and a new home for the Hunt Dinner had been found.

Your 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt Committee shares your deep disappointment that this was not the case – as those who stood in line as the food ran short can attest. Doug Janison, managing partner of M Catering, sent the following message for the Hunters following the event:

“We sincerely appreciate and value that you selected our venue for the 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt. It is always our aim to provide the most exceptional experience for each person, at every event. We share your disappointment that the evening did not meet your expectations. We take that very seriously. We have heard your feedback loud and clear and our team is dedicated to resolving this issue for future events. We would be honored to work with your 2016 Committee to ensure your vision comes to fruition. The hunt is an exciting, fun event and our promise to you is to maintain the positive momentum during the finale celebration.”

As the Sage this year, I bear the ultimate responsibility for this year’s Hunt, and I apologize personally and on behalf of the Committee to everyone for the poor experience. I know that the 2016 Committee will learn from this experience and do their very best to make next year’s Hunt Dinner a great conclusion to what should be one of the best nights of the year.

Which brings us again to the reason for the whole night—The Hunt. A beautiful October Saturday night turned out to be one of the more challenging Hunts of the 2000’s. Which makes the “winning” team’s 12 solve/1 Emergency performance all the more impressive. Congratulations Awesome Sauce—you now have three years to remember what hunting felt like!

We hope you enjoyed yourself despite the dinner miscue and come back for another mind stretching night running around in the desert about 12 months from now. Thanks again to each of the 17 other Committee Members for their service and dedication, but especially to our Chair, James Tompkins, for pressing the pause button on an already busy life and devoting more time than you can imagine to this event.

As for us departing third years–we can’t wait to get back out there.

 

See you next fall,

Eric Gruber

2015 Sage

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2015 Winners and Results Posted!!!

1---Awesome-Sauce-FINAL

 

2---Astinado

Click below to view:

Results 2015

Statistics 2015

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HEY–THIS IS IMPORTANT!

A final note from the Sage and the Chair

With the passing of our dearly departed Pinnacle Peak Patio and the dawning of a new venue for dinner and awards after the hunt at Monterra at Westworld, there has been some confusion over the starting location.

The Hunt will begin in the traditional location near the southwest corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads.

General store

The festivities begin at 5:00 PM sharp (not a minute earlier) when we open up registration, the Hunt night displays, and line and T-shirt sales. Spend the next hour pondering the displays, catching up with old friends, and lusting after the blue shirts proudly won by Second Place finishers from years past. The first van will launch at 6:15 precisely. Hunt On!

Five hours later, the night will end with a screech of tires and the ejection of the Hunter chosen to turn in the results of your glorious evening.
For the first time, these tire marks will be left in the parking lot of Monterra at Westworld.
Monterra WestWorld
16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
33.633232 N 111.884714 W
Monterra

This is so important that we sent a previous email, posted on the website, are reminding you again here, and we will provide a detailed map in your brown bag. If this isn’t enough notice, we may decide to place an extra-large jackass at the site of Pinnacle Peak Patio between 11:15pm and 11:30pm on Hunt night!

Last, as you know, we strive to improve the Hunt every year and this year is no exception. This year, a few of our changes have required us to update the Rules and Rookie Guide. Please take a look at the new versions posted on the website. Although we suggest you go over the actual documents with a fine tooth comb, the major updates are copied here to make sure we have your attention:
• The Hunt will begin at the traditional place at Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads and the end of the Hunt and dinner will be at Monterra of Westworld (fifth time is the charm we hope).
• To ease congestion at the sites, we may (or may not) provide more than a single version of a visual clue and more than two copies of a working visual clue at a clue site. Previously, the number of copies of a clue at a site identified whether a clue was a visual or working visual. We are now explicitly labeling the type of clue on the outside of the clue binder present at the clue site to prevent any confusion. For example, a binder may now say “Clue A – Working Visual.”

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything – Marty McFly

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Check-In Details

Here is the official check-in location for the 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt. After all, Westworld is a big place.

Monterra of WestWorld
16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
33.633232 N    111.884714 W

Check-in

Check-in will be on the East side of Monterra at Westworld. There are two possible entrances:
1) Off of the Frontage road of the 101 coming north from Frank Lloyd Wright, or
2) South on 94th Street from Bell Road.

And just for a little extra entertainment (or otherwise) as you collate the pages in your 3-ring binders…

 

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