Arizona Treasure Hunt

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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


2015 Winners and Results Posted!!!




Click below to view:

Results 2015

Statistics 2015



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

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


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 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…



Online store closing Sunday, September 27th.

Make those last minute registrations and other purchases! The store officially closes tomorrow night, September 27th.


Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…but we could always use a few more hunters!

There is still a little room on the final roster for a few more teams. So goad those office mates and harangue your friends! The Registration page is still open for registration, T-shirts or other Hunt items.

Caveat Hunter!

There appears to be a number of teams that have not designated themselves as Pro teams. Please check the list of registered teams to ensure that you are properly designated with your Pro status. However, you would have 3 years to complain about it if you won. Please email the committee to update your status.


Hello McFly??? The 2015 HWOW is up!!!

The 2015 HWOW Page is ready!!!


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 20:15!

Happy Hunting!!


Registration Reminder

Two days to go!! Registration for the 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt will open at precisely 20:15 “Arizona Time” this Friday, September 4th. Please remember, you can only checkout with a PayPal account, so be sure to have that ready at registration time.

The registration process will be the same as last year. Please make sure that ONLY ONE person registers your team! If you don’t know all of your team member names, please enter TBD for each prospective hunter. You will also be able to order extra cluebooks and maps (above the three of each already included in the registration fee), and T-shirts. If you don’t know sizes, you can always come back and order them later.

With the closing of Pinnacle Peak Patio, there was an exhaustive search to locate a suitable post-Hunt venue. All of the potential locations were more expensive than our long-term contract with Pinnacle Peak, and both the locations and city amplification laws posed limitations to our unique needs. We were able to locate a fantastic location in Westworld.  We are confident Hunters will love the new venue.

With the increased cost associated with the new venue, in addition to other escalated costs associated with the Hunt, it is necessary to increase the registration cost by $30 per team ($5 per Hunter) to offset these expenses. Sadly, there will also be no cowboy beans.

Team registration $330 (includes 6 meal tickets, 3 maps and 3 cluebooks) Extra maps $5 each (provided after completion of the Hunt)
Extra cluebooks $5 each (provided after completion of the Hunt)
T-shirts $16 each for S to XL, $18 each for XXL

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.

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

If you need to cancel your registration:
• Team cancellations on or before October 18th, 2015, will receive a 90% refund.
• Starting October 19th, 2015, cancellations up until 72 hours prior to Hunt start time will receive a 50% refund.
• After 6:15pm on October 21st, 2015, no refunds are possible.


Registration Announcement for the 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt

Greetings, Avid Hunters!

There are 55 days, 7 hours and 8 minutes (not that we’re counting) until the 65th annual Arizona Treasure Hunt officially begins! Start limbering up those typing fingers and make sure to pre-caffeinate! The 2015 Arizona Treasure Hunt Registration approaches, and who wants to be Car #2?! Make the final cuts to that team roster, size them up for t-shirts (see image below), and prepare for registration!

Registration will open at precisely 20:15 “Arizona Time” on Friday, September 4th.

Additional registration information will follow before registration opens. Please remember that checkout now requires a PayPal account. If last year’s payer didn’t make the cut this year, be sure to sign up today:


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