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3rd Annual Traipse/WQSV 106.3 Treasure Hunt 

Augusta County, VA

The Treasure Hunt is complete!

This year we had three teams make it to the final, finishing within minutes of each other: The Warner Family, the Cline-Taskey & West duo, and the Hudson crew.

For the third year running, the Warner Family came away with the grand prize for finding the treasure first!

A huge thank you to the Staunton Public Library for hosting our fake book, which was the final location. Also, a giant thank you to our Treasure Hunt partner, 106.3 WQSV Staunton, who broadcast vital clues for hours on end.


Watch a video of how we made the fake book and where we hid it. (Book lovers, avert your eyes.)

September 24 - November 2, 2019


You’ve discovered the battered journal of a pirate named Walt “Landlocked” Walker. The journal tells of Walt’s escapades along the Atlantic. Betrayed by his crew and on the run, Walt disguised himself as a humble apple merchant, and fled to the Shenandoah Valley with the booty he and his crew had amassed over the years. The journal you’re studying is incomplete, however, as crucial pages are missing which would illuminate the ultimate fate of Walt and his treasure. All you have is a rambling set of directions, leading you… where?


Over the course of this year’s treasure hunt you’ll discover clues that are pieces of map directions. Successfully piece those directions together and you’ll be led to a place. Until you discover that location, we wouldn’t recommend actually traveling that route. Good luck!


The treasure hunt starts here:
38.316443, -78.936333

(And no, the treasure isn't there and visiting that location won't reveal anything.)

  • Passport Tour
    The Passport Tour will guide you to the businesses participating in the Open House. When you arrive at a stop, the stop's challenge question will unlock within the app. You must find the flyer with the keyword physcially at the business and enter that as your answer. Answer the challenge questions for eight stops and the Bonus Challenge will unlock. After you've answered the Bonus Challenge, you will be given a link to the entry form for the prize drawing being held at the closing party. You MUST fill out that online form to be entered into the drawing.
  • Puzzle Art Scavenger Hunt
    On this scavenger hunt, we're asking you to find eight pieces of public art throughout Shaw When you're near one of them, its challenge question will unlock. Complete the challenge question to prove you were there. Answer the challenge question for all eight pieces of public art and you'll unlock the Bonus Challenge. The Bonus Challenge will reveal the link to the entry form for the prize drawing being held at the closing party. You MUST complete the online form to enter the drawing.

How to Play


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