John Maxim & David Cline, Creators of the $10K Utah Treasure Hunt
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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.

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 future treasure hunts, visit at or follow @the.cline.fam & @onthejohn on Instagram.

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