Founded in 1999 as a coproduction
of YABA* and T-Hunts.com,
the YABA Treasure Hunt has grown from 85 players in its
first year, to 350 in 2003.It is the largest summer treasure
hunt in the San Francisco Bay Area.
*the Young Alumni of the Bay Area
The game is played in teams, on
foot, during the daytime, in a treasure hunt sector that
includes several square miles of San Francisco. This year
the game sector will include the Haight-Ashbury, Cole
Valley, Parnassus Heights, the inner Sunset (to 9th Avenue),
and the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park (from approximately
9th Avenue east).
Teams solve approximately clues.
Each clue, when solved, will lead to a location within
the treasure hunt sector.
At each clue site your team will
be expected to write something down that can only be found
at the clue site. This might be the number of a license
plate which has been placed there by us, some random sticky
letters attached to a pole, or some environmental information
found at the site. Write down the required information
on your answer sheet to prove your team has solved that
Clues may be paper, may be objects
or devices, and may involve interaction with actors or
other game agents at (or between) clue sites.
The game will begin and end at
the Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park. This is off JFK
Drive, east of the Conservatory of Flowers, and west of
Stanyan (approximately in line with Arguello Boulevard).
We'll have a post-game party (with a buffet spread), followed
by an awards ceremony for the top teams in each division.
This year we will have a fourth
division for alumni teams. When you register, enter one
of the three traditional divisions (Beginner, Regular
or Masters), then check off the "We are an Alumni
Team" box to let us know you also want to enter the
Alumni competition. The top-scoring Alumni team (from
any division) will win the Alumni division.