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What is the YABA Treasure Hunt?

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

How does the game work?

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 clue.

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.