Everyone loves adventure - that's why we own four-wheel-drive vehicles. So what can be better than four-wheeling and adventure? How about four-wheeling, adventure, and a search for treasure? Starting this month, we are rolling out our exciting new GeoStash GPS contest. Yes, we are going to get you out on the trail even if it kills us.
You're probably asking, "What the heck is this?" It is very similar to the popular and ever-growing sport of geocaching. These events are basically treasure hunts and races using GPS navigational devices. Coordinates are given at the start. Participants must find clues or a marker at each coordinate that will lead them to a Grand Prize.
Somewhere in 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility each month we are going to hide GPS coordinates. These coordinates will pinpoint a location somewhere in the continental US. At that coordinate, we will plant a steel plate marker. When found and redeemed, the lucky enthusiast will win a very cool prize. These prizes will range from product donated by our advertisers to 4WD & SU magazine apparel and subscriptions.
The GPS coordinate could be hidden just about anywhere in the magazine. They may be scattered in pieces throughout the pages, hidden in the text of a story, or ghost-imaged in a photo. Finding the marker on the trail will require use of four-wheel drive and hiking. We will keep it safe, so don't worry, you won't have to rappel off the side of any cliffs.
The marker will have my phone number listed on the back. I must be called when the marker is found. It must also be sent back to me for verification, but will be returned. During the contest, I will post on our Web site whether the marker has been found. Do yourself a favor and check the Web page before you go out searching. Each marker for any given month will have a unique identifying mark on it so it cannot be duplicated. The marker will be attached to a disposable camera. Have a photo of yourself taken at the location (hopefully you won't be out alone) and send it in with the marker. If you can, we would prefer a digital image, but use the disposable camera if need be. From here on out, this GeoStash page will highlight the enthusiast who found the prize, the product and manufacturer, and the next month's prize to be given away.
To start this contest, Road Armor has donated a set of its tough new Jeep bumpers (estimated retail value $900.00) as the first prize; lights (and Jeep) not included. For more info, check out www.roadarmor.com.Good luck.