In the Nov. '05 issue, we rolled out our adventure contest, GeoStash. This is our way to get you out on the trail and reward you for doing so. The contest is very similar to the popular sport of geocaching. These events are basically treasure hunts and races using GPS navigation. Coordinates are given at the start, and then participants must find clues or a marker at each coordinate that will lead them to a Grand Prize.
Somewhere in the pages of 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility each month we have hidden GPS coordinates. These coordinates will pinpoint a location somewhere in the continental U.S. At that coordinate, there is a steel plate marker laser-cut with the 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine logo. When found and redeemed, the lucky enthusiast will win a prize, which will range from product donated by our advertisers to 4WD & SU magazine apparel and subscriptions.
The GPS coordinates hidden in the magazine can be just about anywhere. 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 maybe a little hiking. We'll keep it safe, so don't worry. The stainless-steel marker may be placed behind trees, between rocks, maybe under something, but it will not be buried. If you have a GPS with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), it should get you within 3-9 feet of the marker. It's easy - find the coordinates in the magazine, find the marker, call me, and win.
The marker will have my phone number listed on it. I must be called when the marker is found and it must 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 or not. Do yourself a favor and check our Web Site page before you go out searching to see if the marker has been found. Each marker for any given month will have a unique identifying mark on it so it cannot be duplicated. A disposable camera will be attached to the marker. Have a photo of yourself taken at the location and send it back to me with the marker. We would prefer an e-mailed digital image. Each month, this GeoStash page will highlight the enthusiast who found the prize, the product and manufacturer who donated the prize, and the next month's prize to be given away.
At of this writing, the November issue's prize has not been found. The Road Armor bumpers (www.roadarm or.com) and the winner will be highlighted in the Jan. '06 issue. Again, I cannot stress this enough: Check our Web site to see if the marker has been found before you go out searching.
December's prize is TeraFlex's newest innovation, the Extreme Short Shaft Kit (Estimated retail price: $360.00). It is the shortest transfer case SYE available. The kit contains several innovative features to achieve maximum driveshaft length. It's more than 3 inches shorter than a standard SYE kit; increases stock driveshaft length by more than 7 inches, a valuable gain for short-wheelbase vehicles; and comes with all necessary components and hardware to modify the stock 231 case. For more information, contact: Tera Manufacturing, (801) 288-2585, www.teraflx.com.