We are into the fourth month of the GeoStash contest, and to date we have very excited participants and winners. For the November 2005 issue, Jeff Law of San Diego, California, won some very cool Road Armor bumpers. Douglas Horne from Salt Lake City, Utah, and two of his sons have found the marker for December and won TeraFlex's New Extreme Short Shaft Kit. Douglas used National Geographic's TOPO GPS software to locate the coordinates out on the trail. He told me they had a great time looking for the marker and his sons enjoyed getting out on the trail with him. Congratulations.
At the writing of this issue, the marker for January 2006 has not yet been found. DPG Off Road's new Rock Attack front TJ bumper is still up for grabs. I'll keep saying this: check our website before you go out hunting for the marker.
In this issue, February 2006, we are very proud to be working with Advanced Air Systems Inc. Owner, Steve Sasaki. He has thrown in his new '06 Team Yellow PT10 Power Tank (Package A) as this month's GeoStash prize. The prize PT10 Package A includes the 10-lb Power Tank system in its new '06 Team Yellow color, decked out with the tank boot, the regulator cover, and the aluminum Super Bracket. The hose is the new HP-1100 SuperFlex braided hose, and the regulator is the new-for-2005 SuperFlow HPX aluminum. For more information on Power Tank, visit: www.powertank.com
The launch of the GeoStash contest started with the November 2005 issue (Vol. 21, No. 11). For those of you picking this magazine up for the first time, hidden somewhere in the pages are two GPS coordinates (lat/lon). The coordinates will not be hidden in the magazine's ads. Once you find the coordinates in these pages, they will pinpoint a location somewhere in the continental U.S. Hidden at that location is a laser-cut steel plate (marker). When the marker is found and redeemed with me, the lucky contestant will win a very cool prize donated by one of our advertisers. Attached to the marker is a disposable camera; take a photo of yourself at the location of the marker and send it to me, although I would really prefer a digital image if you have such a camera.
It is very IMPORTANT that you check our website's GeoStash page (www.4wdandsportutility.com) before you run off hunting for the marker. I can't stress this enough. The webpage is updated almost daily regarding the status of each month's marker. It also contains the full rules and regulations of the contest. On this page you will also find important clues about the coordinates hidden in the magazine. Keep in mind that some of the trail adventure articles and tech reviews in the magazine contain lat/lon coordinates which may or may not be part of the GeoStash contest. The GeoStash page on our website will tell you which coordinates are not part of the contest.