This is the ninth month of the GeoStash contest, and I have to tell you that the staff members here at 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY MAGAZINE are thoroughly enjoying the positive feedback we are receiving about the contest. Enthusiasts and their families are having a great time looking for the coordinates in the magazine and the markers out on the trail.
Our most recent winner is Michael Palmer of Biloxi, Mississippi. He found the April '06 marker and has won an axle truss kit from Blue Torch Fabworks of Dothan, Alabama.Michael gives us his story:"When I initially started my search, I was a bit worried. I wasn't sure which way to go because I didn't know the area. On the north side of the creek, I kept running into no trespassing signs, so I decided to go back to the south side of the creek and go in somewhere off Water Works Road. I have a stock '95 Wrangler, so I wasn't sure how far I would be able to venture down some of those trails. Not knowing the area too well, I found the nearest spot and walked almost a half-mile the rest of the way. I basically just went off through the brush and pushed my way through.
When I finally got to the area, I saw the driving trail that was used to place the marker. I got as close to the actual location as my GPS would show me, then I just stood and looked around me for a minute. I glanced off to my left and saw the marker sticking out of the ground. I couldn't believe I found it so quickly. Then I started back up, following the trail to see where it would bring me out. Ironically, I was beating my way through the brush the entire time, only about 50 to 100 yards east of the actual driving trail. At least it made my walk back a bit easier. It also made me realize that I never would have gotten my Jeep too far along the trail without running into some trouble."
Please read the detailed instructions and rules below regarding the GeoStash contest. Remember that it is very important you check our website(www.4wdandsportutility.com) to see if the current GeoStash marker has been found.
Michael Palmer of Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi
Jack Van Schenk and Tim Hawkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma
John DiFillippo of Middleport, Pennsylvania
Marc and Marvin White of Topeka, KansasMarker #2
Douglas Horne and sons of Hurricane, Utah
Jeff Law and Ron Williams of San Diego, California
Page 74. 116 52.569W - Speaker hole, upper righthand corner of page.Page 86. 34 18.253N - Under "Toyota 8-inch," below "Available gearsets."
Page 84. 37 00.013N - Located on the spray can, upper righthand corner.113 17.917W - This coordinate was listed on GeoStash webpage.
Page 6. 096 44.406W - Located in the cover photo, Table of Contents.Page 66. 39 24.052N - Bottom of page, in the black border.
Page 46. 076 04.210W - Upper right of the page, corner photo. Page 60. 40 54.415N - Lower righthand photo, lower portion of the hood.
Page 14. 34 06.172N - Located after the contact info for Currie Enterprises.Page 86. 106 49.198W - Located in the photography credit, top of page.
Page 62. 33 41.801N - Located under "Recovery."Page 70. 086 53.511W - Located on tire, middle photo
The launch of the GeoStash contest started with the Nov. '05 issue (Vol. 21, No. 11). For those of you picking up this magazine for the first time, hidden somewhere in these pages are two GPS coordinates (lat./lon.). The coordinates will not be hidden in the magazine's advertisements. 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 the capability.
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 are not part of the contest.
4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine is holding this event for 12 issues starting with Nov. '05 and running though Sept. '06. If the marker is not found any given month, the prize will be donated to a four-wheel-drive club of our choosing to be raffled off at an event of their choice. Primedia and 4WD&SU magazine cannot and will not be responsible for damaged or broken vehicles while out on the trail, personal injury, or wasted time. You are assuming all responsibility and liability by participating. Be safe, be smart, and keep your vehicles on the trail. Responsible four-wheeling and concern for the environment are key factors for us, and should be for you too. No fighting, biting, scratching, clawing, or whining over the marker. I will not take any calls from people who think they were cheated. Only one prize per individual; no multiple wins. Some locations where the marker has been hidden may require an entrance fee or day pass. You are responsible for any fees and/or obtaining passes.
No Purchase Necessary To Enter Or Win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. The contest is open to anyone 18 years of age or older as of September 15, 2005. Participants must be a legal resident of the 48 continental United States or the District of Columbia. The contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. E.T. on September 15, 2005, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. E.T. on August 15, 2006 ("Promotion Period").The contest is subject to Official Rules which are available at www.4wdandsportutility.com. Full and complete contest details (including how-to-enter instructions) are also available at this website.We would like to thank Finish Line Products for laser-cutting the trail markers. For information on its products and services, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.