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GeoStash Contest - July 2006

Posted in Events on November 1, 2006
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This is the tenth month of the GeoStash contest with only two more months to go for the year. The staff here at 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY MAGAZINE has been having a great time with the contest. The feedback and participation have been phenomenal.

The most recent winner of GeoStash is Chad Holland of Yucca Valley, California. He found the May '06 marker and has won a set of Skyjacker shocks. Here is Chad's tale:

"My friend and I found the coordinates at about 7:00 p.m. and decided to go ahead and go for it in the dark. Both of us were familiar with the area from past hunting trips. We got to within about a half-mile of it in the truck and hiked the rest of the way. We spent about 15 minutes searching on and around the boulders then found it in a large crack. It was a great time. Thanks for the fun."

The GeoStash prize for July '06 is a set of eXTREME Rings from Superlift Suspension Systems. They are available for just about any Dana, GM, Corporate, Dodge, or Ford differential. The eXTREME Ring differential protector is constructed entirely of laser-cut, 1-inch steel plate for strength and an exact fit. The ring reinforces the seal area while providing valuable front and rear differential cover protection. For durability, the rings are finished in yellow/gold zinc chromate. For more information on Superlift's products, check out:

Marker #7
Chad Holland of Yucca Valley, California
Marker #6
Michael Palmer of Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi
Marker #5
Jack Van Schenk and Tim Hawkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Marker #4
John DiFillippo of Middleport, Pennsylvania
Marker #3
Marc and Marvin White of Topeka, Kansas
Marker #2
Douglas Horne and sons of Hurricane, Utah
Marker #1
Jeff Law and Ron Williams of San Diego, California

Please read the detailed instructions and rules below regarding the GeoStash contest. Remember that it is very important you check our website ( to see if the current GeoStash marker has been found.

November 2005
Page 74. 116 52.569W - Speaker hole, upper righthand corner of page.Page 86. 34 18.253N - Under "Toyota 8-inch," below "Available gearsets."

December 2005
Page 84. 37 00.013N - Located on the spray can, upper righthand corner.113 17.917W - This coordinate was listed on GeoStash webpage.

January 2006
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.

February 2006
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.

March 2006
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.

April 2006
Page 62. 33 41.801N - Located under "Recovery."Page 70. 086 53.511W - Located on tire, middle photo.

May 2006
Page 67. 116 32.971W - Under transfer case.Page 73. 34 15.468N - Second photo down, lefthand column.

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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 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 the capability.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you check our website's GeoStash page ( 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.

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 said club's 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 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:


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