We are into the last month of the GeoStash contest for the 2005/2006 season, and we're ready to start another new and exciting year of the contest. The staff here at 4 WHEEL DRIVE & SPORT UTILITY cannot believe it has been a year since the start of the monthly contest.
At the writing of this issue, the August '06 issue has not hit the newsstands yet. As always, keep an eye on 4WD&SU's website for an update on the marker.
MISSING - the July '06 marker! I was hoping I wouldn't ever have to write this, but it seems the stainless marker has vanished from its hiding place without a trace. This revelation is truly surprising. I received a call from Steve Johnson of Great Falls, Montana, in which he detailed his search of the location indicated by the coordinates and related his unsuccesful attempt to find the marker. The very next day, I sent my contact in the area (the person who planted the marker) out to see if the marker was still in its resting spot. Apparently, it has indeed vanished. My contact told me there was one very fresh set of tracks to the missing marker's coordinates, and that was it.
I know I am going to take some flak for this, but this one and only time I am going to give the marker to a person I feel was honestly at the location of the missing marker, Steve Johnson. Being the good detective I am, I had my contact verify the pattern of tire tracks when he went out. From here on out though, the marker must be redeemed to win any prizes, or the prize will go to a 4x4 club of my choosing for a club raffle, as stated in the rules.
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.
November '05 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 '05 Page 84. 37 00.013N - Located on the spray can, upper righthand corner.113 17.917W - This coordinate was listed on GeoStash webpage.
January '06Page 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 '06Page 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 '06 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 '06 Page 62. 33 41.801N - Located under "Recovery."Page 70. 086 53.511W - Located on tire, middle photo.
May '06Page 67. 116 32.971W - Under transfer case.Page 73. 34 15.468N - Second photo down, lefthand column.
June '06 Page 42. 41 56.79N - Upper righthand corner of page.Page 94. 84 58.59W - Bottom left of Ultra Wheel photo.
July '06 Page 66. 48 31.401N - Lower righthand corner photo.Page 89. 114 08.456W - Bottom image, clocking ring.
Marker #10Not found (at the publication of this issue)Marker #9MissingMarker #8 Dan Coffee of Cleveland, Ohio Marker #7Chad Holland of Yucca Valley, CaliforniaMarker #6Michael Palmer of Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi Marker #5 Jack Van Schenk and Tim Hawkins of Tulsa, OklahomaMarker #4 John DiFillippo of Middleport, PennsylvaniaMarker #3 Marc and Marvin White of Topeka, KansasMarker #2Douglas Horne and sons of Murray, Utah Marker #1Jeff Law and Ron Williams of San Diego, California
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 (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.